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La Luz, New Mexico - Basic Facts

The La Luz Census Designated Place had a population of 1,884 as of July 1, 2020.

The primary coordinate point for La Luz is located at latitude 32.9779 and longitude -105.9419 in Otero County. The formal boundaries for the La Luz Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 10.68 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles. Otero County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 4,751 feet.

The La Luz Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2408506) 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 La Luz Census Designated Place is located within Alamogordo Division of Otero County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for La Luz: Nuestra Senora de la Luz *.


La Luz, NM Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 1,884 (100%)
Population in Households 1,884 (100.0%)
Population in Families 1,531 (81.3%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 176
Diversity Index2 62


Median Household Income $47,665
Average Household Income $58,876
% of Income for Mortgage4 9%
Per Capita Income $24,765
Wealth Index5 56


Total HU (Housing Units) 914 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 605 (66.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 196 (21.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 113 (12.4%)
Median Home Value $99,356
Average Home Value $136,573
Housing Affordability Index3 294


Total Households 801
Average Household Size 2.35
Family Households 538
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 1.03% 0.73%
Households 1.21% 0.88%
Families 0.96% 0.66%
Median Household Income   1.29%
Per Capita Income   1.83%
Owner Occupied HU   0.97%


La Luz, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares La Luz to the other 443 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New Mexico by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 90 80th
Population Density # 236 47th
Median Household Income # 136 70th
Housing Affordability Index # 413 93rd
Per Capita Income # 167 63rd
Diversity Index # 281 37th

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