Hatch, New Mexico

Chile sign in Hatch, New Mexico

In 1851 the first settlement in the area was named Santa Barbara. Because of incessant problems with the local Apaches the settlement was shortly abandoned. Then Fort Thorn was established nearby in 1853 and settlers returned. They were okay until Fort Thorn was closed in 1860 and the Apaches came back. The town wasn't reoccupied again until 1875 and that was when the name Hatch came about, in honor of Edward Hatch, then Commander of the New Mexico Military District.

Hatch has never grown very large but it has a big name because of the high quality of the red and green chiles grown there... The town has an internationally renowned Chile Festival every year on Labor Day Weekend and has seen visitation numbers in excess of 30,000 for the event. The area around Hatch also grows cotton, onions and corn, all fed with well water and irrigation water from the Rio Grande and from Caballo Reservoir (20 miles to the north).

Hatch is also the site of a proposed visitor's center for the nearby Spaceport America, a privately-constructed spaceport built by the New Mexico Spaceport Authority.

Fast Facts about Hatch, New Mexico
Hatch, Dona Ana County, NM 87937
Latitude: 32.664919°N
Longitude: 107.158668°W
Elevation: 4,058 '

High School or Higher: 45.5%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 9.8%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 4.3%
Cost of Living Index for Hatch: 85.5

2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $28,800
Median Home Value: $85,100
Median Resident Age: 28.3 Years
Major Industries:
Educational Services, Agriculture, Government, Retail Trade, Construction, Manufacturing, Wholesale Trade
Unemployed (August 2014): 6.5%
Population Demographics: 2010
Total Population 1,648
Males 865
Females 783
Population by Age
Under 18 574
18 & over 1,074
20-24 132
25-34 167
35-49 279
50-64 266
65 & over 168
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino 1,437
Non Hispanic or Latino 211
Population by Race
White 1,122
African-American 2
Asian 7
Native American 17
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0
Other 468
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