Madrid, New Mexico
Madrid is just a few miles south of Los Cerrillos. The only reason for a town to be here was the old coal mine but that went out of business years ago. What has kept Madrid alive since then has been the counter-culture hippies and the artists.
Madrid is a nice little town right at the foot of the Ortiz Mountains on the Turquoise Trail Scenic Byway (NM 14). Quite a few of the buildings in town have been refurbed drastically (modernized) but quite a few buildings haven't. It makes for a nice mix. And where most of the architecture for miles around is either Pueblo or Territorial, Madrid could have been transplanted here from Appalachia (something about that utilitarian coal camp architecture).
Back when the coal mine was in operation, the town rooted for the Madrid Miners AA Minor League baseball team who played at the Oscar Huber Ballpark at the edge of town. The Miners won many pennants at that ballpark, the first lighted ballpark west of the Mississippi.
The population of Madrid is up more than 35% since 2000.
The Diner pictured above is right in the middle of town. It's a bit of an anomaly for Madrid. The sign in the window says: "Diner built by Disney for the movie Wild Hogs starring John Travolta, WH Macey, Tim Allen, Ray Liotta, Peter Fonda, & Marisa Tomei." Of course, the place wasn't open for business. So I went back up the street to Java Junction, had an excellent cup of coffee and got to meet some great local folks.
High School or Higher: 100.0%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 50.6%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 38.6%
Median Household Income: $21,900
Median Home Value: $165,730
Median Resident Age: 38.9 Years
Retail Services, Health Care, Arts & Entertainment, Construction
Unemployed (August 2014): 5.0%
Cost of Living Index for Madrid: 90.1
|Population by Age|
|18 & over||189|
|65 & over||20|
|Population by Ethnicity|
|Hispanic or Latino||7|
|Non Hispanic or Latino||197|
|Population by Race|
|Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||0|
|Two or more||6|