Introduction to Tucumcari, New Mexico

Tucumcari, New Mexico, in Quay county, is 107 miles W of Amarillo, Texas and 165 miles E of Albuquerque, New Mexico. As of the year 2000 census, 5,989 people lived in Tucumcari.

Tucumcari History

Tucumcari is the county seat of Quay County, which was founded on January 28, 1903. The Chicago Rock Island and Pacific Railroad established a construction camp in this area in 1901. The camp was the site of numerous gunfights and was known as Six Shooter Siding. The name was changed to Tucumcari in 1908. The city was named after the Tucumcari Mountain.

Tucumcari and nearby Attractions

  • Baca - Goodman House Historic Site
  • Conchas Lake State Park
  • Tucumcari Historical Museum
  • Ute Lake State Park
  • Mesalands Dinosaur Museum

Things To Do In Tucumcari

The Tucumcari Historical Museum provides insight into the region’s history. The Mesalands Dinosaur Museum is also a popular local spot. One can even enjoy rafting on the Black Canyon River while in the city. Local festivals include the Art Festival, the Quay County Fair, the Quay County 4H Rodeo and Horse Show and the Quay County Heritage Dayze. The Conchas Lake State Park and Ute Lake State Park accessible from Tucumcari as well.

Tucumcari Transportation

Amarillo International Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Tucumcari Higher Education

Mesa Technical College is the local institution of higher education. Others in the neighborhood include Eastern New Mexico University, West Texas A & M University and New Mexico Highlands University.


Total Population 5,157
Male Share of the Population 47.4%
Female Share of the Population 52.6%
Senior Citizens 21.8%
Employed Population 16+ 1,397
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 36.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.7%
Median Earnings25+ $24,055
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $13,523
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,741


Median Family Income $33,299
% Above Poverty Level 77.2%
% Below Poverty Level 22.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 13 minutes
% Working from Home 6.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 44%
Median Gross Rent $456
Median House Value $61,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 63%
US/American 0%
English 7.9%
Irish 4.4%

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

Tucumcari Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 107 miles W of Amarillo, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 165 miles E of Albuquerque, New Mexico
County Quay
Standard Zip Codes 88401
P.O. Box Zip Codes 88416
Phone Area Codes 505
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.171
Longitude -103.724

Tucumcari Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 3 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 53 F
Apr Temp 42 to 72 F
Jul Temp 64 to 93 F
Oct Temp 44 to 74 F
Annual Precip 16.5 inches
Distance 24.4 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 49 F
Apr Temp 39 to 71 F
Jul Temp 61 to 90 F
Oct Temp 43 to 71 F
Annual Precip 19.3 inches
Distance 30.3 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 52 F
Apr Temp 42 to 71 F
Jul Temp 66 to 93 F
Oct Temp 45 to 74 F
Annual Precip 15.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Conchas Dam (88416)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Logan 1,012 $41,250
San Jon 153 $33,750

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

Tucumcari Public Libraries

Tucumcari Public Library
Tucumcari, New Mexico
(505) 461-0295

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Tucumcari Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(505) 461-0141
Emergency Service: Yes

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Tucumcari High Schools

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Student/teacher ratio: 13.6

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