Edgewood, New Mexico

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Edgewood, New Mexico
Town
Edgewood Community Library
Edgewood Community Library
Motto: "Where the Mountains Meet the Plains"
Location of Edgewood, New Mexico
Location of Edgewood, New Mexico
Coordinates: 35°4′4″N 106°11′29″W / 35.06778°N 106.19139°W / 35.06778; -106.19139Coordinates: 35°4′4″N 106°11′29″W / 35.06778°N 106.19139°W / 35.06778; -106.19139
Country United States
State New Mexico
County Santa Fe
Area
 • Total 48.71 sq mi (126.17 km2)
 • Land 48.70 sq mi (126.14 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
Elevation 6,700 ft (2,000 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,735
 • Density 77/sq mi (29.6/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 87015
Area code(s) 505
FIPS code 35-22380
Website www.edgewood-nm.gov

Edgewood is a town in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, United States, and is currently the fastest growing place in the state of New Mexico. Through annexations, its town boundaries now extend into Bernalillo and Torrance counties. It is part of the Santa Fe, New Mexico Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Although in Santa Fe County, Edgewood lies closer to Albuquerque and in recent years has become a popular bedroom community for commuters. The town's population grew 97% between 2000 and 2010, from 1,893 to 3,735.[1] Edgewood boasts a median household income of over $50,000 per year, a high number compared to the state averages.

The town continues to experience rapid growth and has multiple master planned communities in the planning stages. As a result of the high household income, rapid population growth, and close proximity to Interstate 40, Edgewood is now becoming attractive to developers and retailers. Recent examples include Smith's Food and Drug, Walgreens, AutoZone, Family Dollar, a Ford dealership, with the most prominent example being the recent opening of a new Walmart SuperCenter. National restaurants include two McDonald's locations, Subway, Sonic Drive-In, and Domino's Pizza. It was also recently learned that Denny's is scouting possible locations in Edgewood. It is thought that Denny's will open an Edgewood location in late 2014 or early 2015.[2]

History[edit]

Homesteaders moving into the American West created the initial settlements that grew into what is now the town of Edgewood.[3] Taking advantage of the federal Homestead Acts, pioneer families obtained land claims and began farming and ranching in the Edgewood area during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.[4]

Edgewood was founded by a group of southern Santa Fe County residents and landowners. After the incorporation of the town in 1999, large areas of land were annexed. Efforts by the town government to avoid annexing properties whose owners did not wish to be brought within the town boundaries resulted in a checkerboard pattern of incorporated and unincorporated properties, one of the issues to be resolved in the town's Comprehensive Plan.[5] One controversial annexation greatly enlarged the municipal boundaries and was the source of vigorous public debate. Despite two appeals and one lawsuit, the annexation was upheld.[6][7][8][9]

Plans to bring a Walmart to the community were opposed by some residents, and opposition included two lawsuits by Edgewood residents (one lawsuit alleged violations of the New Mexico Open Meetings Act). Both suits were dismissed.[10] In 2007, the Walmart was awarded a liquor license prior to its opening in March 2008.[11][12]

Geography[edit]

Edgewood is located at 35°4′4″N 106°11′29″W / 35.06778°N 106.19139°W / 35.06778; -106.19139 (35.067690, -106.191463),[13] 33 miles (53 km) east of Albuquerque along Interstate Highway 40.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 48.7 square miles (126.2 km2), all of it land except for 0.015 square miles (0.04 km2) of water area, covering 0.03% of the town.[1] It is located within the Estancia Valley, east of the Sandia Mountains and Manzano Mountains of central New Mexico. Most of the land cover in the area is woodland or grassland. The town's commercial district lies along New Mexico Highway 66 (part of the original, pre-1937 U.S. Route 66) and Highway 344. The town is 15 miles (24 km) east of the community of Sandia Park and the east base of the Sandia Mountains.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[14] of 2000, there were 1,893 people, 676 households, and 529 families residing in the town. The population density was 217.2 people per square mile (83.9/km2). There were 755 housing units at an average density of 86.6 per square mile (33.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 86.53% White, 0.32% African American, 2.17% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 8.24% from other races, and 2.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 20.34% of the population.

There were 676 households out of which 44.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.9% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.6% were non-families. 18.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the town the population was spread out with 32.9% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 6.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $42,500, and the median income for a family was $45,952. Males had a median income of $33,365 versus $24,135 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,146. About 8.4% of families and 10.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.1% of those under age 18 and 11.8% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

Edgewood is governed by a mayor-council system. The mayor is Brad Hill, and the members of the town council are John Abrams, Charles "Chuck" Ring, Rita-Loy Simmons, and Sherry Abrahams.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Edgewood town, New Mexico". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ New Mexico Places Population Growth 2000-2010
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  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ http://www.mvtelegraph.com/mountain/579654mtnview07-19-07.htm www.mvtelegraph.com
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  7. ^ http://www.mvtelegraph.com/605527mtvnews02-21-02.htm www.mvtelegraph.com
  8. ^ http://www.mvtelegraph.com/651325mtvnews04-11-02.htm www.mvtelegraph.com
  9. ^ http://www.mvtelegraph.com/657409mtvnews04-18-02.htm www.mvtelegraph.com
  10. ^ http://www.mvtelegraph.com/440431mtnview03-09-06.htm www.mvtelegraph.com
  11. ^ http://www.mvtelegraph.com/mountain/588619mtnview08-23-07.htm www.mvtelegraph.com
  12. ^ "Wal-Mart On Its Way to Edgewood" Stacey Boyne, Mountain View Telegraph December 15, 2005. [4]
  13. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  14. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  15. ^ Town Council, Edgewood. Accessed 2010-03-04.

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