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Velarde, New Mexico - Basic Facts

The Velarde Census Designated Place is a community or populated place (Class Code U5) located in Rio Arriba County at latitude 36.1593 and longitude -105.9588. Rio Arriba County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 5,761 feet.

The formal official name is the Velarde Census Designated Place, but most people and references simply refer to it as Velarde, New Mexico.

The U5 Census Class Code for Velarde indicates a populated place that is also a census designated place with the same name.. The Census Designated Place has a Functional Status Code "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The formal boundaries for the Velarde Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.55 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Velarde: La Hoya, La Jolla, La Joya, Phahu'bu'u, Tsigubu'u.

Velarde Census Designated Place, NM Boundary Map


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Velarde, NM Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 496
Population in Households 496
Population in Familes 396
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 194
Diversity Index2 71


Total Households 223
Average Household Size 2.22
Family Households 144
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 274 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 188 (68.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 35 (12.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 51 (18.6%)
Median Home Value $118,919
Average Home Value $157,979


Median Household Income $35,446
Average Household Income $51,012
Per Capita Income $20,467
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population -0.28% -0.28%
Households 0.11% 0.0%
Families 1.35% -0.14%
Median Household Income   3.64%
Per Capita Income   2.98%
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.


Velarde, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Velarde to the other 443 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New Mexico by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 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 # 216 51st
Population Density1 # 227 49th
Diversity Index2 # 132 70th
Median Household Income # 258 42nd
Per Capita Income # 192 57th

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