Introduction to Belen, New Mexico

Belen, New Mexico is 30 miles S of Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is in Valencia county. The city is part of the Albuquerque metro area. The population of Belen is 6,901.

Belen History

Belen was founded by Antonio Salazar and Captain Don Diego Torres in 1740. The city earned its name from the Spanish town of Bethlehem. By the 19th century, Belen's economic condition began improving with the growth of the town's agricultural prospects. When New Mexico became a part of the United States in 1846, Belen gradually became a trade center. Belen gained recognition as a town in 1940, and as a city in 1966.

Belen and nearby Attractions

  • Harvey House Museum
  • Belén State Waterfowl Area
  • Manzano State Park
  • Explora! Science Center
  • Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
  • Rattlesnake Museum

Things To Do In Belen

Belen State Waterfowl Area is one of the nearest tourist attractions. Some of the nearby parks are Manzano State Park, Rio Grande Nature Center and the AARP Park. Manzano State Park offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities, including picnicking and camping facilities. The Harvey House Museum, Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument and the Albuquerque Museum may prove interesting to those hoping to learn more about the area’s history.

Belen Transportation

Albuquerque International Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Belen Higher Education

The University of New Mexico, New Mexico Highlands University, the University of Phoenix-Albuquerque Campus and New Mexico State University provide facilities for higher education.


Total Population 7,209
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 17.2%
Employed Population 16+ 2,227
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 38.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $31,970
% Above Poverty Level 63.2%
% Below Poverty Level 36.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 6.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.1%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%


People Living Alone 32.1%
Median Gross Rent $677
Median House Value $94,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 75.5%
US/American 0%
English 3.2%
Irish 5.4%

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

Belen Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 30 miles S of Albuquerque, New Mexico
County Valencia
Metro Area Albuquerque
Standard Zip Codes 87002
Phone Area Codes 505
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.662
Longitude -106.775

Belen Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 7.3 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 51 F
Apr Temp 35 to 72 F
Jul Temp 60 to 92 F
Oct Temp 37 to 74 F
Annual Precip 9.9 inches
Distance 28.6 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 48 F
Apr Temp 41 to 71 F
Jul Temp 65 to 92 F
Oct Temp 44 to 71 F
Annual Precip 9.4 inches
Distance 40.7 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 48 F
Apr Temp 34 to 71 F
Jul Temp 58 to 90 F
Oct Temp 36 to 70 F
Annual Precip 9.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Los Chavez (87002)

Los Trujillos (87002)

Pueblitos (87002)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bosque Farms 3,864 $69,271
Los Lunas 15,281 $61,869

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

Belen Public Libraries

Belen Public Library
Belen, New Mexico
(505) 864-7522

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Belen High Schools

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Serves 1,441 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.1

A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 32 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.7

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