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Once known as "The Natural Gas Capital of the World"
Jal is a city in Lea County, in the Hobbs metro area.
One tradition says the community was named after the JAL ranch, owned by J.A. Lynch; another says simply that it was named for the JAL cattle brand.
The latitude of Jal is 32.113N. The longitude is -103.193W.It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 3,071 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 1,980.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Jal demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Lea County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 88252 ZIP code.
7% of Jal residents report German ancestry, and 6% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Jal ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Jal was $14,354, compared with $21,587 nationally.
9% of Jal residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Jal, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $220. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $496.
Libraries in Jal include Woolworth Community Library ... View libraries
Lea County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Jal political report.
The average commute time for Jal workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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