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The Mescalero Census Designated Place had a population of 1,200 as of July 1, 2017. Mescalero ranks in the lower 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 Mescalero is located at latitude 33.1346 and longitude -105.7999 in Otero County. The formal boundaries for the Mescalero Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 17.89 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Otero County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 6,614 feet.

The Mescalero Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2408821) 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 Mescalero Census Designated Place is located within Mescalero Division of Otero County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Mescalero 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 Mescalero: South Fork, White Sulfur Springs, White Sulphur Springs.

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


Total Population 1,200
Daytime Population: Workers 1,727
Daytime Population: Residents 806
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 2,533
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 2.11
Population in Households 1,196
Population in Familes 1,030
Population in Group Qrtrs 4
Population Density2 67
Diversity Index3 29


Median Household Income $25,069
Average Household Income $35,501
Per Capita Income $10,323


Total Housing Units 435 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 261 (60.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 101 (23.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 73 (16.8%)
Median Home Value $104,615
Average Home Value $138,836


Total Households 362
Average Household Size 3.3
Family Households 265
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 -1.49% -1.21%
Households -1.5% -1.25%
Families -0.9% -1.4%
Median Household Income   -1.31%
Per Capita Income   1.4%

Mescalero, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Mescalero 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 # 130 71st
Population Density # 334 25th
Diversity Index # 398 10th
Median Household Income # 422 5th
Per Capita Income # 429 3rd

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