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The San Rafael CDP(1) had a population of 1,185 as of July 1, 2022. San Rafael ranks in the upper 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 San Rafael is located at latitude 35.1125 and longitude -107.8826 in Cibola County. The formal boundaries for the San Rafael Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 10.32 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Cibola County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 6,470 feet.

The San Rafael Census Designated Place 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 San Rafael Census Designated Place is located within Grants Division of Cibola County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for San Rafael: Bikyaya, El Gallo.

  1. A Census Designated Place (CDP) is a statistical counterpart to a self-governing (incorporated) place such as a city, town, or village. A CDP is not a legal entity and has no governmental functions.

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San Rafael, NM Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2022)


Total Population 1,185 (100%)
Population in Households 1,168 (98.6%)
Population in Families 926 (78.1%)
Population in Group Quarters1 17 ( 1.4%)
Population Density 75
Diversity Index2 80


Median Household Income $59,135
Average Household Income $66,805
% of Income for Mortgage4 10%
Per Capita Income $27,558
Wealth Index5 51


Total HU (Housing Units) 544 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 422 (77.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 45 ( 8.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 77 (14.2%)
Median Home Value $115,934
Average Home Value $164,336
Housing Affordability Index3 261


Total Households 467
Average Household Size 2.50
Family Households 306
Average Family Size 3.00
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2020-2022 2022-2027
Population 0.80% -0.08%
Households 0.00% -0.04%
Families   -0.13%
Median Household Income   0.92%
Per Capita Income   2.61%
Owner Occupied HU   0.00%

San Rafael, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares San Rafael to the other 527 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New Mexico by rank and percentile using July 1, 2022 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 # 137 74th
Population Density # 357 32nd
Median Household Income # 135 75th
Housing Affordability Index # 473 90th
Per Capita Income # 226 57th
Diversity Index # 130 76th

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