Des Moines, New Mexico

  • Main Street in Des Moines
  • In the Des Moines business district
  • The Des Moines Post Office and a view to the south
  • Southwest Traders in Des Moines
  • More of the Des Moines business district

Des Moines is a small village on the eastern plains of New Mexico. Just southwest of town is Sierra Grande, the largest shield volcano in the Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field. The area is characterized by large cattle ranches, although there is an on-again-off-again pummice mining operation somewhere in the area. Des Moines is located on US Highway 64, the main route between the Texas Panhandle and Raton, New Mexico.

The population of Des Moines is down almost 20% since 2000.

Fast Facts about Des Moines, New Mexico

Des Moines, Union County, NM 88418
Latitude: 36.7602°N
Longitude: 103.8353°W
Elevation: 6,647'

High School or Higher: 79.0%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 25.7%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 12.6%
Cost of Living Index for Des Moines: 84.9

2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $41,520
Median Home Value: $45,980
Median Resident Age: 37.8 Years
Major Industries:
Educational Services, Construction, Agriculture, Social Services, Rail Transportation, Lodging & Food Services, Transportation Services, Finance & Insurance Services
Unemployed (August 2014): 3.9%

Population Demographics: 2010

Total Population 143
Males 65
Females 78
Population by Age
Under 18 30
18 & over 113
25-34 315
35-49 25
50-64 37
65 & over 31
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino 44
Non Hispanic or Latino 99
Population by Race
White 126
African-American 0
Asian 0
Native American 2
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0
Other 10
Two or more 5
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