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Ruidoso, New Mexico - Basic Facts

The Village of Ruidoso had a population of 7,910 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Ruidoso is located at latitude 33.3458 and longitude -105.668 in Lincoln County. The formal boundaries for the Village of Ruidoso (see map below) encompass a land area of 16.13 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Lincoln County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 6,729 feet.

The Village of Ruidoso (GNIS ID: 2413585) 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 Village of Ruidoso is located within Ruidoso Division of Lincoln County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Ruidoso 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: Dowlins Mill, Ruidosa at Forks.

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


Total Population 7,910
Population in Households 7,910
Population in Familes 5,861
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 491
Diversity Index2 62


Total Households 3,754
Average Household Size 2.11
Family Households 2,176
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 8,562 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,603 (30.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,150 (13.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,808 (56.2%)
Median Home Value $184,856
Average Home Value $227,833


Median Household Income $42,166
Average Household Income $58,344
Per Capita Income $27,499
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.24% -0.29%
Households -0.13% -0.25%
Families -0.25% -0.45%
Median Household Income   1.34%
Per Capita Income   1.69%
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, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Ruidoso 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 # 32 93rd
Population Density1 # 114 74th
Diversity Index2 # 265 40th
Median Household Income # 165 63rd
Per Capita Income # 83 81st

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