El Cerro, NM Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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El Cerro, New Mexico - Basic Facts

The El Cerro Census Designated Place had a population of 3,029 as of July 1, 2016. El Cerro 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 El Cerro is located at latitude 34.7821 and longitude -106.6946 in Valencia County. The formal boundaries for the El Cerro Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.24 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Valencia County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 4,842 feet.

The El Cerro Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2584092) 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 El Cerro Census Designated Place is located within Los Lunas Division of Valencia County.

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


Total Population 3,029
Population in Households 3,023
Population in Familes 2,583
Population in Group Qrtrs 6
Population Density1 715
Diversity Index2 70


Total Households 1,125
Average Household Size 2.69
Family Households 828
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,200 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 941 (78.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 184 (15.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 75 ( 6.2%)
Median Home Value $235,135
Average Home Value $248,963


Median Household Income $47,295
Average Household Income $72,350
Per Capita Income $27,077
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.41% 0.01%
Households 0.32% -0.04%
Families 0.14% -0.17%
Median Household Income   1.92%
Per Capita Income   1.82%
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.

El Cerro, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares El Cerro 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 # 64 86th
Population Density1 # 72 84th
Diversity Index2 # 152 65th
Median Household Income # 115 74th
Per Capita Income # 88 80th

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