Rio Rancho, NM Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Rio Rancho, New Mexico - Basic Facts

The City of Rio Rancho is the 3rd largest city in New Mexico with a population of 94,592 as of July 1, 2016. Rio Rancho ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New Mexico. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Rio Rancho is located at latitude 35.2851 and longitude -106.6989 in Sandoval County. The formal boundaries for the City of Rio Rancho (see map below) encompass a land area of 103.34 sq. miles and a water area of 0.32 sq. miles. Sandoval County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 5,282 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Rio Rancho are located in Sandoval County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Bernalillo County.

The City of Rio Rancho (GNIS ID: 2410954) 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 Rio Rancho is located within Rio Rancho Division of Sandoval County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Rio Rancho 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 Rio Rancho: Rio Rancho Estates.

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


Total Population 94,592
Population in Households 94,382
Population in Familes 79,833
Population in Group Qrtrs 210
Population Density1 915
Diversity Index2 72


Total Households 34,069
Average Household Size 2.77
Family Households 24,545
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 36,461 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 26,177 (71.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,893 (21.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,392 ( 6.6%)
Median Home Value $187,369
Average Home Value $218,441


Median Household Income $59,035
Average Household Income $75,117
Per Capita Income $27,118
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.27% 1.09%
Households 1.08% 0.98%
Families 0.89% 0.87%
Median Household Income   1.53%
Per Capita Income   1.48%
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.

Rio Rancho, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Rio Rancho 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 # 3 100th
Population Density1 # 53 88th
Diversity Index2 # 119 74th
Median Household Income # 38 92nd
Per Capita Income # 87 81st

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