Bosque Farms, New Mexico
|Bosque Farms, New Mexico|
|• Total||3.9 sq mi (10.2 km2)|
|• Land||3.9 sq mi (10.2 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||4,865 ft (1,483 m)|
|• Density||1,049.2/sq mi (401.1/km2)|
|Time zone||Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)|
|• Summer (DST)||MDT (UTC-6)|
|ZIP codes||87042, 87068|
|GNIS feature ID||0932919|
What is today Bosque Farms was part of a Spanish land grant dating from 1716, originally known as Bosque del Pino (Forest Pines), or Los Pinos.
The land changed hands numerous times before being purchased during the Great Depression by the New Mexico Rural Rehabilitation Corporation, which in turn sold it to the federal Resettlement Administration in 1935. The RA renamed the land Bosque Farms and turned it into an agricultural resettlement project for Dust Bowl refugees. Traditional farming failed due to poor soil conditions, and the families that stayed turned to dairy farming, which became the community's main agricultural industry through the 1960s.
Bosque Farms was incorporated in 1974. Today, housing and commercial development are its main sources of revenue.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10 km2), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,931 people, 1,422 households, and 1,126 families residing in the village. The population density was 996.2 people per square mile (384.2/km²). There were 1,476 housing units at an average density of 374.0 per square mile (144.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 82.68% White, 0.61% African American, 1.88% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 11.19% from other races, and 3.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 29.53% of the population.
There were 1,422 households out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.5% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.8% were non-families. 16.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the village the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 29.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 98.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.6 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $44,055, and the median income for a family was $49,688. Males had a median income of $40,963 versus $25,726 for females. The per capita income for the village was $20,317. About 4.8% of families and 7.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.4% of those under age 18 and 2.1% of those age 65 or over.
Bosque Farms' public schools are operated by Los Lunas Schools.
- Village History. Village of Bosque Farms web site. Retrieved March 8, 2010.
- Richard Melzer (2009), New Deal Success or "Noble Failure"? Bosque Farms' Early Years as a Federal Resttlement Project, 1935–1939. New Mexico Historical Review, 85(1), 1–37.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.