Sunland Park, New Mexico
Sunland Park sits at the junction of New Mexico with Texas and Chihuahua. On the eastern boundary is El Paso, on the southern boundary Ciudad Juarez. Las Cruces is about 30 miles north. The city is named after the Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. The city is also directly across the Rio Grande from Anapra, Chihuahua (a low-income suburb of Ciudad Juarez) but there is no official border crossing. On the boundary of Sunland Park is Mount Cristo Rey with a statue of "Christ the King" (pictured in the photo above) on its summit overlooking the mostly Catholic city.
Local politics in Sunland Park seems particularly corrupt. The March 2012 election put a man in office who was shortly arrested and charged with extortion, bribery and election fraud - he allegedly tried to blackmail another mayoral candidate with a videotape showing him receiving a lap-dance in his campaign office. As the City Manager was also implicated in that, both men went down. Then City Council chose a 24-year-old graduate of New Mexico State University to be mayor only to see the state's Attorney General declare the Council violated the state's Open Meetings Act when they selected the new mayor.
The population of Sunland Park is up about 7% since 2000. Sunland Park is one of the least-educated cities in the United States.
Elevation: 3,789 '
High School or Higher: 35.5%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 2.9%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 0.5%
Cost of Living Index for Sunland Park: 84.3
Median Household Income: $21,800
Median Home Value: $78,500
Median Resident Age: 28.8 Years
Educational Services, Lodging & Food Services, Construction, Retail Trade, Transportation & Warehousing, Waste Management Services
Unemployed (August 2014): 6.5%
|Population by Age|
|18 & over||9,416|
|65 & over||1,248|
|Population by Ethnicity|
|Hispanic or Latino||13,434|
|Non Hispanic or Latino||672|
|Population by Race|
|Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||9|
|Two or more||272|