Jal, New Mexico

Jal Public Schools
Jal Public Schools

The name "Jal" seems to have come from a herd of cattle branded with the initials "JAL" (after their previous owner: a Texas rancher named John A. Lynch). The cattle had been driven to a place known as Monument Draw (about 6 miles northeast of the present-day settlement, just over the line in Texas). Local folks referred to them as the JAL cattle and the cowboys who tended them as the Jal cowboys. The name has stuck to the area since. Cattle ranching is still big business in the area but oil and gas production is even bigger.

The population of Jal is up about 5% since 2000.

Fast Facts about Jal, New Mexico
Jal, Lea County, NM 88252
Latitude: 32.112102°N
Longitude: 103.192972°W
Elevation: 3,071'

High School or Higher: 63.5%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 9.3%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 2.9%
Cost of Living Index for Jal: 83.0

2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $38,000
Median Home Value: $58,100
Median Resident Age: 38.2 Years
Major Industries:
Natural Resources, Transportation & Warehousing, Utilities, Manufacturing, Other Services, Retail Trade
Unemployed (August 2014): 3.8%
Population Demographics: 2010
Total Population 2,047
Males 1,021
Females 1,026
Population by Age
Under 18 533
18 & over 1,514
20-24 118
25-34 222
35-49 375
50-64 382
65 & over 346
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino 985
Non Hispanic or Latino 1,062
Population by Race
White 1,736
African-American 17
Asian 3
Native American 15
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0
Other 242
Two or more 34