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home | Locations | FACTS & FIGURES FOR RUIDOSO, NEW MEX . . .

Ivan Gillis
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Ruidoso, New Mexico


Ruidoso is a mountain resort town in Lincoln County, New Mexico, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest.


Ruidoso lies in the rugged Sierra Blanca mountain range of southcentral New Mexico, where it merges with the Sacramento Mountains to the south. Ruidoso is a rapidly growing resort community due to the region's alpine scenery, Ruidoso Downs racetrack, and slopes of Ski Apache, the Mescalero Apache Indian owned ski resort on the 12,000 foot mountain Sierra Blanca.


Ruidoso has been experiencing explosive growth. Currently, Ruidoso is the 3rd fastest growing city in New Mexico. Massive investment has poured into the town from many developers. Major projects including large housing subdivisions, condos, and retail establishments have altered the face of the once "sleepy mountain community." As a result, the Village is contending with serious questions about the adequacy of the local water supply and zoning enforcement. Like many small communities that have been recently 'discovered', there is an ongoing debate about how best to plan for additional growth. In December 2006 7% of eligible voters approved a $12.6 million bond issue to finance the expansion and modernization of the local wastewater treatment plant which was built in 1982. The plant is barely adequate to handle the existing population, and does not meet current EPA standards.


Live Racing at Ruidoso Downs will resume Memorial Day weekend 2008. Plan your summer to join us for the 50th Anniversary of the $2 million All American Futurity Celebration.  Racing takes place on a Thursday - Sunday schedule with the first race running daily at 1 p.m.




Population (year 2000): 7,698. Estimated population in July 2006: 9,359 (+21.6% change)


Males: 3,653 


Females: 4,045 



Median Age--46.2 Years

Ancestries: English (15.0%), German (14.7%), Irish (13.4%), United States (9.2%), Italian (3.0%), French (2.7%).

Races in Ruidoso:

  • White Non-Hispanic (78.1%)
  • Hispanic (18.2%)
  • Other race (7.4%)
  • American Indian (3.3%)
  • Two or more races (2.1%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)


Income & Housing Costs Numbers:


Estimated median household income in 2005: $35,800 (it was $37,107 in 2000)



New Mexico: 



Estimated median house/condo value in 2005: $133,300 (it was $113,900 in 2000)



New Mexico: 




Elevation: 6720 feet

Land area: 14.3 square miles.

Population density--640 per square mile--low.

In-Depth Facts and Figures as listed below, plus other information:

·        Climate Charts

1.      Average Temperature

2.      Precipitation (Rain)

3.      Humidity

4.      Wind Speed (MPH)

5.      Snowfall

6.      Sunshine

7.      Cloudy Days

·        Tornado Activity History

·        Hospitals & Medical

·        Airports

·        Colleges/Universities

·        High Schools

·        Locations of Interest

·        Shopping Centers

·        Churches

·        Lakes/Streams/Rivers/Creeks/Parks

·        Tourist Attractions

·        Banks

·        Housing Costs Information

·        Crime Statistics

·        Radio Stations AM/FM

·        TV Broadcast Stations

·        Discussion Forums


For the above information and photos, click this link:


Total Tax Burden--Data for Calculation


See article on Alamogordo, New Mexico

Cost of Living Calculators Links:

Wikipedia Information Link:,_New_Mexico







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