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Overview

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.

People

Total Population 15,142
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 8.9%
Employed Population 16+ 6,038
Age of the Population 29

Families

% of people married 44.8%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $30,493
% Above Poverty Level 62.9%
% Below Poverty Level 37.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 14.5%
Median Gross Rent $635
Median House Value $92,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 91.6%
US/American 0%
English 0.5%
Irish 0.6%

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

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

Notes:

  • 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

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

Library
Sunland Park Community Library
984 MCNUTT RD
Sunland Park, New Mexico
(505) 874-0873

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