Hope, New Mexico

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Hope, New Mexico
Location of Hope, New Mexico
Location of Hope, New Mexico
Hope, New Mexico is located in the US
Hope, New Mexico
Hope, New Mexico
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 32°48′43″N 104°44′1″W / 32.81194°N 104.73361°W / 32.81194; -104.73361Coordinates: 32°48′43″N 104°44′1″W / 32.81194°N 104.73361°W / 32.81194; -104.73361
CountryUnited States
StateNew Mexico
 • Total1.22 sq mi (3.17 km2)
 • Land1.22 sq mi (3.17 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation4,085 ft (1,245 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total105
 • Estimate (2016)[1]107
 • Density86/sq mi (33/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code88250
Area code(s)575
FIPS code35-33290
GNIS feature ID0897381

Hope is a village in Eddy County, in southern New Mexico, United States. It is about 20 miles (32 km) west of Artesia on U.S. Route 82. It has had a post office since 1890.[2] As of the 2010 census, the village's population was 105.[3]


Hope is located in northwestern Eddy County at 32°48′43″N 104°44′01″W / 32.811916°N 104.733565°W / 32.811916; -104.733565.[4] US 82 passes through the center of the village, leading east 20 miles (32 km) to Artesia and west 90 miles (140 km) over the Sacramento Mountains to Alamogordo.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.22 square miles (3.17 km2), all of it consisting of land.[3]


Founded in 1884 as "Badgerville", the name was changed in 1890 for post office purposes.[2]

The town was featured in Life magazine on May 29, 1950, with an account of the newly elected Petticoat City Government under Mayor Ethel Altman.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2016107[1]1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 107 people, 45 households, and 27 families residing in the village. The population density was 92.3 people per square mile (35.6/km2). There were 58 housing units at an average density of 50.0 per square mile (19.3/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 77.57% White, 0.93% African American, 4.67% from other races, and 16.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.82% of the population.

There were 45 households out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.0% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 26.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the village, the population was spread out with 25.2% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 22.4% from 25 to 44, 18.7% from 45 to 64, and 27.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 109.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $17,639, and the median income for a family was $28,750. Males had a median income of $19,583 versus $43,750 for females. The per capita income for the village was $12,867. There were 10.7% of families and 20.2% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 7.9% of those over 64.

In literature[edit]

In the novel World War Z, the town is the site of the United States Army's first offensive battle against the zombie menace.


  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Julyan, Robert (1998), "Hope". Place Names of New Mexico (2nd edition), University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, New Mexico, page 169, ISBN 0-8263-1689-1
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Hope village, New Mexico". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ LIFE. Time Inc. ISSN 0024-3019. Retrieved 2014-12-06.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.