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The El Rito CDP(1) had a population of 764 as of July 1, 2021. El Rito 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 El Rito is located at latitude 36.3434 and longitude -106.1886 in Rio Arriba County. The formal boundaries for the El Rito Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 4.11 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Rio Arriba County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 6,877 feet.

The El Rito Census Designated Place 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 El Rito Census Designated Place is located within Rio Chama Division of Rio Arriba County.


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

POPULATION

Total Population 764 (100%)
Population in Households 762 (99.7%)
Population in Families 565 (74.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 2 ( 0.3%)
Population Density 186
Diversity Index2 78
 
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $34,396
Average Household Income $55,107
% of Income for Mortgage4 20%
Per Capita Income $25,210
Wealth Index5 45
 

HOUSING

Total HU (Housing Units) 402 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 265 (65.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 64 (15.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 73 (18.2%)
Median Home Value $161,058
Average Home Value $207,605
Housing Affordability Index3 137
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 329
Average Household Size 2.32
Family Households 185
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  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.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2021 2021-2026
Population -0.5% -0.34%
Households -0.27% -0.12%
Families -1.76% -0.33%
Median Household Income   -0.3%
Per Capita Income   1.62%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.08%

El Rito, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares El Rito 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 # 183 59th
Population Density # 229 49th
Median Household Income # 323 28th
Housing Affordability Index # 213 48th
Per Capita Income # 172 61st
Diversity Index # 58 87th

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