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Overview

Introduction to Alamogordo, New Mexico

Alamogordo, New Mexico, in Otero county, is 59 miles NE of Las Cruces, New Mexico and 84 miles N of El Paso, Texas.

Alamogordo History

Alamogordo was founded in 1898. It the same year, the El Paso and Northwestern Railroad first entered the city. Alamogordo derived its name from the many cottonwood trees in the area. An atomic bomb was detonated at the Alamogordo Test Range on July 16, 1945. The city is the county seat of Otero County, which was established on January 30, 1899.

Alamogordo and nearby Attractions

  • Lincoln National Forest
  • Alameda Park Zoo
  • Museum of Space History
  • Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
  • White Sands National Monument
  • Tularosa Basin Historical Society Museum

Things To Do In Alamogordo

Alamogordo provides amenities for several different types of recreational opportunities. One can visit America's National Park Ride Train Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Space History and the White Sands National Monument. The Alameda Park Zoo is also a popular local spot. Local celebrations include the Cottonwood Festival, the White Sands Film Festival and Hamfest. The Lincoln National Forest and the Oliver Lee Memorial State Park can be reached from Alamogordo within few minutes.

Alamogordo Transportation

Sierra Blanca is the nearest airport.

Alamogordo Higher Education

New Mexico State University-Alamogordo is the local institution of higher education. Others in the neighborhood include the University of New Mexico and El Paso Community College.

Demographics

People

Total Population30,963
Male Share of the Population50.1%
Female Share of the Population49.9%
Senior Citizens17.3%
Employed Population 16+13,963
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married47%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher20.1%
Median Earnings25+$28,463
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$10,837
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,694

Wealth

Median Family Income$56,393
% Above Poverty Level82.7%
% Below Poverty Level17.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time16 minutes
% Working from Home2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work3%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone36.4%
Median Gross Rent$777
Median House Value$112,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)45.7%
English8.4%
Irish7.2%
Polish2%
Scottish1.9%
Italian1.7%
French Except Basque1.6%
Canadian1.1%
Dutch1.1%
Norwegian1%
Swedish0.9%
Czech0.5%
Hungarian0.4%
African0.4%
Welsh0.3%
Portuguese0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Arab0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Russian0.2%
Slovak0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Greek0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
German0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
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Alamogordo Almanac

CategoryValue
County Otero County
Standard Zip Codes88310
P.O. Box Zip Codes88311
Phone Area Codes575, 505
Time ZoneAmerica/Denver
Approximate Latitude32.88
Approximate Longitude-105.95

Alamogordo Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationALAMOGORDO
Distance0.6 miles
Jan Temp29 to 55 F
Apr Temp46 to 75 F
Jul Temp66 to 93 F
Oct Temp48 to 76 F
Annual Precip13.2 inches
StationTULAROSA
Distance12.3 miles
Jan Temp28 to 56 F
Apr Temp43 to 76 F
Jul Temp64 to 93 F
Oct Temp46 to 76 F
Annual Precip11.3 inches
StationJORNADA EXP RANGE
Distance49.1 miles
Jan Temp21 to 57 F
Apr Temp37 to 77 F
Jul Temp63 to 95 F
Oct Temp40 to 78 F
Annual Precip11.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cloudcroft613$46,333
Tularosa2,902$42,969

Alamogordo Public Libraries

Alamogordo Public Library
920 OREGON AVENUE
Alamogordo, New Mexico
(575) 439-4140

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Alamogordo Hospitals

Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center
(Non-profit)
2669 North Scenic Drive
(575) 439-6100

Alamogordo Public Schools

Academy Del Sol Alt.
1200 Florida Ave Bldg C
ZIP: 88310
(505) 439-3270
High
Total Enrollment 166
Alamogordo High
103 Cuba Ave
ZIP: 88310
(505) 439-3270
High
Total Enrollment 1383
Buena Vista Elementary
2600 19th St
ZIP: 88310
(505) 439-3270
Primary
Total Enrollment 271
Chaparral Middle
1401 College Ave
ZIP: 88310
(505) 439-3270
Middle
Total Enrollment 637
Heights Elementary
2410 10th St
ZIP: 88310
(505) 439-3270
Primary
Total Enrollment 303
Mountain View Middle
500 South Canyon Rd
ZIP: 88310
(505) 439-3270
Middle
Total Enrollment 444
Nm School For The Blind And Visually Impaired
1900 North White Sands
ZIP: 88310
(575) 437-3505
Other
Total Enrollment 29
North Elementary
1300 North Florida
ZIP: 88310
(505) 439-3270
Primary
Total Enrollment 355
Oregon Elementary
1500 Oregon Ave
ZIP: 88310
(505) 439-3270
Primary
Total Enrollment 298
Sacramento Elementary
300 Alaska Ave
ZIP: 88310
(505) 439-3270
Primary
Total Enrollment 269
Sierra Elementary
2211 Puerto Rico Ave
ZIP: 88310
(505) 439-3270
Primary
Total Enrollment 368
Yucca Elementary
310 Dale Scott Blvd
ZIP: 88310
(505) 439-3270
Primary
Total Enrollment 476
High Rolls Mtn Elementary
23 Kerr Canyon
ZIP: 88325
(505) 439-3270
Primary
Total Enrollment 28
Holloman Elementary
750 Arnold
ZIP: 88330
(505) 439-3270
Primary
Total Enrollment 442
Holloman Middle
1st St And Arizona St 768
ZIP: 88330
(505) 439-3270
Middle
Total Enrollment 179

Alamogordo Private Schools

Father James B Hay School
1000 8th St
ZIP: 88310
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 75
Imago Dei Academy
1100 Michigan Ave
ZIP: 88310
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 47
Legacy Christian Academy
2907 Thunder Rd
ZIP: 88310
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 119
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