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Raton, New Mexico - Basic Facts

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The City of Raton had a population of 6,345 as of July 1, 2017. Raton 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 Raton is located at latitude 36.885 and longitude -104.4396 in Colfax County. The formal boundaries for the City of Raton (see map below) encompass a land area of 7.96 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Colfax County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 6,680 feet.

The City of Raton (GNIS ID: 2411522) 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 Raton is located within Raton Division of Colfax County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Raton population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Raton: Willow Springs.

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Raton, NM Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 6,345
Daytime Population: Workers 2,906
Daytime Population: Residents 3,420
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 6,326
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.00
Population in Households 6,235
Population in Familes 4,769
Population in Group Qrtrs 110
Population Density2 797
Diversity Index3 66


Median Household Income $33,722
Average Household Income $48,147
Per Capita Income $21,008


Total Housing Units 3,516 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,801 (51.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 911 (25.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 804 (22.9%)
Median Home Value $105,565
Average Home Value $145,072


Total Households 2,712
Average Household Size 2.3
Family Households 1,620
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -1.12% -1.52%
Households -1.21% -1.59%
Families -1.45% -1.79%
Median Household Income   0.56%
Per Capita Income   2.2%

Raton, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Raton to the other 443 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New Mexico by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 37 92nd
Population Density # 64 86th
Diversity Index # 220 51st
Median Household Income # 303 32nd
Per Capita Income # 229 49th

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