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Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico - Basic Facts

The City of Ruidoso Downs had a population of 2,435 as of July 1, 2017. Ruidoso Downs ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Ruidoso Downs is located at latitude 33.3312 and longitude -105.5968 in Lincoln County. The formal boundaries for the City of Ruidoso Downs (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.79 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Lincoln County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 6,417 feet.

The City of Ruidoso Downs (GNIS ID: 2411014) 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 Ruidoso Downs is located within Ruidoso Division of Lincoln County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Ruidoso Downs 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 Ruidoso Downs: Green Tree, Palo Verde.

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


Total Population 2,435
Daytime Population: Workers 1,564
Daytime Population: Residents 1,269
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 2,833
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.16
Population in Households 2,435
Population in Familes 1,952
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 643
Diversity Index3 73


Median Household Income $34,739
Average Household Income $45,994
Per Capita Income $18,864


Total Housing Units 1,299 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 607 (46.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 364 (28.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 329 (25.3%)
Median Home Value $138,946
Average Home Value $175,329


Total Households 970
Average Household Size 2.51
Family Households 631
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 -1.98% -1.19%
Households -1.98% -1.18%
Families -2.41% -1.4%
Median Household Income   0.24%
Per Capita Income   2.09%

Ruidoso Downs, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Ruidoso Downs 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 # 76 83rd
Population Density # 83 81st
Diversity Index # 105 76th
Median Household Income # 291 35th
Per Capita Income # 303 32nd

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