Moriarty, New Mexico

  • The Moriarty Chamber of Commerce
  • In downtown Moriarty
  • Moriarty revolves around Route 66
  • Moriarty Civic Center, History Museum and Public Library

Moriarty is located along Interstate 40, about 45 minutes east of Albuquerque where State Route 41 crosses the highway north-south (SR 41 goes north to Galisteo and the Eldorado area east of Santa Fe, and goes south through Estancia to US 60 near Willard). This is big dry bean (pinto), corn and pumpkin farming and cattle ranching country on the high plains.

Moriarty grew up on Route 66 (the Mother Road, now Historic Route 66) and now, on reaching "adulthood," the Downs at Albuquerque is supposedly relocating to Moriarty, offering to bring one of New Mexico's new "racinos" to town. (2014: Hasn't happened yet)

The first settlers in this area were Michael Timothy Moriarty, his wife and their 3 children, in 1887. There wasn't much here in those days, just lots of cattle ranching land available for homesteaders. 16 years later, the post office was established with Michael Moriarty as the first postmaster. The mail arrived on horseback at first but the Santa Fe Central Railroad arrived later that same year. With the coming of the railroad came a flood of new homesteaders from Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas. Businesses sprang up and Moriarty boomed until a fire in the mid-1920's destroyed most of the wooden structures in town.

1926 saw the establishment of Route 66 but that first version turned north just west of Santa Rosa and headed for Santa Fe. The 1937 re-alignment of Route 66 brought the highway through Moriarty but by that time, the area had been somewhat decimated by the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. In the 1960's Interstate 40 was built and by the early 1970's, there were 2 interchanges for Moriarty. About the same time, the railroad tracks were pulled up and hauled away for scrap.

These days, Moriarty still serves the needs of the farmers and ranchers for miles around but also serves visitors brought in by the highways. The population of Moriarty is up more than 8% since 2000.

Fast Facts about Moriarty, New Mexico
Moriarty, Torrance County, NM 87035
Latitude: 34.9998°N
Longitude: 106.0467°W
Incorporated: 1953
Elevation: 6,220'

High School or Higher: 76.0%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 11.2%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 3.2%
Median Resident Age: 32.0 Years
Cost of Living Index for Moriarty: 87.3

2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $29,200
Median Home Value: $100,300
Major Industries:
Construction, Educational Services, Government, Truck Transportation, Lodging & Food Services, Social Services, Waste Management Services, Professional Services, Repair & Maintenance, Finance & Insurance Services, Health Care
Unemployed (August 2014): 7.2%
Population Demographics: 2010
Total Population 1,910
Males 918
Females 992
Population by Age
Under 18 569
18 & over 1,341
20-24 116
25-34 207
35-49 351
50-64 373
65 & over 248
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino 834
Non Hispanic or Latino 1,076
Population by Race
White 1,305
African-American 33
Asian 15
Native American 56
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0
Other 418
Two or more 83