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Overview

Introduction to Belen, New Mexico

Belen, New Mexico is 30 miles S of Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is in Valencia county. The city is part of the Albuquerque metro area.

Belen History

Belen was founded by Antonio Salazar and Captain Don Diego Torres in 1740. The city earned its name from the Spanish town of Bethlehem. By the 19th century, Belen's economic condition began improving with the growth of the town's agricultural prospects. When New Mexico became a part of the United States in 1846, Belen gradually became a trade center. Belen gained recognition as a town in 1940, and as a city in 1966.

Belen and nearby Attractions

  • Harvey House Museum
  • Belén State Waterfowl Area
  • Manzano State Park
  • Explora! Science Center
  • Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
  • Rattlesnake Museum

Things To Do In Belen

Belen State Waterfowl Area is one of the nearest tourist attractions. Some of the nearby parks are Manzano State Park, Rio Grande Nature Center and the AARP Park. Manzano State Park offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities, including picnicking and camping facilities. The Harvey House Museum, Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument and the Albuquerque Museum may prove interesting to those hoping to learn more about the area’s history.

Belen Transportation

Albuquerque International Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Belen Higher Education

The University of New Mexico, New Mexico Highlands University, the University of Phoenix-Albuquerque Campus and New Mexico State University provide facilities for higher education.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,184
Male Share of the Population51.9%
Female Share of the Population48.1%
Senior Citizens18%
Employed Population 16+2,205
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married36.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher14.3%
Median Earnings25+$25,621
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,750
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,641

Wealth

Median Family Income$32,842
% Above Poverty Level67.8%
% Below Poverty Level32.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.5%
% Using Public Transportation1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone31.8%
Median Gross Rent$752
Median House Value$98,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)74.3%
Irish8.8%
German6%
English3.8%
Italian2.5%
Israeli1.2%
Lebanese0.7%
Arab0.7%
Scottish0.7%
Norwegian0.7%
French Except Basque0.4%
Canadian0.4%
Basque0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Russian0.2%
Polish0.1%
Dutch0.1%
Greek0.1%
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Belen Almanac

CategoryValue
County Valencia County
Standard Zip Codes87002
Phone Area Codes505
Time ZoneAmerica/Denver
Approximate Latitude34.65
Approximate Longitude-106.77

Belen Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationLOS LUNAS 3 SSW
Distance7.3 miles
Jan Temp18 to 51 F
Apr Temp35 to 72 F
Jul Temp60 to 92 F
Oct Temp37 to 74 F
Annual Precip9.9 inches
StationALBUQUERQUE INTL AP
Distance28.6 miles
Jan Temp24 to 48 F
Apr Temp41 to 71 F
Jul Temp65 to 92 F
Oct Temp44 to 71 F
Annual Precip9.4 inches
StationCORRALES
Distance40.7 miles
Jan Temp20 to 48 F
Apr Temp34 to 71 F
Jul Temp58 to 90 F
Oct Temp36 to 70 F
Annual Precip9.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bosque Farms3,863$64,764
Los Lunas15,271$58,583

Belen Public Libraries

Belen Public Library
333 BECKER AVENUE
Belen, New Mexico
(505) 864-7522

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Belen Public Schools

Belen High
1619 West Delgado Ave
ZIP: 87002
(505) 966-1000
High
Total Enrollment 1128
Belen Infinity High
320 Becker Dr
ZIP: 87002
(505) 861-3720
High
Total Enrollment 60
Belen Middle
314 South 4th St
ZIP: 87002
(505) 966-1600
Middle
Total Enrollment 586
Central Elementary
600 Picard Ave
ZIP: 87002
(505) 966-1200
Middle
Total Enrollment 209
Dennis Chavez Elementary
19670 Hwy 314
ZIP: 87002
(505) 966-1800
Primary
Total Enrollment 369
Gil Sanchez Elementary
376 Jarales Rd
ZIP: 87002
(505) 966-1900
Primary
Total Enrollment 268
Jaramillo Elementary
900 Esperanza Dr
ZIP: 87002
(505) 966-2000
Primary
Total Enrollment 367
La Merced Elementary
301 Alame Loop
ZIP: 87002
(505) 966-2100
Primary
Total Enrollment 524
La Promesa Elementary
898 Hwy 304
ZIP: 87002
(505) 966-2400
Primary
Total Enrollment 218
Rio Grande Elementary
15 Eastside School Rd
ZIP: 87002
(505) 966-2200
Primary
Total Enrollment 294
The Family School
801 East River Rd
ZIP: 87002
(505) 864-0728
Primary
Total Enrollment 115

Belen Private Schools

Calvary Chapel Academy
19381 Highway 314
ZIP: 87002
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 150
St Mary's Catholic School Belen
Church And 10th Sts
ZIP: 87002
Elementary
Total Enrollment 121
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