Ruidoso, New Mexico
Ruidoso is basically a mountain resort town in the valley between the Sierra Blanca and Sacramento Mountains. The nearby Mescalero Apache Reservation extends into parts of Ruidoso and the tribe owns significant assets in the town. Among those assets: Inn of the Mountain Gods with a hotel, golf course and casino. The town has become the third-fastest growing city in New Mexico and has an on-going problem with providing enough potable water to fuel the growth.
I was in the area during the pass-over of the remnants of Hurricane Dolly on July 26-27, 2008 and Ruidoso suffered major flash flooding while as much as nine inches of rain fell on the area. I stayed to the north and west and didn't go into town - hence none of my own photos of Ruidoso yet.
The population of Ruidoso is up a bit more than 4% since 2000.
High School or Higher: 88.5%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 28.2%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 11.7%
Cost of Living Index for Ruidoso: 86.3
Estimated Median Household Income: $44,700
Estimated Median Home Value: $178,600
Median Resident Age: 49.6 Years
Construction, Lodging & Food Services, Government, Health Care, Recreation & Entertainment, Professional Services, Retail Trade, Real Estate Services, Social Services
Unemployed (August 2014): 4.6%
|Population by Age|
|18 & over||6,566|
|65 & over||1,905|
|Population by Ethnicity|
|Hispanic or Latino||2,176|
|Non Hispanic or Latino||5,853|
|Population by Race|
|Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||3|
|Two or more||191|
Photo of Ruidoso Village offices courtesy of Wikipedia userid AllenS