Ruidoso, New Mexico

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Population in 2013: 7,965 (81% urban, 19% rural). Population change since 2000: +3.5%
 
Males: 3,859  (48.5%)
Females: 4,106  (51.5%)
Median resident age:  48.6 years
New Mexico median age:  36.9 years

Zip codes: 88312, 88338, 88345, 88346, 88355.

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Estimated median household income in 2013: $46,266 (it was $37,107 in 2000)
Ruidoso:

$46,266
NM:

$43,872

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $25,815 (it was $22,721 in 2000)

Ruidoso village income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $162,981 (it was $98,200 in 2000)
Ruidoso:

$162,981
NM:

$159,200

Median gross rent in 2013: $868.

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  • Races in Ruidoso, NM (2010)

    Ruidoso races chart
    • 5,47868.2%White alone
    • 2,17627.1%Hispanic
    • 2072.6%American Indian alone
    • 871.1%Two or more races
    • 410.5%Asian alone
    • 260.3%Black alone
    • 110.1%Other race alone
    • 30.04%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone

Races in Ruidoso detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Ruidoso: 88.9 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: Irish (18.3%), English (11.1%), German (10.4%), French (4.2%), United States (3.0%), Scotch-Irish (2.8%).

Current Local Time: MST time zone

Elevation: 6720 feet

Land area: 14.3 square miles.

Population density: 557 people per square mile   (low).

Ruidoso,NM real estate house value index trend

Ruidoso, New Mexico map

For population 25 years and over in Ruidoso:

  • High school or higher: 85.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 28.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.8%
  • Unemployed: 4.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 17.6 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Ruidoso village:

  • Never married: 17.2%
  • Now married: 51.3%
  • Separated: 2.6%
  • Widowed: 6.4%
  • Divorced: 22.6%

537 residents are foreign born (5.4% Latin America, 0.7% Europe).

This village:

7.0%
New Mexico:

8.2%



According to our research of New Mexico and other state lists there were 14 registered sex offenders living in Ruidoso, New Mexico as of August 29, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Ruidoso to the number of sex offenders is 572 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $941 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $926 (0.7%)

Ruidoso satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Las Cruces, NM (95.3 miles , pop. 74,267).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: El Paso, TX (116.0 miles , pop. 563,662).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Phoenix, AZ (370.2 miles , pop. 1,321,045).

Nearest cities: Ruidoso Downs, NM (2.0 miles ), Mescalero, NM (3.8 miles ), Capitan, NM (3.8 miles ), Nogal, NM (3.9 miles) , Bent, NM (4.1 miles) , Carrizozo, NM (4.9 miles ), Cloudcroft, NM (5.2 miles ), Tularosa, NM (5.2 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 136 buildings, average cost: $133,900
  • 1998: 191 buildings, average cost: $147,500
  • 1999: 149 buildings, average cost: $168,700
  • 2000: 168 buildings, average cost: $160,100
  • 2001: 145 buildings, average cost: $177,500
  • 2002: 180 buildings, average cost: $173,400
  • 2003: 182 buildings, average cost: $171,200
  • 2004: 222 buildings, average cost: $171,700
  • 2005: 256 buildings, average cost: $171,600
  • 2006: 195 buildings, average cost: $175,800
  • 2007: 163 buildings, average cost: $174,700
  • 2008: 90 buildings, average cost: $175,000
  • 2009: 57 buildings, average cost: $174,900
  • 2010: 53 buildings, average cost: $174,900
  • 2011: 45 buildings, average cost: $174,900
  • 2012: 49 buildings, average cost: $174,900

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 33.34 N, Longitude: 105.67 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +1,299 (+16.2%)
Workers who live and work in this village: 2,010 (61.0%)

Area code: 505

Ruidoso household income distribution Ruidoso home values distribution

Crime rates in Ruidoso by Year
Type 2002 2004 2006 2008 2009 2010 2011
Murders 0001010
per 100,000 0.00.00.011.10.010.50.0
Rapes 2463843
per 100,000 25.547.667.233.286.642.137.0
Robberies 0257123
per 100,000 0.023.856.077.510.821.037.0
Assaults 133100301872313
per 100,000 1,694.31,190.9335.9199.375.8242.0160.1
Burglaries 11015814514110792151
per 100,000 1,401.31,881.61,623.41,561.31,158.9968.01,859.8
Thefts 135142162135170142200
per 100,000 1,719.71,691.11,813.71,494.91,841.21,494.12,463.4
Auto thefts 17202311969
per 100,000 216.6238.2257.5121.897.563.1110.9
Arson N/A202010
per 100,000 N/A23.80.022.10.010.50.0
City-data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 294.1) 507.0468.2321.4271.2233.5225.8289.5

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City-data.com crime index counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in Ruidoso detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 38 (24 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.99
New Mexico average:

2.22

Ruidoso tourist attractions:

Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

5.5%
New Mexico:

7.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: +3,062 (+66.0%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (19%)
  • Accommodation and food services (14%)
  • Construction (11%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Retail trade (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Health care and social assistance (7%)
  • Retail trade (20%)
  • Health care and social assistance (18%)
  • Accommodation and food services (17%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (11%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (4%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Personal care and service occupations (17%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (12%)
  • Management occupations (12%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (10%)
  • Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations (8%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (7%)
  • Transportation occupations (6%)
  • Sales and related occupations (18%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (13%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (12%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (12%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (7%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (5%)

Work and jobs in Ruidoso: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Ruidoso, New Mexico

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Ruidoso-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below New Mexico state average. It is 90% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/14/1995 at 00:32:56, a magnitude 5.7 (5.6 MB, 5.7 MS, 5.7 MW, Depth: 11.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 251.2 miles away from the city center
On 1/29/1990 at 13:16:10, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 LG, Depth: 7.5 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 104.2 miles away from Ruidoso center
On 1/2/1992 at 11:45:35, a magnitude 5.0 (4.6 MB, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 164.5 miles away from the city center
On 6/28/1992 at 11:57:34, a magnitude 7.6 (6.2 MB, 7.6 MS, 7.3 MW, Depth: 0.7 mi, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 627.2 miles away from the city center, causing 3 deaths (1 shaking deaths, 2 other deaths) and 400 injuries, causing $100,000,000 total damage and $40,000,000 insured losses
On 5/19/1940 at 04:36:40, a magnitude 7.2 (7.2 UK) earthquake occurred 579.8 miles away from Ruidoso center, causing $33,000,000 total damage
On 11/8/1990 at 10:46:53, a magnitude 4.4 (4.4 MB, 4.3 MD, Depth: 3.8 mi) earthquake occurred 102.6 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Lincoln County (16) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Fires: 6, Storms: 6, Winter Storms: 2, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Ruidoso topographic map

Birthplace of: Cody Willard - Writer.

Hospitals and medical centers in Ruidoso:

  • FRONTIER MEDICAL HOME HEALTH HOSPICE (613 SUDDERTH DRIVE)
  • LINCOLN COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER (Voluntary non-profit - Private, provides emergency services, 211 SUDDERTH DRIVE)
  • HOME HEALTH OF LINCOLN COUNTY (147 MESCALERO TRAIL)
  • HOME HEALTH UNLIMITED (506 WINGFIELD STREET)
  • RUIDOSO HOME CARE LLC (590 GAVILAN CANYON ROAD)
  • RUIDOSO CARE CENTER (200 RESORT DRIVE)

Airports and heliports located in Ruidoso:

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College/University in Ruidoso:

  • Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso Campus (Full-time enrollment: 511; Location: 709 Mechem Dr; Public; Website: www.ruidoso.enmu.edu/)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Ruidoso:

  • Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus (about 67 miles; Roswell, NM; Full-time enrollment: 2,212)
  • New Mexico State University-Main Campus (about 97 miles; Las Cruces, NM; FT enrollment: 14,497)
  • New Mexico State University-Dona Ana (about 97 miles; Las Cruces, NM; FT enrollment: 5,640)
  • El Paso Community College (about 116 miles; El Paso, TX; FT enrollment: 19,576)
  • Vista College (about 116 miles; El Paso, TX; FT enrollment: 3,453)
  • The University of Texas at El Paso (about 120 miles; El Paso, TX; FT enrollment: 18,008)
  • Central New Mexico Community College (about 132 miles; Albuquerque, NM; FT enrollment: 19,398)

Public high school in Ruidoso:

Public elementary/middle schools in Ruidoso:

See full list of schools located in Ruidoso, School District: RUIDOSO MUNICIPAL SCHOOLS

Library in Ruidoso:

  • RUIDOSO PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $497,181; Location: 107 KANSAS CITY ROAD; 40,000 books; 3,100 audio materials; 300 video materials; 37 state licensed databases; 73 print serial subscriptions)

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Notable locations in Ruidoso: Wizards Roost (A), Ruidoso Weather Station (B), Ruidoso Fire Department Station 3 (C), Ruidoso Fire Department Station 2 (D), Lincoln County Emergency Medical Services Headquarters (E), Ruidoso Fire Department Station 1 Headquarters (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Ruidoso include: First Baptist Church (A), Mescalero Baptist Mission (B), First Christian Church (C), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (D), Sheperd of the Hills Lutheran Church (E), First Assembly of God Church (F), Church of Christ (G), Pentecostal Lighthouse of Ruidoso (H), Gateway Church of Christ (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Forest Lawn Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Reservoir: Ruidoso Reservoir (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Creeks: Cedar Creek (A), Carrizo Creek (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Ruidoso include: Ruidoso Historical Marker (1), Blazer Mill Historical Marker (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: Pillow's Funtrackers (Amusement & Theme Parks; 101 Canyon Road) (1), Hawthorn Suites Conference & Golf Resort (107 Sierra Blanca Drive) (2), Ruidoso Seasoned Just Right (720 Sudderth Drive) (3), Da Love Shack (Arcades & Amusements; 106 Mimosa) (4). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Hotels: Winners Inn Motel (1508 Sudderth Drive) (1), Hummingbird Cabins (1204 Mechem Drive Suite 3) (2), Twenty-Nine Pines Motel (1811 Sudderth Drive) (3), Promise Land Cabins & Condos (143 Upper Terrace Drive) (4), Canyon Creek Lodge (900 Carrizo Canyon Rd) (5), Super 8 Motel-Ruidoso (Jct Hwy 48 & Hwy 70) (6), Ruidoso Super 8 Motel (PO Box AT Nm 48) (7), Aspen Lodge Apartments & Motel (201 Upper Terrace Drive) (8), Super 8 Ruidoso NM (100 Cliff Drive On Highway 70 West) (9). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Lincoln County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
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Drinking water stations with addresses in Ruidoso and their reported violations in the past:

RUIDOSO WATER SYSTEM (Address: 313 CREE MEADOWS ROAD , Population served: 10,800, Surface water):
Past health violations:
  • Treatment Technique (SWTR and GWR) - In DEC-2012. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-15-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-15-2013), St Compliance achieved (MAY-20-2013)
  • Treatment Technique (SWTR and GWR) - In OCT-2012. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-16-2012), St Violation/Reminder Notice (NOV-16-2012), St Compliance achieved (MAY-20-2013), St Public Notif received (MAY-22-2013)
  • Treatment Technique (SWTR and GWR) - In SEP-2012. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-30-2012), St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-30-2012), St Compliance achieved (MAY-20-2013), St Public Notif received (MAY-22-2013)
  • Treatment Technique (SWTR and GWR) - In AUG-2012. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (SEP-24-2012), St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-24-2012), St Compliance achieved (MAY-20-2013), St Public Notif received (NOV-24-2013)
  • Treatment Technique (SWTR and GWR) - In JUL-2012. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-17-2012), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-17-2012), St Public Notif received (OCT-04-2012), St Compliance achieved (MAY-20-2013)
  • Treatment Technique (SWTR and GWR) - In JUN-2012. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-17-2012), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-17-2012), St Public Notif received (OCT-04-2012), St Compliance achieved (MAY-20-2013)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In MAR-2008, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (MAR-14-2008), St Public Notif requested (MAR-14-2008), St Compliance Meeting conducted (3 times from MAR-18-2008 to MAR-20-2008), St Public Notif received (APR-04-2008), St Compliance achieved (SEP-17-2008)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Single Turbidity Exceed (Enhanced SWTR) - In SEP-2012, Contaminant: IESWTR. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-30-2012), St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-30-2012), St Compliance achieved (MAY-20-2013), St Public Notif received (MAY-22-2013)
  • Monthly Turbidity Exceed (Enhanced SWTR) - In SEP-2012, Contaminant: IESWTR. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-30-2012), St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-30-2012), St Compliance achieved (MAY-20-2013), St Public Notif received (MAY-22-2013)
  • Single Turbidity Exceed (Enhanced SWTR) - In AUG-2012, Contaminant: IESWTR. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (SEP-24-2012), St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-24-2012), St Compliance achieved (MAY-20-2013), St Public Notif received (NOV-24-2013)
  • Monthly Turbidity Exceed (Enhanced SWTR) - In AUG-2012, Contaminant: IESWTR. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (SEP-24-2012), St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-24-2012), St Compliance achieved (MAY-20-2013), St Public Notif received (NOV-24-2013)
  • Monthly Turbidity Exceed (Enhanced SWTR) - In JUL-2012, Contaminant: IESWTR. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-17-2012), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-17-2012), St Public Notif received (OCT-04-2012), St Compliance achieved (MAY-20-2013)
  • One minor monitoring violation
  • 128 regular monitoring violations
  • 36 other older monitoring violations
CEDAR CREEK CABIN OWNERS ASSOCIATION (Population served: 260, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-2010, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-31-2010), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-31-2010), St Public Notif received (SEP-20-2010), St Compliance achieved (3 times from NOV-14-2011 to MAY-02-2012)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Source Water (GWR) - In AUG-18-2013, Contaminant: E. COLI. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-21-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-21-2013), St Compliance achieved (OCT-21-2013), St Public Notif received (OCT-31-2013)
  • Monitoring, Repeat Major (TCR) - In AUG-2013, Contaminant: Coliform (TCR). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-21-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-21-2013), St Compliance achieved (OCT-21-2013), St Public Notif received (OCT-31-2013)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2010, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-27-2012), St Public Notif requested (JAN-27-2012)
  • Monitoring, Source Water (GWR) - In AUG-27-2010, Contaminant: E. COLI. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (SEP-01-2010), St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-01-2010), St Public Notif received (SEP-20-2010), St Compliance achieved (3 times from NOV-17-2011 to MAY-02-2012)
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - In JAN-01-2007, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (NOV-16-2011)
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • 2 other older monitoring violations
FAWN RIDGE PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION (Population served: 150, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2007, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (SEP-26-2008)
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - In JAN-01-1997, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: Fed FAO issued (JAN-29-1998)
ALPINE VILLAGE W AND SD (Population served: 120, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-2005, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-18-2005), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-18-2005), St Public Notif received (SEP-19-2005), St Compliance achieved (MAY-14-2010)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In JAN-01-1996, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule
  • One minor monitoring violation
SAFE HAVEN RV PARK (Population served: 95, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JUL-2012, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUL-20-2012), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUL-20-2012), St Compliance achieved (AUG-09-2012), St Public Notif received (AUG-10-2012)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-2010, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-31-2010), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-31-2010), St Public Notif received (SEP-20-2010), St Compliance achieved (FEB-03-2011)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In OCT-2005, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-26-2005), St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-26-2005), St Public Notif received (NOV-04-2005), St Compliance achieved (FEB-03-2011)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Source Water (GWR) - In AUG-18-2013, Contaminant: E. COLI. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (AUG-19-2013), St Public Notif requested (AUG-21-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-21-2013), St Public Notif received (AUG-30-2013)
  • Monitoring, Repeat Major (TCR) - In AUG-2013, Contaminant: Coliform (TCR). Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (AUG-19-2013), St Public Notif requested (AUG-21-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-21-2013), St Public Notif received (AUG-30-2013)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2011, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-27-2012), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-27-2012), St Compliance achieved (SEP-20-2012)
  • Monitoring, Source Water (GWR) - In AUG-27-2010, Contaminant: E. COLI. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-30-2010), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-30-2010), St Public Notif received (SEP-18-2010), St Compliance achieved (NOV-22-2010)
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - In JUL-01-2007, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUN-09-2011), St Compliance achieved (2 times from AUG-26-2011 to APR-24-2012)
  • One minor monitoring violation
  • 2 other older monitoring violations

Drinking water stations with addresses in Ruidoso that have no violations reported:

  • TWIN SPRUCE CAMPGROUND (Address: 621 HWY 70 WEST , Population served: 200, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • THREE RIVERS CAMPGROUND LINCOLN USFS (Address: 901 MECHEM DRIVE , Population served: 175, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 12.0%
(9.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 22.0% for Black residents, 21.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.5% for American Indian residents, 14.3% for other race residents, 12.6% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This village:  2.1 people
New Mexico:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This village:  58.4%
Whole state:  65.5%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This village:  7.7%
Whole state:  8.2%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households
78 people in nursing homes in 2000
3 people in homes for the mentally ill in 2000

Ruidoso, New Mexico environmental map by EPA

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Ruidoso compared to New Mexico state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.

Banks with branches in Ruidoso (2011 data):

  • City Bank New Mexico: at 1096 Mechem Drive, Gateway Branch, Midtown Branch. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $108.8 mil, Deposits: $97.3 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 4 total offices, Holding Company: South Plains Financial, Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • First National Bank: Upper Canyon Branch at 100 Main Road, branch established on 1989/11/28; Ruidoso Branch at 451 Sudderth Drive, branch established on 1985/12/16. Info updated 2011/07/14: Bank assets: $309.1 mil, Deposits: $270.3 mil, headquarters in Alamogordo, NM, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 8 total offices, Holding Company: First Alamogordo Bancorp Of Nevada, Inc.
  • Compass Bank: Mechem Branch at 707 Mechem Drive, branch established on 1983/05/16; Sudderth Branch at 1710 Sudderth Drive, branch established on 1953/12/01. Info updated 2011/02/24: Bank assets: $63,107.0 mil, Deposits: $46,232.4 mil, headquarters in Birmingham, AL, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 720 total offices, Holding Company: Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.
  • First Savings Bank: Ruidoso Branch at 2713 Sudderth, branch established on 1990/03/01. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $436.6 mil, Deposits: $352.8 mil, headquarters in Beresford, SD, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 22 total offices
  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Ruidoso Branch at 401 Sudderth Drive, branch established on 1970/03/09. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • Washington Federal: Sudderth Drive Branch at 398 Sudderth Drive, branch established on 1920/01/01. Info updated 2011/12/19: Bank assets: $13,653.0 mil, Deposits: $8,905.8 mil, headquarters in Seattle, WA, positive income, Mortgage Lending Specialization, 174 total offices
  • Southwest Securities , FSB: Ruidoso Branch at 1860 Sudderth Dr, branch established on 2008/07/01. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $1,327.9 mil, Deposits: $1,069.9 mil, headquarters in Dallas, TX, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 15 total offices
  • Pioneer Bank: Mechum Branch at 1095 Mechem, branch established on 1901/01/01. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $594.7 mil, Deposits: $436.4 mil, headquarters in Roswell, NM, positive income, 13 total offices

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Ruidoso, New Mexico:

  • Carrizo Lodge, PO Drawer A, Ruidoso, NM 88345 , Phone: (505) 257-9131
  • Swiss Chalet Inn, 1451 Mechem Dr, Ruidoso, NM 88345 , Phone: (800) 477-9477, Fax: (505) 258-5325
  • Super 8 Motel, PO Box 2600, Ruidoso, NM 88345 , Phone: (505) 378-8180
  • Quality Inn & Suites, 307 Hwy 70 W, Ruidoso, NM 88345 , Phone: (575) 378-4051, Fax: (575) 378-5427
  • Village Lodge, 100 Mechem Dr, Ruidoso, NM 88345 , Phone: (505) 258-5442
  • Comfort Inn Midtown, 2709 Sudderth Dr, Ruidoso, NM 88345 , Phone: (866) 859-5146, Fax: (575) 257-2760
  • Black Bear Lodge, 428 Main Rd, Ruidoso, NM 88345 , Phone: (877) 257-1459, Fax: (877) 257-1459
  • Holiday Inn Express, 400 W Hwy 70, Ruidoso, NM 88345 , Phone: (505) 257-3736
  • 3 other hotels and motels
All 11 fire-safe hotels and motels in Ruidoso, New Mexico

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.6
New Mexico average:

13.6

Ruidoso travel time to work - commute Ruidoso mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (73%)
  • Electricity (16%)
  • Wood (7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (4%)

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Ruidoso village (based on Lincoln County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant3,61125
Catholic2,7459
Mainline Protestant1,19410
Other4572
None12,490-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
Lincoln County:

1.93 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

1.44 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.48 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.21 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 13
Lincoln County:

6.28 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.06 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 36
Here:

17.39 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

6.2%
New Mexico:

6.4%
Adult obesity rate:
Lincoln County:

17.4%
New Mexico:

22.1%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

13.8%
State:

11.5%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 7$24,663$42,2790$0
Other Government Administration 14$41,033$35,1710$0
Judicial and Legal 3$8,496$33,9840$0
Police Protection - Officers 21$114,487$65,4210$0
Police - Other 13$38,779$35,7960$0
Firefighters 20$78,986$47,3920$0
Fire - Other 1$2,910$34,9200$0
Streets and Highways 14$48,201$41,3150$0
Airports 6$18,841$37,6820$0
Health 2$5,677$34,0620$0
Solid Waste Management 19$54,332$34,3150$0
Sewerage 8$35,289$52,9340$0
Parks and Recreation 12$34,390$34,3901$1,351
Natural Resources 4$14,426$43,2780$0
Water Supply 30$110,865$44,3460$0
Local Libraries 6$16,811$33,6220$0
Other and Unallocable 14$43,521$37,3040$0
Totals for Government 194$691,707$42,7861$1,351

Ruidoso government finances - Expenditure in 2006 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $3,869,000 ($485.75)
    Police Protection: $2,571,000 ($322.79)
    General - Other: $2,557,000 ($321.03)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,631,000 ($204.77)
    Regular Highways: $1,616,000 ($202.89)
    Air Transportation: $1,537,000 ($192.97)
    Sewerage: $1,495,000 ($187.70)
    Local Fire Protection: $1,447,000 ($181.67)
    Parks and Recreation: $782,000 ($98.18)
    Libraries: $483,000 ($60.64)
    Financial Administration: $462,000 ($58.00)
    Central Staff Services: $460,000 ($57.75)
    Health - Other: $257,000 ($32.27)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $132,000 ($16.57)
    Corrections - Other: $22,000 ($2.76)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $289,000 ($36.28)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $6,932,000 ($870.31)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $58,000 ($7.28)

Ruidoso government finances - Revenue in 2006 (per resident):

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $1,933,000 ($242.69)
    Sewerage: $1,901,000 ($238.67)
    Air Transportation: $838,000 ($105.21)
    Parks and Recreation: $164,000 ($20.59)
    All Other: $33,000 ($4.14)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $596,000 ($74.83)
    General Local Government Support: $222,000 ($27.87)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $536,000 ($67.29)
    Interest Earnings: $300,000 ($37.66)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $3,268,000 ($410.30)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $3,073,000 ($385.81)
    All Other: $1,585,000 ($199.00)
    Highways: $204,000 ($25.61)
    Health and Hospitals: $20,000 ($2.51)
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $1,751,000 ($219.84)
    Property: $1,444,000 ($181.29)
    Other Selective Sales: $986,000 ($123.79)
    Other License: $478,000 ($60.01)
    Public Utilities Sales: $442,000 ($55.49)
    Motor Vehicle License: $67,000 ($8.41)
    NEC: $55,000 ($6.91)
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $10,000 ($1.26)

Ruidoso government finances - Debt in 2006 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,340,000 ($544.88)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,532,000 ($317.89)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,808,000 ($226.99)

Ruidoso government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $12,060,000 ($1514.12)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,681,000 ($211.05)

7.31% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($40,055 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.31%
New Mexico average:

6.50%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Otero County, NM  0.73% ($37,679 average AGI)
from El Paso County, TX  0.48% ($50,629)
from Dona Ana County, NM  0.45% ($30,727)


7.57% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($32,232 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.57%
New Mexico average:

6.43%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Dona Ana County, NM  0.65% ($28,426 average AGI)
to Otero County, NM  0.56% ($31,049)
to Chaves County, NM  0.47% ($27,765)

Strongest AM radio stations in Ruidoso:

  • KBUY (1360 AM; 5 kW; RUIDOSO, NM; Owner: WALTON STATIONS-NEW MEXICO, INC.)
  • KRUI (1490 AM; 1 kW; RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM; Owner: M.T.D., INC.)
  • KINF (1020 AM; 50 kW; ROSWELL, NM; Owner: JAMES CRYSTAL HOLDINGS OF NEW MEXICO, INC.)
  • KKOB (770 AM; 50 kW; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KELP (1590 AM; 50 kW; EL PASO, TX; Owner: MCCLATCHEY BROADCASTING)
  • KICA (980 AM; 50 kW; CLOVIS, NM; Owner: BROADCAST ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION)
  • KMUL (1380 AM; 50 kW; MULESHOE, TX; Owner: BROADCAST ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION)
  • KTSM (690 AM; 10 kW; EL PASO, TX; Owner: CCB TEXAS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KBIM (910 AM; 5 kW; ROSWELL, NM; Owner: KING BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KTNN (660 AM; 50 kW; WINDOW ROCK, AZ; Owner: THE NAVAJO NATION)
  • KAMA (750 AM; 10 kW; EL PASO, TX; Owner: TICHENOR LICENSE CORPORATION ("TLC"))
  • KCRX (1430 AM; 5 kW; ROSWELL, NM; Owner: ROSENDO CASAREZ, JR.)
  • KSNM (570 AM; 5 kW; LAS CRUCES, NM; Owner: SUNRISE BROADCASTING INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Ruidoso:

  • K249DD (97.7 FM; RUIDOSO, NM; Owner: ROSWELL CHRISTIAN RADIO, INC.)
  • KNMB (96.7 FM; CLOUDCROFT, NM; Owner: MTD, INC.)
  • KIDX (101.5 FM; RUIDOSO, NM; Owner: MTD, INC.)
  • K240CN (95.9 FM; RUIDOSO, NM; Owner: FRIENDS OF KHFM-RUIDOSO)
  • K297AE (107.3 FM; RUIDOSO, NM; Owner: FAMILY LIFE BROADCASTING SYSTEM)
  • KWES (93.5 FM; RUIDOSO, NM; Owner: WALTON STATIONS-NEW MEXICO, INC.)
  • K205DE (88.9 FM; ALAMOGORDO, NM; Owner: PAULINO BERNAL EVANGELISM)
  • K256AI (99.1 FM; ALAMOGORDO, NM; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • KZZX (105.3 FM; ALAMOGORDO, NM; Owner: BURT BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KRSY-FM (92.7 FM; LA LUZ, NM; Owner: RUNNELS BROADCASTING SYSTEM, LLC, DEBTOR IN POSSESSION)
  • K215EC (91.1 FM; ALAMOGORDO, NM; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • KNMZ (103.7 FM; ALAMOGORDO, NM; Owner: RUNNELS BROADCASTING SYSTEM, LLC, DEBTOR IN POSSESSION)
  • K217BD (91.3 FM; RUIDOSO, NM; Owner: EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY)
  • K220CE (91.9 FM; RUIDOSO, NM; Owner: CONNECTION COMMUNICATIONS ASSOC., INC.)
  • K292CX (106.3 FM; RUIDOSO, NM; Owner: MARK W. MARLEY)

TV broadcast stations around Ruidoso:

  • K55AC (Channel 55; CAPITAN, RUIDOSO, NM; Owner: RAYCOM NATIONAL, INC.)
  • K58AH (Channel 58; RUIDOSO, ETC., NM; Owner: KOAT HEARST-ARGYLE TELEVISION, INC.)
  • K30GM (Channel 30; CAPITAN/RUIDOSO, NM; Owner: KOB-TV, LLC)
  • KGDR-LP (Channel 47; RUIDOSO, NM; Owner: PRIME TIME CHRISTIAN B/CING., INC.)
  • K49EW (Channel 49; RUIDOSO, NM; Owner: EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY)
  • K16BZ (Channel 16; RUIDOSO, NM; Owner: EMMIS TELEVISION LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • K13OX (Channel 13; MUD CANYON, NM; Owner: EMMIS TELEVISION LICENSE CORPORATION)
Ruidoso fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2013

Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2013 (per 100,000 population)

See more detailed statistics of Ruidoso fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2013 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 22Number of bridges
  • 24m79ftTotal length
  • $2,388,000Total costs
  • 63,725Total average daily traffic
  • 5,802Total average daily truck traffic
  • 79,816Total future (year 2031) average daily traffic

New bridges - Historical Statistics

  • 11940-1949
  • 21950-1959
  • 91960-1969
  • 31970-1979
  • 62000-2009
  • 12010-2012
See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Ruidoso, NM
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Ruidoso)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 64 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 6 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Ruidoso, NM)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 25 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 45 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 5 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 4 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 81 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Ruidoso)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 42 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Ruidoso)

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 1
  • Hazardous Condition: 1
Most common first names in Ruidoso, NM among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James4274.6 years
Mary3978.0 years
John3673.7 years
William3678.8 years
Robert2767.1 years
George1974.8 years
Charles1871.2 years
Dorothy1777.4 years
Margaret1577.4 years
Joe1565.1 years
Most common last names in Ruidoso, NM among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith1971.8 years
Jones1673.5 years
Williams1677.3 years
Miller1672.3 years
Brown1377.2 years
Thompson1281.3 years
Davis1077.7 years
Sanchez1076.5 years
Thomas982.2 years
Johnson865.2 years
Businesses in Ruidoso, NM
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Motel 61
AutoZone1Nike1
Best Western2Quality1
Chevrolet1RadioShack1
Comfort Inn1SONIC Drive-In1
FedEx3Starbucks1
Ford1Super 81
H&R Block1Taco Bell1
Holiday Inn1Travelodge1
KFC1True Value1
La-Z-Boy1U-Haul1
MasterBrand Cabinets1UPS5
McDonald's1Walgreens1

Ruidoso on our top lists:

  • #25 on the list of "Top 100 highest located cities (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #75 (88338) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Swiss first ancestries"
  • #83 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000"
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  • Berton L. Vicars (8)
  • Larry Donald Tobin (1)

Total of 9 patent applications in 2008-2015.