La Mesilla, NM Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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La Mesilla, New Mexico - Basic Facts

The La Mesilla Census Designated Place had a population of 1,855 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for La Mesilla is located at latitude 35.9464 and longitude -106.0693 in Rio Arriba County. The formal boundaries for the La Mesilla Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.47 sq. miles and a water area of 0.04 sq. miles. Rio Arriba County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 5,627 feet.

The La Mesilla Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2584131) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. 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 La Mesilla Census Designated Place is located within Santa Clara Pueblo Division of Rio Arriba County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with La Mesilla 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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La Mesilla Census Designated Place, NM Boundary Map

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


Total Population 1,855
Population in Households 1,855
Population in Familes 1,547
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 415
Diversity Index2 72


Total Households 786
Average Household Size 2.36
Family Households 536
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 853 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 651 (76.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 135 (15.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 67 ( 7.9%)
Median Home Value $250,828
Average Home Value $266,705


Median Household Income $63,725
Average Household Income $82,823
Per Capita Income $35,094
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.74% 0.27%
Households 0.86% 0.35%
Families 0.64% 0.22%
Median Household Income   3.6%
Per Capita Income   2.1%
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.

La Mesilla, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares La Mesilla 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 # 91 80th
Population Density1 # 135 70th
Diversity Index2 # 114 74th
Median Household Income # 26 94th
Per Capita Income # 36 92nd

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE New Mexico Census Data Comparison Tool.