Edgewood, New Mexico
|Edgewood, New Mexico|
Edgewood Community Library
|Motto: "Where the Mountains Meet the Plains"|
Location of Edgewood, New Mexico
|• 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)|
|• Density||77/sq mi (29.6/km2)|
|Time zone||Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)|
|• Summer (DST)||MDT (UTC-6)|
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 Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Although in Santa Fe County, Edgewood is geographically 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. Edgewood boasts a median household income of over $50,000 per year, a high number compared to the state averages.
Homesteaders moving into the American West created the initial settlements that grew into what is now the town of Edgewood. 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.
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. 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. Recent construction projects have brought in a Tractor Supply Co. store, an O'Reilly's auto part store, a Denny's, and ground breaking near the TSC and across from the new Denny's. 
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 48.7 square miles (126.2 km2), all land except for 0.015 square miles (0.04 km2) of water, covering 0.03% of the town. 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.
As of the census 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.
Edgewood is governed by a mayor-council system. The mayor is John Bassett, who defeated the then-incumbent mayor Brad Hill in the April, 2016 election.
Culture and Contemporary Life
The annual Edgewood's Father's Day Car Show
Edgewood's Father's Day Car Show has been an annual tradition for the families of Edgewood on Father's Day for over a decade and has overtime grown to become one of the largest free car shows in the Southwest. The event features a wide variety of cars entered at no cost to the exhibitor, free food, trophy awards, give-aways, and a silent auction. Proceeds from this event benefit the Edgewood Mobile Food Pantry, which has been the case for several years. Due to the event's growth in size over the years, the car show was recently held in the parking lot of the Edgewood Wal-Mart, rather than its original locations, at the Valley View Christian Church of Edgewood. 
After its opening in early 2008, the Wal-Mart of Edgewood quickly became a popular destination for the youth of the Edgewood-Moriarty districts to socialize. The fact that the Supercenter is open 24/7 appeals to the young locals that experience severe boredom in their small hometown. The sheer size of the store and the variety of the items it sells also makes for an entertaining landscape for the youth that take part in numerous playful activities in the establishment, such as riding the tricycles down the aisles, creating a paper towel fort, and trying on wacky outfits.
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