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The Chimayo CDP(1) had a population of 3,048 as of July 1, 2021. Chimayo ranks in the upper quartile for 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 Chimayo is located at latitude 36.0039 and longitude -105.947 in Rio Arriba County. The formal boundaries for the Chimayo Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 8.59 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Rio Arriba County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 6,066 feet.

While the primary coordinates for Chimayo Census Designated Place are located in Rio Arriba County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Santa Fe County.

The Chimayo Census Designated Place has a U5 Census Class Code which indicates populated place that is also a census designated place with the same 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 Chimayo Census Designated Place is located within Chimayo Division of Rio Arriba County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Chimayo: Chimaco, Chinayo, San Buenaventura de Chimayo, Tsimajobu'u, Tsimayo.

  1. A Census Designated Place (CDP) is a statistical counterpart to a self-governing (incorporated) place such as a city, town, or village. A CDP is not a legal entity and has no governmental functions.

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Chimayo, NM Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 3,048 (100%)
Population in Households 3,048 (100.0%)
Population in Families 2,404 (78.9%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 355
Diversity Index2 75


Median Household Income $54,615
Average Household Income $69,091
% of Income for Mortgage4 14%
Per Capita Income $29,090
Wealth Index5 69


Total HU (Housing Units) 1,589 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,094 (68.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 214 (13.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 281 (17.7%)
Median Home Value $184,828
Average Home Value $195,174
Housing Affordability Index3 190


Total Households 1,308
Average Household Size 2.33
Family Households 832
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.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population -0.37% -0.36%
Households -0.17% -0.14%
Families -0.31% -0.34%
Median Household Income   1.45%
Per Capita Income   2.64%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.09%

Chimayo, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Chimayo to the other 443 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New Mexico by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 61 86th
Population Density # 156 65th
Median Household Income # 106 76th
Housing Affordability Index # 311 70th
Per Capita Income # 113 75th
Diversity Index # 99 78th

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