Rio Communities, New Mexico

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Rio Communities, New Mexico
Location of Rio Communities, New Mexico
Location of Rio Communities, New Mexico
Coordinates: 34°38′31″N 106°43′37″W / 34.64194°N 106.72694°W / 34.64194; -106.72694Coordinates: 34°38′31″N 106°43′37″W / 34.64194°N 106.72694°W / 34.64194; -106.72694
Country United States
State New Mexico
County Valencia
 • Mayor Mark P. Gwinn
 • Council Member Vacant
 • Council Member Mary Lee Serna
 • Council Member Cyndi M. Sluder
 • Council Member Frank Stasi
 • Total 6.1 sq mi (15.9 km2)
 • Land 6.1 sq mi (15.9 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Population (2000)
 • Total 4,213
 • Density 686.1/sq mi (264.9/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
Area code(s) 505
FIPS code 35-63145

Rio Communities is a city in Valencia County, New Mexico, United States. Prior to its incorporation on May 16, 2013, it was a census-designated place(CDP). The CDP population was 4,213 as of the 2000 census.


Rio Communities is located at 34°38′31″N 106°43′37″W / 34.64194°N 106.72694°W / 34.64194; -106.72694 (34.641895, -106.727021).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.1 square miles (16 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,213 people, 1,762 households, and 1,235 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 686.1 people per square mile (264.9/km²). There were 1,910 housing units at an average density of 311.0 per square mile (120.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 79.87% White, 3.13% African American, 1.28% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 11.30% from other races, and 3.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 37.05% of the population.

There were 1,762 households out of which 25.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.2% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 23.2% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 21.8% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 25.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 88.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.6 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $33,125, and the median income for a family was $39,205. Males had a median income of $29,755 versus $26,985 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $18,260. About 5.3% of families and 7.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.1% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.


Businesses in Rio Communities include the three busiest gas stations, (Allsup's and Al's Mini Mart), in Valencia County (due to traffic on NM Highway 47). The 18-hole Tierra del Sol Golf Course is popular with golfers from Albuquerque and out of state. Dollar General located a store in Rio Communities in 2012.


The City Government is elected for four year terms with the Mayor, two Councilors, and the Municipal Judge off cycle by two years from the remaining two Councilors. The last Mayoral election was held in March 2014. Due to a resignation by a councillor in August 2014, a vacancy currently exists. City Hall is located at 303 Rio Communities Blvd, in Rio Communities and the principle contact number is 505-861-6803. The City Council meets twice monthly on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm at the Del Rio Community Center.


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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