Ruidoso, New Mexico

  • Ruidoso Village Hall
  • In downtown Ruidoso

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.

Fast Facts about Ruidoso, New Mexico
Ruidoso, Lincoln County, NM 88345, 88355
Latitude: 33.543889°N
Longitude: 105.583056°W
Incorporated: 1941
Elevation: 6,348'

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

2014 Estimates:
Estimated Median Household Income: $44,700
Estimated Median Home Value: $178,600
Median Resident Age: 49.6 Years
Major Industries:
Construction, Lodging & Food Services, Government, Health Care, Recreation & Entertainment, Professional Services, Retail Trade, Real Estate Services, Social Services
Unemployed (August 2014): 4.6%
Population Demographics: 2010
Total Population 8,029
Males 3,842
Females 4,187
Population by Age
Under 18 1,463
18 & over 6,566
20-24 364
25-34 723
35-49 1,368
50-64 2,049
65 & over 1,905
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino 2,176
Non Hispanic or Latino 5,853
Population by Race
White 6,898
African-American 32
Asian 46
Native American 241
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 3
Other 618
Two or more 191