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Belen, New Mexico - Basic Facts

The City of Belen is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Valencia County at latitude 34.6592 and longitude -106.763. Valencia County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 4,810 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Belen, but most people and references simply refer to it as Belen, New Mexico.

The P1 Census Class Code for Belen indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the City of Belen (see map below) encompass a land area of 8.28 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Belen: Belem, Bethel, Nuestra Senora de Belen *.

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


Total Population 7,007
Population in Households 6,910
Population in Familes 5,498
Population in Group Qrtrs 97
Population Density1 845
Diversity Index2 71


Total Households 2,801
Average Household Size 2.47
Family Households 1,835
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 3,362 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,849 (55.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 952 (28.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 561 (16.7%)
Median Home Value $107,246
Average Home Value $125,473


Median Household Income $31,317
Average Household Income $41,298
Per Capita Income $16,279
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population -0.86% -0.61%
Households -0.71% -0.45%
Families -0.64% -0.63%
Median Household Income   3.09%
Per Capita Income   2.75%
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.


Belen, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Belen 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 # 34 93rd
Population Density1 # 59 87th
Diversity Index2 # 131 71st
Median Household Income # 332 25th
Per Capita Income # 308 31st

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