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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.


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Median household income
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$30,848
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Jal demographic reports
Former and merged names include:
· Muleshoe
Jal was established in 1910.
The Jal Cowboy Sculpture is 400 feet long with 17 giant figures.
Well-known residents have included:
· Kathy Whitworth, golfer
Nearby parks & recreation: Jal Lake Park

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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.

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9% of Jal residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Jal, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $220.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $496.


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Lea County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Jal political report.

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The average commute time for Jal workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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