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Placitas, New Mexico - Basic Facts

The Placitas Census Designated Place had a population of 572 as of July 1, 2017. Placitas 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 Placitas is located at latitude 32.6656 and longitude -107.1698 in Doña Ana County. The formal boundaries for the Placitas Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.14 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Doña Ana County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 4,068 feet.

The Placitas Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2584180) 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 Placitas Census Designated Place is located within Hatch Division of Doña Ana County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Placitas 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 Placitas: Colonia, Santa Teresa.

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


Total Population 572
Daytime Population: Workers 5
Daytime Population: Residents 333
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 338
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.59
Population in Households 572
Population in Familes 499
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 4,060
Diversity Index3 69


Median Household Income $29,230
Average Household Income $48,430
Per Capita Income $15,284


Total Housing Units 203 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 114 (56.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 69 (34.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 20 ( 9.9%)
Median Home Value $58,333
Average Home Value $78,913


Total Households 183
Average Household Size 3.13
Family Households 135
Average Family Size 4
  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 -0.1% 0.03%
Households -0.15% 0.0%
Families -0.5% -0.3%
Median Household Income   1.79%
Per Capita Income   3.59%

Placitas, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Placitas 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 # 208 53rd
Population Density # 2 100th
Diversity Index # 170 63rd
Median Household Income # 374 16th
Per Capita Income # 372 16th

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