Virden, New Mexico

The former Virden School
The former Virden School

When first founded, Virden was a mining camp known as Richmond. Silver ore was mined nearby in Ralston and shipped to Richmond for processing in the stamp mill. Then the silver played out, the mine closed and a rancher named Virden bought the townsite. He sold the property to a group of Mormons who migrated north from Chihuahua during the Mexican Revolution in 1916 and they were kind enough to name the town for him.

Virden has seen virtually no growth since that time, and the population figures for Virden include the nearby unincorporated community of Summit. A couple miles further down the Gila River is the town of Duncan, Arizona, another community that has seen virtually no growth since the local mines closed.

Contrary to what I write above, the population of Virden is up more than 5% since 2000. That means maybe 8 new folks have come to town... or perhaps it's residents who left and came back...

Steeple Rock, near the village of Virden
Steeple Rock, near the village of Virden
Fast Facts about Virden, New Mexico
Virden, Hidalgo County, NM 85534
Latitude: 32.6886°N
Longitude: 109.0026°W
Founded: 1880
Elevation: 3,763'

High School or Higher: 70.2%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 2.4%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 1.2%
Cost of Living Index for Virden: 88.2

2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $54,700
Median Home Value: $91,700
Median Resident Age: 31.8 Years
Major Industries:
Oil & Gas Extraction, Government, Construction, Utilities, Finance & Insurance Services, Lodging & Food Services
Unemployed (August 2014): 6.0%
Population Demographics: 2010
Total Population 152
Males 71
Females 81
Population by Age
Under 18 36
18 & over 116
20-24 6
25-34 18
35-49 30
50-64 31
65 & over 27
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino 33
Non Hispanic or Latino 119
Population by Race
White 141
African-American 0
Asian 1
Native American 0
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0
Other 10
Two or more 0