Elephant Butte, New Mexico
The town of Elephant Butte was originally built to house construction workers when Elephant Butte Dam was being built. The project was huge for its time (1912-16) and many of the settlements built to house workers are now under the waters of the reservoir. At times of low water, the foundations of some protrude above the water's surface. New Mexico State Parks is looking into the idea of designating sections of the lake as "scuba parks" and highlighting some of those now-drowned areas.
The town has survived (and grown) since that project was completed, although now the area is promoted mainly as a retirement community. Nearby is Elephant Butte Lake State Park, largest state park in New Mexico.
The population of Elephant Butte is up a bit more than 3% since 2000.
High School or Higher: 86.2%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 16.8%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 8.2%
Median Resident Age: 57.6 Years
Cost of Living Index for Elephant Butte: 86.7
Median Household Income: $32,600
Median Home Value: $136,200
Construction, Educational Services, Health Care, Lodging & Food Services, Repair & Maintenance, Automotive Services, Retail Services, Professional Services, Waste Management Services, Finance & Insurance Services
Unemployed (August 2014): 5.3%
|Population by Age|
|18 & over||1,307|
|65 & over||615|
|Population by Ethnicity|
|Hispanic or Latino||194|
|Non Hispanic or Latino||1,237|
|Population by Race|
|Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||0|
|Two or more||46|