Ruidoso Downs, NM Profile: Facts & Data


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Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico - Basic Facts

The City of Ruidoso Downs had a population of 2,801 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Ruidoso Downs: Green Tree, Palo Verde.

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Ruidoso Downs, NM Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 2,801
Population in Households 2,801
Population in Familes 2,243
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 740
Diversity Index3 73


Median Household Income $33,091
Average Household Income $46,538
Per Capita Income $18,930


Total Housing Units 1,537 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 715 (46.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 398 (25.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 424 (27.6%)
Median Home Value $144,926
Average Home Value $178,940


Total Households 1,113
Average Household Size 2.52
Family Households 728
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population -0.06% -0.28%
Households -0.09% -0.27%
Families -0.41% -0.44%
Median Household Income   2.46%
Per Capita Income   2.5%

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, 2018 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 # 69 85th
Population Density # 70 84th
Diversity Index # 107 76th
Median Household Income # 315 29th
Per Capita Income # 299 33rd

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