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Elephant Butte, New Mexico - Basic Facts

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The City of Elephant Butte had a population of 1,387 as of July 1, 2016. Elephant Butte ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New Mexico. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Elephant Butte is located at latitude 33.1824 and longitude -107.2216 in Sierra County. The formal boundaries for the City of Elephant Butte (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.3 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Sierra County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 4,465 feet.

The City of Elephant Butte (GNIS ID: 2410420) 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 Elephant Butte is located within Truth or Consequences East Division of Sierra County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Elephant Butte 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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Elephant Butte, NM Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 1,387
Population in Households 1,387
Population in Familes 1,028
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 323
Diversity Index2 40


Total Households 744
Average Household Size 1.86
Family Households 438
Average Family Size 2


Total Housing Units 1,291 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 639 (49.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 106 ( 8.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 547 (42.4%)
Median Home Value $147,872
Average Home Value $157,288


Median Household Income $35,488
Average Household Income $45,628
Per Capita Income $24,341
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.5% -0.47%
Households -0.59% -0.54%
Families -0.92% -0.74%
Median Household Income   0.73%
Per Capita Income   1.39%
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.

Elephant Butte, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Elephant Butte 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 # 115 74th
Population Density1 # 165 63rd
Diversity Index2 # 375 16th
Median Household Income # 281 37th
Per Capita Income # 121 73rd

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