El Cerro, NM Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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El Cerro, New Mexico - Basic Facts

The El Cerro Census Designated Place had a population of 3,008 as of July 1, 2017. El Cerro ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density 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 Cerro is located at latitude 34.7821 and longitude -106.6946 in Valencia County. The formal boundaries for the El Cerro Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.24 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Valencia County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 4,842 feet.

The El Cerro Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2584092) 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 Cerro Census Designated Place is located within Los Lunas Division of Valencia County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with El Cerro population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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


Total Population 3,008
Daytime Population: Workers 327
Daytime Population: Residents 1,825
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 2,152
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.72
Population in Households 3,001
Population in Familes 2,564
Population in Group Qrtrs 7
Population Density2 710
Diversity Index3 70


Median Household Income $48,275
Average Household Income $73,215
Per Capita Income $27,255


Total Housing Units 1,171 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 940 (80.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 172 (14.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 59 ( 5.0%)
Median Home Value $242,202
Average Home Value $255,585


Total Households 1,112
Average Household Size 2.7
Family Households 817
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 0.25% -0.19%
Households 0.11% -0.29%
Families -0.07% -0.44%
Median Household Income   3.48%
Per Capita Income   2.97%

El Cerro, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares El Cerro 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 # 65 86th
Population Density # 72 84th
Diversity Index # 153 66th
Median Household Income # 112 75th
Per Capita Income # 93 79th

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