Belen, NM Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Belen, New Mexico - Basic Facts

The City of Belen had a population of 7,048 as of July 1, 2016. Belen 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 Belen is located at latitude 34.6592 and longitude -106.763 in Valencia County. 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. Valencia County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 4,810 feet.

The City of Belen (GNIS ID: 2409814) 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 Belen is located within Belen Division of Valencia County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Belen 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 Belen: Belem, Bethel, Nuestra Senora de Belen *.

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


Total Population 7,048
Population in Households 6,951
Population in Familes 5,502
Population in Group Qrtrs 97
Population Density1 851
Diversity Index2 71


Total Households 2,783
Average Household Size 2.5
Family Households 1,810
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 3,364 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,779 (52.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,004 (29.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 581 (17.3%)
Median Home Value $113,288
Average Home Value $138,814


Median Household Income $35,714
Average Household Income $46,320
Per Capita Income $18,263
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.49% -0.48%
Households -0.59% -0.56%
Families -0.66% -0.75%
Median Household Income   -0.09%
Per Capita Income   0.61%
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, 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 # 34 93rd
Population Density1 # 58 87th
Diversity Index2 # 135 70th
Median Household Income # 276 38th
Per Capita Income # 301 32nd

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