Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico

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Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico

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High Points

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

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Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Ruidoso Downs Short Commute Times
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Ruidoso Downs Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico

Comparing Ruidoso Downs 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
Racial Diversity 9 5
Male Share of the Population 7 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 5
Female Share of the Population 4 5
Age of the Population 3 5
Senior Citizens 2 1
Well-Paid Single Men 2 3


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 3 3
People Above Poverty 2 6
Median Family Income 2 4
People in Middle Class or Better 1 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 10 8
Working at Home 8 7
Walking and Biking to Work 3 2
Public Transportation Use 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
Housing Recently Built 9 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 6
Affordability of Rents 5 3
People Living Alone 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 2 4
Low Property Crime 1 1

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Ruidoso Downs Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 95 miles NE of Las Cruces, New Mexico (center to center)
Nearest Large City 120 miles NE of El Paso, Texas
County Lincoln
Standard Zip Codes 88346
Phone Area Codes 505
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.328
Longitude -105.603

Ruidoso Downs Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 4.6 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 27.1 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 52 F
Apr Temp 37 to 73 F
Jul Temp 59 to 91 F
Oct Temp 39 to 73 F
Annual Precip 13.5 inches
Distance 27.3 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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Ruidoso Downs Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,824 100%
Male 893 49%
Female 931 51%
Under 18 531 29.1%
18+ 1,293 70.9%
65+ 171 9.4%
Median Age 35.2
Average Family Size 3.09
White 1,228 67.3%
African-American 14 0.8%
Asian 13 0.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 65 3.6%
Other 446 24.5%
Mixed Race 53 2.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 797 43.7%

Estimated Ruidoso Downs Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,972
Growth 148
Growth % 8.1%

Ruidoso Downs 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) 55.6%
Irish 9.1%
US/American 8.3%
English 7.7%
German 7.1%
Scotch-Irish 1.9%
French (except Basque) 1.6%
Polish 1.1%
Scottish 1%
Norwegian 0.8%
European 0.8%
Italian 0.6%
Dutch 0.6%
French Canadian 0.5%
Czech 0.5%
British 0.4%
Danish 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
Serbian 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Jamaican 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

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

Wal-mart in Ruidoso Downs

(As of 2006)
1800 W Hwy 70
(505) 378-8050
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