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Overview

Introduction to Alamogordo, New Mexico

Alamogordo, New Mexico, in Otero county, is 59 miles NE of Las Cruces, New Mexico and 84 miles N of El Paso, Texas. The city contains a population of approximately 35,582.

Alamogordo History

Alamogordo was founded in 1898. It the same year, the El Paso and Northwestern Railroad first entered the city. Alamogordo derived its name from the many cottonwood trees in the area. An atomic bomb was detonated at the Alamogordo Test Range on July 16, 1945. The city is the county seat of Otero County, which was established on January 30, 1899.

Alamogordo and nearby Attractions

  • Lincoln National Forest
  • Alameda Park Zoo
  • Museum of Space History
  • Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
  • White Sands National Monument
  • Tularosa Basin Historical Society Museum

Things To Do In Alamogordo

Alamogordo provides amenities for several different types of recreational opportunities. One can visit America's National Park Ride Train Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Space History and the White Sands National Monument. The Alameda Park Zoo is also a popular local spot. Local celebrations include the Cottonwood Festival, the White Sands Film Festival and Hamfest. The Lincoln National Forest and the Oliver Lee Memorial State Park can be reached from Alamogordo within few minutes.

Alamogordo Transportation

Sierra Blanca is the nearest airport.

Alamogordo Higher Education

New Mexico State University-Alamogordo is the local institution of higher education. Others in the neighborhood include the University of New Mexico and El Paso Community College.

People

Total Population 31,198
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 17%
Employed Population 16+ 12,597
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 48%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.6%
Median Earnings25+ $27,776
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $11,800
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,082

Wealth

Median Family Income $52,265
% Above Poverty Level 79.5%
% Below Poverty Level 20.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 32.5%
Median Gross Rent $757
Median House Value $109,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 48.3%
US/American 0%
English 7.2%
Irish 7.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Alamogordo Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 59 miles NE of Las Cruces, New Mexico (center to center)
Nearest Large City 84 miles N of El Paso, Texas
County Otero
Standard Zip Codes 88310
P.O. Box Zip Codes 88311
Phone Area Codes 505
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.899
Longitude -105.959

Alamogordo Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ALAMOGORDO
Distance 0.6 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 55 F
Apr Temp 46 to 75 F
Jul Temp 66 to 93 F
Oct Temp 48 to 76 F
Annual Precip 13.2 inches
Station TULAROSA
Distance 12.3 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 56 F
Apr Temp 43 to 76 F
Jul Temp 64 to 93 F
Oct Temp 46 to 76 F
Annual Precip 11.3 inches
Station JORNADA EXP RANGE
Distance 49.1 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 57 F
Apr Temp 37 to 77 F
Jul Temp 63 to 95 F
Oct Temp 40 to 78 F
Annual Precip 11.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Alamogordo, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

White Sands National Monumen (88310)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cloudcroft 530 $43,529
Tularosa 2,914 $33,304

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Alamogordo Public Libraries

Library
Alamogordo Public Library
920 OREGON AVENUE
Alamogordo, New Mexico
(505) 439-4140

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Alamogordo Hospitals

GERALD CHAMPION REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTE
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
2669 NORTH SCENIC DRIVE
(505) 443-7845
Emergency Service: No

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103 CUBA AVE.
505-437-3010
Serves 1,926 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.6

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1211 HAWAII AVE.
505-443-2028
A Non-traditional School
Serves 173 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.7

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