Sunland Park, New Mexico

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Sunland Park, New Mexico

Introduction to Sunland Park, New Mexico

Sunland Park, New Mexico, in Dona Ana county, is 8 miles NW of El Paso, Texas. The people of the city are in the Las Cruces metropolitan area. Sunland Park has a population of 13,309.

Sunland Park History

Previously known as Anapra, the town of Sunland Park is named after the Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. Historically, the town dates back over 5,000 years as a Native American settlement. It was first settled by Spanish explorers in the 1500s. In 1924, Anapra was purchased by the Southern Pacific Railroad and came to be known by its current name.

Sunland Park and nearby Attractions

  • Franklin Mountains State Park
  • Western Playland Amusement Park
  • Americana Museum
  • El Paso Museum of Art
  • War Eagles Air Museum

Things To Do In Sunland Park

The Americana Museum and Centennial Museum offer insight into the area's history. The Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino is a very popular recreation site in the city. One can also visit the Western Playlands Amusement Park.

Sunland Park Transportation

El Paso International is the nearest major airport.

Sunland Park Higher Education

The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso Community College and New Mexico State University provide programs for higher studies.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Sunland Park Affordability of Rents
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 5% trophy Sunland Park Public Transportation Use
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Sunland Park Affordability of Property Taxes
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Sunland Park Low Property Crime

Comparative Profile of Sunland Park, New Mexico

Comparing Sunland Park 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
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Racial Diversity 8 7
Male Share of the Population 6 5
Female Share of the Population 5 7
Senior Citizens 2 1
Age of the Population 1 1
Well-Paid Single Men 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 10 10
Portion of People Married 9 10


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 8 10
Working at Home 7 5
Short Commute Times 4 2
Walking and Biking to Work 2 3


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 9 9
Low Violent Crime 7 8

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Sunland Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 8 miles NW of El Paso, Texas
County Dona Ana
Metro Area Las Cruces
Standard Zip Codes 88008, 88063
Phone Area Codes 505
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 31.83
Longitude -106.61

Sunland Park Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station LA TUNA 1 S
Distance 9.5 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 60 F
Apr Temp 45 to 81 F
Jul Temp 68 to 97 F
Oct Temp 49 to 81 F
Annual Precip 8.9 inches
Station YSLETA
Distance 19.5 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 61 F
Apr Temp 47 to 81 F
Jul Temp 69 to 99 F
Oct Temp 48 to 81 F
Annual Precip 9.7 inches
Station EL PASO 32 ENE
Distance 37.8 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 53 F
Apr Temp 46 to 73 F
Jul Temp 64 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 75 F
Annual Precip 11.1 inches
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Sunland Park Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 13,309 100%
Male 6,430 48.3%
Female 6,879 51.7%
Under 18 4,985 37.5%
18+ 8,324 62.5%
65+ 1,002 7.5%
Median Age 25.4
Average Family Size 4.24
White 9,290 69.8%
African-American 71 0.5%
Asian 9 0.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 108 0.8%
Other 3,463 26%
Mixed Race 367 2.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 12,835 96.4%

Estimated Sunland Park Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 14,089
Growth 780
Growth % 5.9%

Sunland Park 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) 96.3%
US/American 2.3%
English 0.4%
Irish 0.2%
German 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Los Ranchos del Rio (88008)

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

Sunland Park Public Libraries

Sunland Park Community Library
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1. Socorro, Texas 89   6.4% 6.4% 4.3% 27 $24,336 9.2% 26.6% 27,152 32.6% 18.7 0.4% 2.7
2. Mathis, Texas 85.7   17.8% 12.5% 6.3% 26 $23,793 8.8% 46.2% 5,034 38.2% 23.4 0.8% 0.8
3. Guadalupe, California 85.5   11% 8.5% 4.3% 25 $31,042 9.2% 54.5% 5,659 25% 18.2 0.3% 2.7
4. Jeanerette, Louisiana 83.4   23.2% 12.4% 7.8% 24 $26,810 8.6% 61.7% 5,997 34.2% 20.3 0.5% 1.5
5. Galena Park, Texas 83.3   16.8% 9.9% 7% 24 $34,702 9.3% 36.7% 10,592 25.4% 26.5 0.2% 2.6
6. Grovetown, Georgia 78.7   17.9% 5.2% 12.2% 24 $32,546 9.5% 29.1% 6,089 18.6% 28.4 0.1% 2.6
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