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Raton, New Mexico - Basic Facts

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The City of Raton had a population of 6,688 as of July 1, 2016. Raton ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New Mexico. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Raton is located at latitude 36.885 and longitude -104.4396 in Colfax County. The formal boundaries for the City of Raton (see map below) encompass a land area of 7.96 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Colfax County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 6,680 feet.

The City of Raton (GNIS ID: 2411522) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

New Mexico is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Raton is located within Raton Division of Colfax County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Raton population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Raton: Willow Springs.

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Raton, NM Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 6,688
Population in Households 6,578
Population in Familes 5,036
Population in Group Qrtrs 110
Population Density1 840
Diversity Index2 66


Total Households 2,897
Average Household Size 2.27
Family Households 1,736
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 3,745 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,882 (50.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,014 (27.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 848 (22.6%)
Median Home Value $98,675
Average Home Value $135,952


Median Household Income $35,218
Average Household Income $45,129
Per Capita Income $19,962
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.46% -0.8%
Households -0.36% -0.73%
Families -0.59% -0.95%
Median Household Income   1.09%
Per Capita Income   1.38%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Raton, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Raton to the other 443 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New Mexico by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 36 92nd
Population Density1 # 61 86th
Diversity Index2 # 215 52nd
Median Household Income # 288 35th
Per Capita Income # 254 43rd

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