White Sands, NM Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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White Sands, New Mexico - Basic Facts

The White Sands Census Designated Place had a population of 1,671 as of July 1, 2016. White Sands 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 White Sands is located at latitude 32.3836 and longitude -106.4928 in Doña Ana County. The formal boundaries for the White Sands Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.09 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Doña Ana County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 4,239 feet.

The White Sands Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2409585) has a M2 Census Class Code which indicates a military or other defense installation entirely within a census designated place. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

New Mexico is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The White Sands Census Designated Place is located within White Sands Division of Doña Ana County.

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

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


Total Population 1,671
Population in Households 1,417
Population in Familes 1,315
Population in Group Qrtrs 254
Population Density1 540
Diversity Index2 67


Total Households 463
Average Household Size 3.06
Family Households 380
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 580 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 17 ( 2.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 445 (76.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 117 (20.2%)
Median Home Value $178,333
Average Home Value $207,353


Median Household Income $51,639
Average Household Income $59,257
Per Capita Income $19,964
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.19% 0.11%
Households 0.28% 0.17%
Families 0.04% 0.05%
Median Household Income   1.59%
Per Capita Income   1.32%
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.

White Sands, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares White Sands 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 # 99 78th
Population Density1 # 95 79th
Diversity Index2 # 200 55th
Median Household Income # 87 81st
Per Capita Income # 253 43rd

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