South Valley, New Mexico

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South Valley, New Mexico
Census-designated place
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Location of South Valley, New Mexico
Location of South Valley, New Mexico
Coordinates: 35°1′20″N 106°41′3″W / 35.02222°N 106.68417°W / 35.02222; -106.68417Coordinates: 35°1′20″N 106°41′3″W / 35.02222°N 106.68417°W / 35.02222; -106.68417
Country United States
State New Mexico
County Bernalillo
 • Total 30.1 sq mi (77.9 km2)
 • Land 28.8 sq mi (74.6 km2)
 • Water 1.3 sq mi (3.3 km2)
Elevation 4,925 ft (1,501 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 40,976
 • Density 1,423/sq mi (549.3/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
Area code(s) 505
FIPS code 35-74520
GNIS feature ID 1867390
Most populous Unincorporated New Mexico CDP

South Valley is a census-designated place (CDP) and town in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 40,976 at the 2010 Census.[1] It is part of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area. The U.S. Postal Service uses "Albuquerque" for all South Valley addresses (ZIP code 87105).

Geography and environment[edit]

South Valley is located in central Bernalillo County at 35°1′20″N 106°41′3″W / 35.02222°N 106.68417°W / 35.02222; -106.68417 (35.022215, -106.684097).[2] It is bordered on the north, east, and half of its west side by the city of Albuquerque. The Rio Grande runs north to south through the center of the CDP.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 30.1 square miles (77.9 km2), of which 28.8 square miles (74.6 km2) is land and 1.3 square miles (3.3 km2), or 4.23%, is water.[1]

Municipal wells San Jose number 3 and San Jose number 6 were decommissioned in 1981 due to contamination with low levels of organic solvents, halocarbons and aromatics. These wells were plugged and abandoned in September 1994. The site remains on the Superfund site list with on-going remedial actions to contain, capture and reduce the concentration of the contaminant plume within the ground water.[3]


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 39,060 people, 12,820 households, and 9,756 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,323.3 people per square mile (510.9/km²). There were 13,722 housing units at an average density of 464.9 per square mile (179.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 57.19% White, 1.14% African American, 2.00% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 34.97% from other races, and 4.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 77.59% of the population.

There were 12,820 households out of which 37.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 17.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.9% were non-families. 18.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.03 and the average family size was 3.44.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 29.8% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 99.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.2 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $30,879, and the median income for a family was $32,833. Males had a median income of $25,560 versus $21,973 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $13,217. About 17.4% of families and 21.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.2% of those under age 18 and 17.9% of those age 65 or over.


Parts of the television series Breaking Bad and In Plain Sight are set in and filmed in the South Valley.


  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): South Valley CDP, New Mexico". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "South Valley. EPA ID# NMD980745558" United States Environmental Protection Agency
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.