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  •   State: 
    New Mexico
    Lincoln County
      County FIPS: 
    33°20′29″N 105°39′58″W
      Area total: 
    16.15 sq mi (41.83 km²)
      Area land: 
    16.13 sq mi (41.78 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.02 sq mi (0.05 km²)
    6,920 ft (2,109 m)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Ruidoso, NM
    Mountain Standard Time (MST) UTC-7:00; Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) UTC-6:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Ruidoso, Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    476.01 residents per square mile of area (183.78/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
      Income taxes: 

Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. The population was 8,029 at the 2010 census. The city of Ruidoso Downs and the unincorporated area of Alto are suburbs of the village. The village received its name from the RioRuidoso (Spanish for "Noisy River"), a small stream that weaves through the city. The town and the river were hit by devastating flash flooding from late at night on July 26, 2008, through July 27, 2008. The remnant circulation of Hurricane Dolly passed over the area and brought as much as 9 inches (229 mm) of rainfall. One person was killed in the flooding, approximately 900 persons required rescue, approximately 500 structures were damaged, and initial damage estimates were in the range of $15 20 million. In March 2016 the village entered into a Sister City relationship with Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico. In December 2006, seven percent of eligible voters approved a $12.6 million bond issue to finance the expansion and modernization of the local wastewater treatment plant which was built in 1982. In 2011, construction was completed on a $36 million wastewater Treatment plant. The plant was designed to accommodate future growth. It can currently process up to 2.7 million gallons per day. The average daily volume is 1.6m gallons. The Mescalero Apache Tribe-owned ski resort on Sierra Blanca, an almost 12,000-foot (3,700 m) mountain, also operates the Inn of the Mountain Gods resort in the area.


Ruidoso was originally known as San Patricio. In 1875, its name was changed in honor of a Catholic priests patron saint. In 2011, construction was completed on a $36 million wastewater treatment plant. In March 2016 the village of Ruidoso entered into a Sister City relationship with Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico. The town and the river were hit by devastating flash flooding from late at night on July 26, 2008, through July 27, 2008. The remnant circulation of Hurricane Dolly passed over the area and brought as much as 9 inches (229 mm) of rainfall. Over 200 structures were destroyed and 2 people were killed by the blaze, fueled by intense dryness and strong winds. The average daily volume is 1.6 million gallons. The plant can currently process up to 2.7 million gallons per day. In April 2022, large parts of Ruiridoso were threatened by the McBride Fire. The fire destroyed over 200 structures and killed 2 people. It is estimated that the damage to the town will be in the range of $15 20 million. It was also the site of the deadliest wildfire in U.S. history, which claimed the lives of two people in the town of 20,000. The city is located in the eastern foothills of White Mountain and is located near the Carrizo Creek and Rio Ruidoso. The name of the town was first used by early Hispanos to describe a noisy creek. Todays Ruidosa grew up around Dowlins Mill.


Ruidoso is in southern Lincoln County, with elevations ranging from 6,400 feet (2,000 m) at the village's southeast corner in the valley of the Rio Ruidoso. U.S. Route 70 passes through the southeast part of the village. The village has a Subtropical highland climate (Cwb) due to its moderate temperature ranges and precipitation throughout the year. Bi-modal precipitation falls as rain during summer monsoon and as winter snow. Snowfall varies highly by the year, with heavy snowfall during the winter months. According to the U.N. World Meteorological Service, the village has an average annual rainfall of 1.2 inches (4.7 millimeters) Ruidosa is located in southern New Mexico. The U.n. World Weather Service has an Average Annual Precipitation of 2.4 inches (6.7mm) in the village, and an average Annual Rainfall of 2,788 millimeters (62.4mm) Ruidsoso is located on New Mexico State Road 48, which leads north 18 miles (29 km) to Capitan and southwest over Apache Summit 33 miles (53km) to Tularosa. It has a total area of 16.1 square miles (41.7 km²), of which 0.02 sq miles (0.05 km²) is water. The Köppen-Geiger climate classification system has it as a "subtropical" climate.


As of the census of 2010, there were 7,868 people, 3,434 households, and 2,232 families residing in the village. The racial makeup of the village was 85.70 percent White, 0.29 percent African American, 2.38 percent Native American,0.31 percent Asian, 7.44 percent from other races and 2.05 percent from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.21 percent of the population. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was2.72. The median income for a household in theVillage was $37,107, and the median family income was $44,846. About 2.5 percent of families and 4.9 percent of residents were below the poverty line, including 24.5% of those under age 18 and 5.8 percent of those age 65 or over. The population was spread out, with 20.5 per cent under the age of 18, 5. 8 percent from 18 to 24, 21.9 per cent from 25 to 44, 30.1 percent from 45 to 64, and 21.6 per cent who were 65 years of age or older. For every 100 females, there are 90.3 males, and for every 100. females age 18 or over there are 87.1 males. The per capita income for the village is $22,721, including $21,974 for females and $24,921 for males.


The Ruidoso Public Library is the library serving the town and surrounding areas. The library has a garden, the Friends Book Shoppe, an outdoor reading patio and available window seats. The ENMU-Ruidoso Branch Community College is a two-year college, or community college, (one of 18 New Mexico branches) The library offers the New Mexico FamilyPass which provides free admission to fifteen museums and historical sites across the state. Some of the programs offered at the library are childrens section, adult game night, teen scene, Ruidosa writers publishing group and a bereavement support group. All public schools in the town operate under the Ruidoso Municipal School District. The school district also operates the White Mountain Elementary School, White Mountain Middle School, and White Mountain High School. The town is home to the Sierra Vista Primary School, Sierra Vista Elementary School and White Mountains Elementary School. It is also home to White Mountain Junior and Senior High School and the White Mountains High School, both of which are located in the community of White Mountain, New Mexico. The community college is the only ENMU branch in New Mexico that is an official Branch of ENMU (this status was granted in July 2005). The town also has its own high school, White Mountains College, which is one of 18 ENMU branches in the U.S. and one of only 18 community colleges in the United States. It also has an e-branch with access to e-books, audio books and magazines.


The Ruidoso Osos were an independent professional baseball team in the Pecos League during the 2011 season. In the 2013 season, the team moved to Raton and were renamed the Raton Osos. The team was on hiatus for the 2012 season because of low attendance. There were no lights on the team's home field, meaning games were played at 4:30 p.m. Additionally, alcohol could not be sold at White Mountain Park because it was owned byRuidoso Municipal Schools. For the 2012 and 2013 seasons, the Osos played in a single league, the Pecos League. The Osos' last game was on June 28, 2012. The game was a 7-1 loss to the Rutgers Roughnecks, the first time the team had lost in six games in a row. The loss was the first in the league's history that the team lost more than one game in a season. The last game of the season was a 3-2 loss to the New York Yankees, the club's first loss in six years. The next two games were against the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants, both of whom lost by a combined score of 6-2. The final game of 2012 was a 6-3 loss against the Los Angeles Reds, the franchise's first defeat in six seasons. The club's last win came on June 25, 2012, when it beat the San Francisco Rams.


Sierra Blanca Regional Airport is located approximately 15 miles (24 km) northeast of Ruidoso. U.S. Route 70 is the main highway through the town. The town is located in the northern part of the state of New Mexico, about 48 miles (70 km) north of the city of Albuquerque. It is located near the town of Sierra Blanca, which is located to the south of the capital of Albuquerque, about 20 miles (32 km) east of the town's central business district. The city's population is approximately 4,000. It has a population of 48,000, making it one of the largest cities in the United States, along with New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. It also has a number of smaller towns and cities, such as Taos, Nuevo Laredo, and Santa Fe, that have a population between 1,000 and 2,000 people. The largest city in the state is Ruidosa, which has about 3,000 residents. The population of the region is about 4,500. It was the site of the first air ambulance service in the country in the early 1900s. The current airport is located about 24 miles (40 km) from the city's center. The airport is the only one in the area with a major airport, located about 15 miles from the town center. It's located in an unincorporated area called Sierra Blanco, which was founded in the late 1800s.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Ruidoso, Lincoln County, New Mexico = 97. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 40. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 39. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Ruidoso = 6.9 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 7,552 individuals with a median age of 48.1 age the population grows by 14.63% in Ruidoso, Lincoln County, New Mexico population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 476.01 residents per square mile of area (183.78/km²). There are average 2.15 people per household in the 4,071 households with an average household income of $43,927 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 5.80% of the available work force and has dropped -3.73% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 26.74%. The number of physicians in Ruidoso per 100,000 population = 147.6.


The annual rainfall in Ruidoso = 21.5 inches and the annual snowfall = 38.8 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 83. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 287. 81 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 18.2 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 78, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Ruidoso, Lincoln County, New Mexico which are owned by the occupant = 34.65%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 24 years with median home cost = $173,050 and home appreciation of -6.45%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $5.62 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,954 per student. There are 19.2 students for each teacher in the school, 385 students for each Librarian and 1925 students for each Counselor. 6.26% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 16.75% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 11.98% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Ruidoso's population in Lincoln County, New Mexico of 10,322 residents in 1930 has dropped 0,73-fold to 7,552 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 52.24% female residents and 47.76% male residents live in Ruidoso, Lincoln County, New Mexico.

    As of 2020 in Ruidoso, Lincoln County, New Mexico are married and the remaining 37.99% are single population.

  • 18.5 minutes is the average time that residents in Ruidoso require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    73.11% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 15.96% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.18% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 5.52% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Ruidoso, Lincoln County, New Mexico, 34.65% are owner-occupied homes, another 11.29% are rented apartments, and the remaining 54.06% are vacant.

  • The 44.87% of the population in Ruidoso, Lincoln County, New Mexico who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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