Ponderosa, NM Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Ponderosa, New Mexico - Basic Facts

The Ponderosa Census Designated Place had a population of 386 as of July 1, 2017. Ponderosa ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and 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 Ponderosa is located at latitude 35.6555 and longitude -106.6545 in Sandoval County. The formal boundaries for the Ponderosa Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 9.13 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Sandoval County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 6,010 feet.

The Ponderosa Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2409087) 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 Ponderosa Census Designated Place is located within Santo Domingo-San Felipe Division of Sandoval County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Ponderosa 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 Ponderosa: La Ponderosa, Lower Vallecitos, Santo Toribio, Santo Toribio de Vallecito, Vallecitos.

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


Total Population 386
Daytime Population: Workers 46
Daytime Population: Residents 195
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 241
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.62
Population in Households 383
Population in Familes 281
Population in Group Qrtrs 3
Population Density2 42
Diversity Index3 73


Median Household Income $56,501
Average Household Income $67,750
Per Capita Income $32,774


Total Housing Units 199 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 143 (71.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 26 (13.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 30 (15.1%)
Median Home Value $209,259
Average Home Value $238,542


Total Households 169
Average Household Size 2.27
Family Households 94
Average Family Size 3
  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 -0.04% 0.26%
Households -0.08% 0.35%
Families -1.51% 0.0%
Median Household Income   2.21%
Per Capita Income   3.01%

Ponderosa, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Ponderosa 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 # 243 45th
Population Density # 368 17th
Diversity Index # 114 75th
Median Household Income # 54 88th
Per Capita Income # 49 89th

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