Rio Rancho, NM Profile: Facts & 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 99,059 as of July 1, 2018. 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 35.2334 and longitude -106.6645 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Rio Rancho: Rio Rancho Estates.

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Rio Rancho, NM Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 99,059
Population in Households 98,852
Population in Familes 83,257
Population in Group Qrtrs 207
Population Density2 959
Diversity Index3 73


Median Household Income $62,325
Average Household Income $78,508
Per Capita Income $28,176


Total Housing Units 37,883 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 29,188 (77.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,287 (16.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,408 ( 6.4%)
Median Home Value $189,271
Average Home Value $216,777


Total Households 35,475
Average Household Size 2.79
Family Households 25,428
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 1.53% 1.81%
Households 1.31% 1.66%
Families 1.11% 1.56%
Median Household Income   1.66%
Per Capita Income   2.15%

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, 2018 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 Density # 50 89th
Diversity Index # 116 74th
Median Household Income # 33 93rd
Per Capita Income # 88 80th

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