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Cannon Air Force Base

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Cannon AFB is a US Air Force base located in Curry County, New Mexico. As of the 2000 census, the base as an administrative entity had a total resident population of 2,557.

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Military

Cannon Air Force Base is an F-16 fighter base, part of Air Combat Command (ACC), Twelfth Air Force. It is home to the 27th Fighter Wing, made up of the the 428th, 522nd, 523rd, and 524th Fighter Squadrons. Is is formed of the 27th Mission Support Group, 27th Maintenance Group, 27th Operations Group, and 27th Medical Group. Within the Operations Group, the fighter squadrons are supported by 27th Operations Support Squadron (OSS). Cannon also is responsible for Melrose Range, an air training range near the neighboring town of Melrose, New Mexico. The 27th Fighter Wing is nicknamed "The World's Most Lethal Warfighting Team."

Base Realignment and Closure

On May 13 2005, The Base Realignment and Closure commission recommended that this base be closed. This may be subject to change by the President of the United States and the United States Congress.

Geography

Cannon AFB is located at Template:Coor dms1. It lies 6 miles from the town of Clovis, New Mexico and about twice that far to the town of Portales. Many military personnel reside in both towns; additionally, federally-owned military housing developments have been built within Clovis and Portales, including one section direct adjacent to the base.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the base has a total area of 13.8 km² (5.3 mi²). 13.8 km² (5.3 mi²) of it is land and 0.19% is water.

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 2,557 people, 921 households, and 575 families residing on base. The population density is 185.9/km² (481.8/mi²). There are 1,087 housing units at an average density of 79.0/km² (204.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the residents is 67.97% White, 13.34% African American, 0.70% Native American, 5.71% Asian, 0.31% Pacific Islander, 6.06% from other races, and 5.91% from two or more races. 12.12% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 921 households out of which 37.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.9% are married couples living together, 4.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% are non-families. 37.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 0.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.16 and the average family size is 2.82.

Age-wise, the population is spread out with 20.2% under the age of 18, 52.8% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 0.8% from 45 to 64, and 0.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 22 years. For every 100 females there are 153.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 171.4 males.

The median income for a household on the base is $18,465, and the median income for a family is $25,573. Males have a median income of $15,546 versus $14,635 for females. The per capita income for the base is $11,562. 12.0% of the population and 11.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 14.0% of those under the age of 18 and 0.0% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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