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Overview

Introduction to Raton, New Mexico

Raton, New Mexico, in Colfax county, is 93 miles S of Pueblo, Colorado and 135 miles S of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The city has a population of 7,282.

Raton History

The town of Raton was originally founded at Willow Springs, a stop along the Santa Fe Trail. The land for the town was purchased through the Maxwell Land Grant in 1880, when the town came to be known as Raton. Raton is an important mining and ranching center for northeast New Mexico. The town is named after the Spanish word for mouse.

Raton and nearby Attractions

  • Ra’tn Museum
  • Sugarite Canyon State Park
  • Raton Municipal Golf Course
  • Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge
  • Raton Family History Center

Things To Do In Raton

The Sugarite Canyon State Park offers facilities for outdoor activities, including camping, hiking and fishing. The NRA Whittington Center is the largest shooting range in the US, where visitors can enjoy skeet and high-power rifle shooting. One can also visit the historical La Mesa Park Racetrack and the Philmount Scout Ranch from Raton. Local festivals include the Balloon Rally and the International Santa Fe Trail. The Raton Municipal Golf Course provides facilities for golfers.

Raton Transportation

Pueblo Memorial Airport is nearby.

Raton Higher Education

Facilities for higher education are available from Pueblo Community College, the University of Southern Colorado, New Mexico Highlands University and Adams State College.

People

Total Population 6,493
Male Share of the Population 50.5%
Female Share of the Population 49.5%
Senior Citizens 21.5%
Employed Population 16+ 2,370
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 39.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $45,955
% Above Poverty Level 81.7%
% Below Poverty Level 18.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 43%
Median Gross Rent $549
Median House Value $91,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 63%
US/American 0%
English 4.9%
Irish 6.4%

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

Raton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 93 miles S of Pueblo, Colorado (center to center)
Nearest Large City 135 miles S of Colorado Springs, Colorado
County Colfax
Standard Zip Codes 87740
Phone Area Codes 505
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.903
Longitude -104.438

Raton 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 RATON FILTER PLANT
Distance 1 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 45 F
Apr Temp 32 to 60 F
Jul Temp 55 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 65 F
Annual Precip 18.3 inches
Station RATON KRTN RADIO
Distance 1.5 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 46 F
Apr Temp 29 to 64 F
Jul Temp 51 to 83 F
Oct Temp 32 to 67 F
Annual Precip 16.5 inches
Station TRINIDAD
Distance 19.5 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 50 F
Apr Temp 35 to 67 F
Jul Temp 57 to 88 F
Oct Temp 38 to 71 F
Annual Precip 16.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Colfax (87740)

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

Raton Public Libraries

Library
Arthur Johnson Memorial Library
244 COOK AVENUE
Raton, New Mexico
(505) 445-9711

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Raton Hospitals

MINERS' COLFAX MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - State)
200 HOSPITAL DRIVE
(505) 445-3661
Emergency Service: Yes

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Raton High Schools

RATON HIGH
1535 TIGER CIRCLE
505-445-3541
Serves 416 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

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