White Sands, NM Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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White Sands, New Mexico - Basic Facts

The White Sands Census Designated Place had a population of 1,670 as of July 1, 2017. White Sands 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 White Sands is located at latitude 32.3836 and longitude -106.4928 in Doña Ana County. The formal boundaries for the White Sands Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.09 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Doña Ana County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 4,239 feet.

The White Sands Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2409585) has a M2 Census Class Code which indicates a military or other defense installation entirely within a census designated place. 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 White Sands Census Designated Place is located within White Sands Division of Doña Ana County.

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

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


Total Population 1,670
Daytime Population: Workers 1,576
Daytime Population: Residents 704
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 2,280
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.37
Population in Households 1,416
Population in Familes 1,314
Population in Group Qrtrs 254
Population Density2 540
Diversity Index3 68


Median Household Income $49,690
Average Household Income $58,356
Per Capita Income $19,653


Total Housing Units 574 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 19 ( 3.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 442 (77.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 113 (19.7%)
Median Home Value $177,941
Average Home Value $203,947


Total Households 461
Average Household Size 3.07
Family Households 377
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 0.16% 0.21%
Households 0.18% 0.26%
Families -0.07% 0.11%
Median Household Income   1.7%
Per Capita Income   2.25%

White Sands, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares White Sands 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 # 99 78th
Population Density # 94 79th
Diversity Index # 201 55th
Median Household Income # 103 77th
Per Capita Income # 275 38th

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