Capitan, New Mexico

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Capitan, New Mexico

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High Points

Capitan strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in New Mexico):

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Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Capitan Affordability of Property Taxes
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 12% Capitan Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Capitan, New Mexico

Comparing Capitan to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in New Mexico (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 9 9
Racial Diversity 8 3
Male Share of the Population 8 7
Senior Citizens 6 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 3
Female Share of the Population 3 4
Well-Paid Single Men 3 5
Well-Paid Single Women 3 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 7 8
Average Household Size 4 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 8 8
People Above Poverty 5 8
People in Middle Class or Better 3 8
Median Family Income 2 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Public Transportation Use 9 9
Walking and Biking to Work 8 7
Short Commute Times 3 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 9
Affordability of Property Taxes 9 6
People Living Alone 5 6
Affordability of Rents 5 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 2

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Capitan Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 107 miles NE of Las Cruces, New Mexico (center to center)
Nearest Large City 123 miles SE of Albuquerque, New Mexico
County Lincoln
Standard Zip Codes 88316
Phone Area Codes 505
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.545
Longitude -105.571

Capitan Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 1.8 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 49 F
Apr Temp 33 to 67 F
Jul Temp 53 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 68 F
Annual Precip 17.2 inches
Distance 16 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 50 F
Apr Temp 30 to 65 F
Jul Temp 49 to 80 F
Oct Temp 33 to 67 F
Annual Precip 22.7 inches
Distance 42.2 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 41 F
Apr Temp 28 to 57 F
Jul Temp 46 to 71 F
Oct Temp 31 to 59 F
Annual Precip 28.1 inches
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Capitan Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,443 100%
Male 712 49.3%
Female 731 50.7%
Under 18 360 24.9%
18+ 1,083 75.1%
65+ 240 16.6%
Median Age 42.4
Average Family Size 2.91
White 1,263 87.5%
African-American 8 0.6%
Asian 8 0.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 21 1.5%
Other 112 7.8%
Mixed Race 30 2.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 277 19.2%

Estimated Capitan Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,500
Growth 57
Growth % 4%

Capitan Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.7%
US/American 19.6%
German 11.2%
Irish 10.5%
English 10.5%
Scotch-Irish 2.6%
Scottish 1.9%
Italian 1.6%
Norwegian 1.1%
French (except Basque) 1.1%
Polish 1.1%
Dutch 0.9%
Swiss 0.8%
European 0.7%
Greek 0.7%
Welsh 0.6%
Swedish 0.6%
French Canadian 0.5%
Czechoslovakian 0.4%
British 0.4%
Dutch West Indian 0.4%
Russian 0.4%
Croatian 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Austrian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Angus (88316)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Capitan 1,443 $32,115
Carrizozo 1,036 $29,625
Ruidoso 7,698 $44,846
Ruidoso Downs 1,824 $30,500

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Capitan Public Library
Capitan, New Mexico
(505) 354-3035

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Capitan High Schools (2004)

Serves 188 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.1

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