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The La Mesilla CDP(1) had a population of 2,019 as of July 1, 2021.

The primary coordinate point for La Mesilla is located at latitude 35.9484 and longitude -106.0706 in Rio Arriba County. The formal boundaries for the La Mesilla Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 4.47 sq. miles and a water area of 0.04 sq. miles. Rio Arriba County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 5,630 feet.

The La Mesilla 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 La Mesilla Census Designated Place is located within Santa Clara Pueblo 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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La Mesilla, NM Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 2,019 (100%)
Population in Households 2,019 (100.0%)
Population in Families 1,666 (82.5%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 453
Diversity Index2 72


Median Household Income $57,256
Average Household Income $85,149
% of Income for Mortgage4 20%
Per Capita Income $36,783
Wealth Index5 97


Total HU (Housing Units) 954 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 716 (75.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 155 (16.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 83 ( 8.7%)
Median Home Value $269,318
Average Home Value $303,103
Housing Affordability Index3 128


Total Households 871
Average Household Size 2.32
Family Households 584
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 1.17% 0.39%
Households 1.4% 0.59%
Families 1.12% 0.41%
Median Household Income   -2.59%
Per Capita Income   2.88%
Owner Occupied HU   0.63%

La Mesilla, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares La Mesilla 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 # 85 81st
Population Density # 123 72nd
Median Household Income # 86 81st
Housing Affordability Index # 189 43rd
Per Capita Income # 57 87th
Diversity Index # 124 72nd

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