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Overview

Introduction to Portales, New Mexico

Portales, New Mexico, in Roosevelt county, is 94 miles NW of Lubbock, Texas and 198 miles E of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Portales History

Originally under Spanish rule in the 1600s, this area was known as Llano Estacado, or the staked planes, due to the abundance of yucca plants in the area. Comanche Indians inhabited this area for most of the 1800s. Territorial settlement by cattle herders began in the late 1800s. The city of Portales was formally established in 1909.

Portales and nearby Attractions

  • Miles Mineral Museum
  • Natural History Museum
  • Roosevelt County Museum
  • Blackwater Draw Museum
  • Whispering Winds Golf Course
  • Oasis State Park

Things To Do In Portales

The Blackwater Archaeological site is a well visited historic site near Portales. The Blackwater Draw Museum and the Natural History Museum provide insight into the area's history. The Oasis State Park and other nearby parks offer visitors various outdoor recreational facilities. The Whispering Winds Golf Course provides excellent facilities to local golfers.

Portales Transportation

Flights are available from Lea County Regional Airport.

Portales Higher Education

Eastern New Mexico University is the local institution of higher education. Others in the area include South Plains College, Wayland Baptist University and Texas Tech University.

Demographics

People

Total Population12,275
Male Share of the Population51%
Female Share of the Population49%
Senior Citizens11.3%
Employed Population 16+4,899
Age of the Population26

Families

% of people married39.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher24.8%
Median Earnings25+$26,934
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,324
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,588

Wealth

Median Family Income$40,529
% Above Poverty Level70.5%
% Below Poverty Level29.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time16 minutes
% Working from Home2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work6.7%
% Using Public Transportation0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone33.8%
Median Gross Rent$739
Median House Value$116,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)49.7%
Irish9%
German8%
English5.8%
Italian4.6%
Norwegian2%
Dutch1.4%
French Except Basque1.4%
Scottish0.8%
Arab0.5%
Syrian0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Czech0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Russian0.2%
Swedish0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Greek0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Polish0.1%
African0.1%
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Portales Almanac

CategoryValue
County Roosevelt County
Standard Zip Codes88130, 88123
Phone Area Codes505,575
Time ZoneAmerica/Denver
Approximate Latitude34.18
Approximate Longitude-103.34

Portales Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationPORTALES
Distance1.6 miles
Jan Temp23 to 54 F
Apr Temp41 to 75 F
Jul Temp64 to 92 F
Oct Temp43 to 75 F
Annual Precip17.1 inches
StationARCH
Distance12.1 miles
Jan Temp20 to 52 F
Apr Temp37 to 73 F
Jul Temp62 to 91 F
Oct Temp40 to 74 F
Annual Precip14.9 inches
StationMULESHOE 1
Distance34.5 miles
Jan Temp20 to 52 F
Apr Temp39 to 73 F
Jul Temp62 to 92 F
Oct Temp41 to 74 F
Annual Precip17.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Clovis39,461$48,033
Dora107$87,813
Elida188$45,000
Melrose619$46,250
Texico1,262$39,464

Portales Public Libraries

Portales Public Library
218 S. AVE. B
Portales, New Mexico
(575) 356-3940

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Portales Hospitals

Roosevelt General Hospital
(Government - District/authority)
42121 United States Highway 70
(575) 359-1800

Portales Public Schools

Lindsey-steiner Elementary
1000 North Ave M
ZIP: 88130
(575) 356-7060
Middle
Total Enrollment 400
James Elementary
701 West 18th St
ZIP: 88130
(505) 356-7000
Primary
Total Enrollment 441
Brown Early Childhood Center
520 West 5th St
ZIP: 88130
(505) 356-7000
Primary
Total Enrollment 355
Portales High
201 South Knoxville Ave
ZIP: 88130
(505) 356-7000
High
Total Enrollment 793
Portales Jr High
300 East 5th St
ZIP: 88130
(505) 356-7000
Middle
Total Enrollment 418
Valencia Elementary
1415 South Globe
ZIP: 88130
(505) 356-7000
Primary
Total Enrollment 438
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