Deming, New Mexico

Sunset in Deming, New Mexico
Sunset in Deming

Deming was incorporated in 1902 but had been founded in 1881 at the site of the "Silver Spike:" the meeting point of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad with the Southern Pacific Railroad, completing the second transcontinental railroad in America. One of the principals in the venture was Charles Crocker and Deming was named in honor of his wife, Mary Ann Deming Crocker.

Prior to the arrival of the Europeans, this area had been home to members of the Native American Mimbres and Casas Grandes cultures for thousands of years. The countryside used to be littered with native pottery artifacts, beads, stone carvings and implements, etc., but a hundred years of European presence has seen much of that antique material removed into private collections, in spite of federal and state laws against the practice.

Deming is in a location in the northern Chihuahuan Desert about halfway between Lordsburg and Las Cruces. Because of that location, in the Deming industrial park the US Border Patrol has built a new agent training center as part of a 10-acre forward operating base named Border Wolf, an integral part of the Department of Homeland Security operations along the Mexican border (which is 25 miles to the south).

The population of Deming is up about 6% since 2000.

Florida Mountains, south of Deming, New Mexico
The Florida Mountains, southeast of Deming
Fast Facts about Deming, New Mexico
Deming, Luna County, NM 88030, 88031
Latitude: 32.2611°N
Longitude: 107.7559°W
Founded: 1881
Elevation: 4,335'

High School or Higher: 57.6%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 9.7%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 4.0%
Cost of Living Index for Deming: 82.5

2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $25,565
Median Home Value: $88,520
Median Resident Age: 34.9 Years
Major Industries:
Lodging & Food Services, Construction, Educational Services, Government, Health Care, Social Services, Retail Services, Finance & Insurance Services
Unemployed (August 2014): 13.1%
Population Demographics: 2010
Total Population 14,855
Males 7,309
Females 7,546
Population by Age
Under 18 4,107
18 & over 10,748
20-24 985
25-34 1,709
35-49 2,409
50-64 2,428
65 & over 2,741
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino 10,190
Non Hispanic or Latino 4,665
Population by Race
White 11,383
African-American 230
Asian 85
Native American 197
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 17
Other 2,550
Two or more 393