San Jon, New Mexico

San Jon water tower

San Jon was founded in 1902 along the proposed route of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. Population didn't really start to grow until after the railroad tracks actually arrived in 1904. Then came US Highway 66 and San Jon became an important stop along the way, catering to travelers passing by with numerous, hotels, motels, cafes and gas stations. Then Interstate 40 was built around the town in 1981 and most of San Jon went out of business. Today, there's only one motel left, along with a couple cafes and gas stations clustered around the lone highway exit on the north side of town. Most folks commute to Tucumcari for work. The population is down more than 29% since 2000.

The town is located east of Tucumcari and maybe 15 miles north of the northern escarpment of the Llano Estacado (the Staked Plains). The countryside is classed as semi-arid: sparsely vegetated with creosotebush, mesquite and various species of cactus but it does support a good population of pronghorn antelope and a few cows...

Fast Facts about San Jon, New Mexico
San Jon, Quay County, NM 88411, 88434
Latitude: 35.107614°N
Longitude: 103.330396°W
Founded: 1902
Elevation: 4,032'

High School or Higher: 72.1%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 13.4%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 3.9%
Cost of Living Index for San Jon: 83.3

2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $50,600
Median Home Value: $44,900
Median Resident Age: 45.5 Years
Major Industries:
Government, Educational Services, Utilities, Transportation & Warehousing, Professional Services, Retail Trade, Other Services
Unemployed (August 2014): 6.6%
Population Demographics: 2010
Total Population 216
Males 107
Females 109
Population by Age
Under 18 55
18 & over 161
20-24 7
25-34 16
35-49 38
50-64 63
65 & over 33
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino 67
Non Hispanic or Latino 149
Population by Race
White 181
African-American 1
Asian 6
Native American 10
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0
Other 7
Two or more 11

Mesalands area map

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