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Overview

Introduction to Roswell, New Mexico

Roswell, New Mexico, in Chaves county, is 147 miles NE of Las Cruces, New Mexico and 160 miles NE of El Paso, Texas.

Roswell History

A group of pioneers from Missouri originally attempted to start a settlement here in 1865, but failed due to the lack of water in the area. In 1869, Van C. Smith and Billy Bob Joe started the settlement with two adobe buildings. Named after Roswell Smith, father of Van C. Smith, the town became the county seat of the newly-created Chaves County in 1889.

Roswell and nearby Attractions

  • Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico
  • General Douglas L. McBridge Military Museum
  • International UFO Museum and Research Center
  • Roswell Museum and Art Center
  • Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Bottomless Lake State Park

Things To Do In Roswell

The International UFO Museum, the Roswell Museum and Art Center and the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art are all located in Roswell. One can also visit the outline of an iron cross of stones made by German POWs during the Second World War. Local festivals include the UFO Festival and the Pecos Valley Jazz and Arts Festival, which each attract a number of visitors every year.

Roswell Transportation

Air transportation is available from Sierra Blanca Regional Airport.

Roswell Higher Education

Local institutions of higher education include Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus and the New Mexico Military Institute.

Demographics

People

Total Population48,407
Male Share of the Population48.3%
Female Share of the Population51.7%
Senior Citizens15.4%
Employed Population 16+19,265
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married44.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher20.1%
Median Earnings25+$30,427
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,522
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,028

Wealth

Median Family Income$50,953
% Above Poverty Level77.4%
% Below Poverty Level22.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home3%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.5%
% Using Public Transportation1.7%

Housing

People Living Alone29.5%
Median Gross Rent$709
Median House Value$100,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)63.3%
Irish8.6%
German7.7%
English5.9%
Scottish1.6%
Italian1.6%
French Except Basque1.2%
Polish1%
Dutch0.9%
Swedish0.7%
Welsh0.7%
Greek0.6%
Norwegian0.6%
Czech0.5%
Basque0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Canadian0.2%
African0.2%
Russian0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Romanian0.1%
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Roswell Almanac

CategoryValue
County Chaves County
Standard Zip Codes88203, 88201
P.O. Box Zip Codes88202
Phone Area Codes505, 575
Time ZoneAmerica/Denver
Approximate Latitude33.37
Approximate Longitude-104.52

Roswell Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationROSWELL AP
Distance6.5 miles
Jan Temp24 to 56 F
Apr Temp43 to 78 F
Jul Temp67 to 95 F
Oct Temp46 to 77 F
Annual Precip13.3 inches
StationRAMON 8 SW
Distance59.1 miles
Jan Temp22 to 51 F
Apr Temp36 to 70 F
Jul Temp59 to 89 F
Oct Temp40 to 71 F
Annual Precip13.9 inches
StationMALJAMAR 4 SE
Distance62.2 miles
Jan Temp25 to 56 F
Apr Temp43 to 78 F
Jul Temp64 to 96 F
Oct Temp46 to 77 F
Annual Precip16 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Dexter1,254$43,194
Hagerman999$31,731

Roswell Public Libraries

Roswell Public Library
301 N. PENNSYLVANIA AVE
Roswell, New Mexico
(575) 622-7101

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Roswell Hospitals

Lovelace Regional Hospital - Roswell
(Proprietary)
117 East 19th Street
(575) 627-7000
New Mexico Rehabilitation Center
(Government - State)
72 Gail Harris St
(575) 347-3400
Eastern New Mexico Medical Center
(Proprietary)
405 West Country Club Road
(575) 622-8170

Roswell Public Schools

Berrendo Elementary
505 West Pine Lodge Rd
ZIP: 88201
(505) 627-2511
Primary
Total Enrollment 400
Berrendo Middle
485 Calle Don Tomas
ZIP: 88201
(505) 627-2511
Middle
Total Enrollment 625
Del Norte Elementary
2701 North Garden Ave
ZIP: 88201
(505) 627-2511
Primary
Total Enrollment 579
Goddard High
701 East Country Club
ZIP: 88201
(505) 627-2511
High
Total Enrollment 1180
Military Hgts Elementary
1900 North Michigan
ZIP: 88201
(505) 627-2511
Primary
Total Enrollment 477
Nm Military Institute
101 West College Blv
ZIP: 88201
(505) 627-2511
High
Roswell High
500 West Hobbs St
ZIP: 88201
(505) 627-2511
High
Total Enrollment 1372
Valley View Elementary
1400 South Washington
ZIP: 88201
(505) 527-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 433
Washington Ave Elementary
408 North Washington Ave
ZIP: 88201
(505) 627-2511
Primary
Total Enrollment 469
E Grand Plains Elementary
3773 East Grand Plains
ZIP: 88203
(505) 627-2511
Primary
Total Enrollment 304
El Capitan Elementary
2807 West Bland St
ZIP: 88203
(505) 627-2511
Primary
Total Enrollment 429
Mesa Middle
1601 East Bland St
ZIP: 88203
(505) 627-2511
Middle
Total Enrollment 449
Missouri Ave Elementary
700 South Missouri Ave
ZIP: 88203
(505) 627-2511
Primary
Total Enrollment 456
Monterrey Elementary
910 West Gayle St
ZIP: 88203
(505) 627-2511
Primary
Total Enrollment 523
Mountain View Middle
312 East Mtn View Rd
ZIP: 88203
(505) 627-2511
Middle
Total Enrollment 504
Nancy Lopez Elementary
1208 East Bland St
ZIP: 88203
(505) 627-2511
Primary
Total Enrollment 266
Parkview Early Literacy Center
1700 West Alameda St
ZIP: 88203
(505) 627-2511
Primary
Total Enrollment 252
Pecos Elementary
600 East Hobbs St
ZIP: 88203
(505) 627-2511
Primary
Total Enrollment 428
Sidney Gutierrez Middle
712 North Lea Ave
ZIP: 88203
(505) 627-2511
Middle
Total Enrollment 64
Sierra Middle
615 South Sycamore Ave
ZIP: 88203
(505) 627-2511
Middle
Total Enrollment 632
Sunset Elementary
25 Martin St
ZIP: 88203
(505) 627-2511
Primary
Total Enrollment 360
University High
606 West O'conner Rd
ZIP: 88203
(505) 627-2511
High
Total Enrollment 172
Valley View Elementary
915 East California Ave
ZIP: 88203
(575) 527-9586
Primary
Total Enrollment 495

Roswell Private Schools

All Saints Catholic School
2700 N Kentucky Ave
ZIP: 88201
Elementary
Total Enrollment 62
Gateway Christian School
1900 N Sycamore
ZIP: 88201
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 219
Generations Of Learning - North
2601 W Berrendo Rd
ZIP: 88201
Elementary
Total Enrollment 14
Noah's Ark Christian Preschool & Kindergarten
501 N Sycamore
ZIP: 88201
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
Valley Christian Academy
2803 W 4th St
ZIP: 88201
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 131
Lighthouse Academy
602 S Mississippi Ave
ZIP: 88203
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 13
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