Thursday, September 5, 2019

Population loss in New Mexico: Union County/Clayton

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Population loss as in major -- 50% or more. First post in series.

Source:  Wikipedia (Union County, Clayton)

Clayton is the county seat of Union County.

Population loss by degrees:  80-90%70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 15.9% - Union County
  • 26.9% - New Mexico
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 20.9% - Union County
  • 17.5% - New Mexico
  • 15.6% - U.S.
% of population living in poverty:
  • 17.6% - Union County
  • 19.7% - New Mexico
  • 12.3% - U.S.

The last time Union County voted for a Democratic candidate for president was 1948 -- Harry Truman.  Trump received 71.5% of the vote in 2016.

Related reading:
Accusations Against a Sect in New Mexico.  (The New York Times, 5/4/2008)
For 16 years, John Sayer followed a man who calls himself Michael, finally settling along with other families on a former ranch in a remote corner of New Mexico. 
There were red flags along the way, but Mr. Sayer stayed with the Lord Our Righteousness Church until late 2005. 
He said the church’s leader, Michael Travesser, whose real name is Wayne Bent, “said God told him that he was supposed to sleep with seven virgins,” including Mr. Sayer’s daughters, then 14 and 15. 
“I just told him no,” Mr. Sayer, 36, said. “I don’t see it’s right.”

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