Profile for Tucumcari, New Mexico, NM
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Tucumcari is a city in Quay County.
It is the county seat.
The community name derives from Indian term for "lookout."
The latitude of Tucumcari is 35.171N. The longitude is -103.724W.
It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 4,091 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 5,564.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Tucumcari demographic reports
Former and merged names include:
Established as a tent city for railroad workers
The Texaco station at Route 66 (Tucumcari Boulevard) and First Street claims to be the only gas station operating continuously from the Route 66 era to the present
Local festivals include:
- Quay County Fair - Aug. 14-18, 2007
- Quay County 4H Rodeo and Horse Show - July 27-28, 2007
- Art Festival - March 28-30, 2007
- Quay County Heritage Dayze - Sept. 14-15, 2007
Dates often change. Check Tucumcari web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation:
Conchas Lake State Park, Ute Lake
Historic routes: Route 66
Historic sites and museums: Tucumcari Historical Museum, Mesalands Dinosaur Museum
Colleges and universities:
Mesa Technical College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
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Ancestry & family history
9% of Tucumcari residents report German ancestry, and 7% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Tucumcari ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Tucumcari was $14,786, compared with $21,587 nationally.
13% of Tucumcari residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Tucumcari festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Art Festival - M
- Quay County Fair - A
- Quay County Heritage Dayze - S
- Quay County 4H Rodeo and Horse Show - J
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Median rent in Tucumcari, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $243. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $587.
Libraries in Tucumcari include Schlientz Memorial Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Tucumcari include Quay County Sun
Quay County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Tucumcari political report.
The average commute time for Tucumcari workers is 10 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
Hotels in Tucumcari include Best Western, Comfort Inn, Days Inn, Econo Lodge, Holiday Inn Tucumcari, Howard Johnson Express Inn, Microtel Inn, Motel 6, Rodeway Inn East, Super 8 ... More hotels.
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