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Velarde, New Mexico - Basic Facts

The Velarde Census Designated Place had a population of 481 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Velarde is located at latitude 36.1593 and longitude -105.9588 in Rio Arriba County. 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. Rio Arriba County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 5,761 feet.

The Velarde Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2584231) 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 Velarde Census Designated Place is located within South Rio Arriba Division of Rio Arriba County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Velarde 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 Velarde: La Hoya, La Jolla, La Joya, Phahu'bu'u, Tsigubu'u.

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


Total Population 481
Population in Households 481
Population in Familes 383
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 188
Diversity Index2 70


Total Households 214
Average Household Size 2.25
Family Households 137
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 275 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 178 (64.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 36 (13.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 61 (22.2%)
Median Home Value $138,983
Average Home Value $224,157


Median Household Income $37,331
Average Household Income $52,619
Per Capita Income $21,273
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.68% -0.46%
Households -0.59% -0.38%
Families 0.12% -0.59%
Median Household Income   0.77%
Per Capita Income   1.11%
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, 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 # 218 51st
Population Density1 # 229 49th
Diversity Index2 # 144 68th
Median Household Income # 245 45th
Per Capita Income # 214 52nd

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