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The City of Truth or Consequences had a population of 6,223 as of July 1, 2021.

The primary coordinate point for Truth or Consequences is located at latitude 33.1284 and longitude -107.2528 in Sierra County. The formal boundaries for the City of Truth or Consequences encompass a land area of 27.57 sq. miles and a water area of 0.13 sq. miles. Sierra County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 4,245 feet.

The City of Truth or Consequences has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

New Mexico is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Truth or Consequences is located within Truth or Consequences East Division of Sierra County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Truth or Consequences: Hot Springs, Palomas Springs.

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Truth or Consequences, NM Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 6,223 (100%)
Population in Households 5,995 (96.3%)
Population in Families 3,767 (60.5%)
Population in Group Quarters1 228 ( 3.7%)
Population Density 222
Diversity Index2 62


Median Household Income $25,000
Average Household Income $40,403
% of Income for Mortgage4 15%
Per Capita Income $20,976
Wealth Index5 33


Total HU (Housing Units) 4,100 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,937 (47.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,250 (30.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 913 (22.3%)
Median Home Value $87,704
Average Home Value $139,391
Housing Affordability Index3 176


Total Households 3,187
Average Household Size 1.88
Family Households 1,403
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 -0.35% -0.69%
Households -0.16% -0.49%
Families -0.63% -0.83%
Median Household Income   1.77%
Per Capita Income   2.24%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.44%

Truth or Consequences, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Truth or Consequences 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 # 38 91st
Population Density # 208 53rd
Median Household Income # 413 7th
Housing Affordability Index # 288 65th
Per Capita Income # 270 39th
Diversity Index # 280 37th

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