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Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico - Basic Facts

The City of Ruidoso Downs had a population of 2,631 as of July 1, 2016. Ruidoso Downs ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New Mexico. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Ruidoso Downs is located at latitude 33.3312 and longitude -105.5968 in Lincoln County. The formal boundaries for the City of Ruidoso Downs (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.79 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Lincoln County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 6,417 feet.

The City of Ruidoso Downs (GNIS ID: 2411014) 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 Ruidoso Downs is located within Ruidoso Division of Lincoln County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Ruidoso Downs 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 Ruidoso Downs: Green Tree, Palo Verde.

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


Total Population 2,631
Population in Households 2,631
Population in Familes 2,114
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 695
Diversity Index2 73


Total Households 1,053
Average Household Size 2.5
Family Households 688
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,502 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 641 (42.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 412 (27.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 449 (29.9%)
Median Home Value $125,000
Average Home Value $157,917


Median Household Income $34,676
Average Household Income $44,382
Per Capita Income $18,094
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -1.08% -0.78%
Households -1.0% -0.69%
Families -1.43% -0.89%
Median Household Income   0.93%
Per Capita Income   1.56%
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.

Ruidoso Downs, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Ruidoso Downs 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 # 72 84th
Population Density1 # 77 83rd
Diversity Index2 # 104 77th
Median Household Income # 306 31st
Per Capita Income # 311 30th

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