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Overview

Introduction to Socorro, New Mexico

Socorro, New Mexico, in Socorro county, is 72 miles S of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Socorro History

Socorro was originally founded by a group of Spanish settlers in 1598. The town got its name from the Spanish version of the word "help," as the Piro Indians had helped the Spanish settlers as they arrived from the desert. Socorro was claimed by Americans in 1846 by Colonel Stephen W. Kearny, during the Mexican-American war. It was officially incorporated as a territory of the United States in 1850.

Socorro and nearby Attractions

  • Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
  • El Camino Real Heritage Center
  • New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources Mineralogical Museum
  • Escondida Lake Park
  • National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Things To Do In Socorro

Socorro has a number of recreational sites close by, including the Box Canyon and the San Lorenzo Canyon, which are popular for hiking, mountain biking and climbing. The San Miguel Mission and the El Camino Heritage Center provide visitors with an insight into the town’s history. Local festivals include the Festival of the Cranes, the San Miguel Fiesta and the Socorro County Fair. One can also visit the Cibola National Forest and the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge to see some rare migratory birds.

Socorro Transportation

Albuquerque International is the nearest major airport.

Socorro Higher Education

The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology is the local institute of higher education. Other nearby institutes include the University of New Mexico, the Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute and the University of Phoenix-Albuquerque Campus.

Demographics

People

Total Population8,760
Male Share of the Population49.2%
Female Share of the Population50.8%
Senior Citizens14.3%
Employed Population 16+2,970
Age of the Population31

Families

% of people married22%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher21.4%
Median Earnings25+$24,797
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,643
Median Earnings With High School Degree$19,737

Wealth

Median Family Income$37,692
% Above Poverty Level71.4%
% Below Poverty Level28.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time13 minutes
% Working from Home1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work11.2%
% Using Public Transportation0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone44.7%
Median Gross Rent$603
Median House Value$114,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)68%
German7.9%
English5.2%
Irish3.3%
Italian2.9%
French Except Basque2.2%
Dutch1.4%
Polish1.4%
Scottish1%
Arab0.7%
Swedish0.6%
Russian0.6%
Welsh0.5%
Iranian0.4%
Syrian0.4%
Norwegian0.4%
Danishn0.3%
Czech0.3%
Canadian0.2%
Egyptian0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Kenyan0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
African0.1%
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Socorro Almanac

CategoryValue
County Socorro County
Standard Zip Codes87801
Phone Area Codes575
Time ZoneAmerica/Denver
Approximate Latitude34.05
Approximate Longitude-106.9

Socorro Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationSOCORRO
Distance1.8 miles
Jan Temp21 to 53 F
Apr Temp38 to 76 F
Jul Temp60 to 94 F
Oct Temp39 to 75 F
Annual Precip10.2 inches
StationMAGDALENA
Distance20 miles
Jan Temp21 to 49 F
Apr Temp35 to 68 F
Jul Temp57 to 87 F
Oct Temp39 to 70 F
Annual Precip12.6 inches
StationCARRIZOZO 1 SW
Distance64.1 miles
Jan Temp22 to 52 F
Apr Temp37 to 73 F
Jul Temp59 to 91 F
Oct Temp39 to 73 F
Annual Precip13.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Magdalena682$33,438

Socorro Public Libraries

Socorro Public Library
401 PARK STREET
Socorro, New Mexico
(575) 835-1114

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Socorro Hospitals

Socorro General Hospital
(Non-profit)
1202 United States Highway 60
(505) 835-1140

Socorro Public Schools

Cottonwood Valley Charter
201 Neel St
ZIP: 87801
(575) 838-2026
Primary
Total Enrollment 169
Parkview Elementary
107 Franciso De Avad
ZIP: 87801
(505) 835-0300
Primary
Total Enrollment 491
R. Sarracino Middle
1425 El Camino Real
ZIP: 87801
(505) 835-0300
Middle
Total Enrollment 335
Socorro High
1200 Michigan St
ZIP: 87801
(505) 835-0300
High
Total Enrollment 478
Zimmerly Elementary
511 El Camino Real
ZIP: 87801
(505) 835-0300
Middle
Total Enrollment 238
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