Introduction to Socorro, New Mexico

Socorro, New Mexico, in Socorro county, is 72 miles S of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Socorro History

Socorro was originally founded by a group of Spanish settlers in 1598. The town got its name from the Spanish version of the word "help," as the Piro Indians had helped the Spanish settlers as they arrived from the desert. Socorro was claimed by Americans in 1846 by Colonel Stephen W. Kearny, during the Mexican-American war. It was officially incorporated as a territory of the United States in 1850.

Socorro and nearby Attractions

  • Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
  • El Camino Real Heritage Center
  • New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources Mineralogical Museum
  • Escondida Lake Park
  • National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Things To Do In Socorro

Socorro has a number of recreational sites close by, including the Box Canyon and the San Lorenzo Canyon, which are popular for hiking, mountain biking and climbing. The San Miguel Mission and the El Camino Heritage Center provide visitors with an insight into the town’s history. Local festivals include the Festival of the Cranes, the San Miguel Fiesta and the Socorro County Fair. One can also visit the Cibola National Forest and the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge to see some rare migratory birds.

Socorro Transportation

Albuquerque International is the nearest major airport.

Socorro Higher Education

The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology is the local institute of higher education. Other nearby institutes include the University of New Mexico, the Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute and the University of Phoenix-Albuquerque Campus.


Total Population 8,843
Male Share of the Population 51.1%
Female Share of the Population 48.9%
Senior Citizens 14.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,866
Age of the Population 31


% of people married 23.4%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $37,446
% Above Poverty Level 69.8%
% Below Poverty Level 30.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 13 minutes
% Working from Home 1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 13.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 39.5%
Median Gross Rent $579
Median House Value $99,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 70.4%
US/American 0%
English 4.3%
Irish 4%

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

Socorro Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 72 miles S of Albuquerque, New Mexico
County Socorro
Standard Zip Codes 87801
Phone Area Codes 505
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.058
Longitude -106.89

Socorro 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 21 to 53 F
Apr Temp 38 to 76 F
Jul Temp 60 to 94 F
Oct Temp 39 to 75 F
Annual Precip 10.2 inches
Distance 20 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 49 F
Apr Temp 35 to 68 F
Jul Temp 57 to 87 F
Oct Temp 39 to 70 F
Annual Precip 12.6 inches
Distance 64.1 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Campus (87801)

Escondida (87801)

Florida (87801)

Luis Lopez (87801)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Magdalena 603 $40,938

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

Socorro Public Libraries

Socorro Public Library
Socorro, New Mexico
(505) 835-1114

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Socorro Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(505) 835-1140
Emergency Service: Yes

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Socorro High Schools

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 601 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

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