Santa Teresa, New Mexico

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Santa Teresa, New Mexico
Main Street in Santa Teresa
Main Street in Santa Teresa
Location within Dona Ana County and New Mexico
Location within Dona Ana County and New Mexico
Santa Teresa, New Mexico is located in the United States
Santa Teresa, New Mexico
Santa Teresa, New Mexico
Location within United States
Coordinates: 31°51′12″N 106°38′29″W / 31.85333°N 106.64139°W / 31.85333; -106.64139Coordinates: 31°51′12″N 106°38′29″W / 31.85333°N 106.64139°W / 31.85333; -106.64139
CountryUnited States
StateNew Mexico
CountyDona Ana
 • Total11.0 sq mi (28.4 km2)
 • Land11.0 sq mi (28.4 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
3,793 ft (1,156 m)
 • Total4,258
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP codes
88008, 88063
Area code(s)575
FIPS code35-70700
GNIS feature ID0933190

Santa Teresa is an unincorporated community in Dona Ana County, New Mexico, United States. It is home to the Santa Teresa Port of Entry and is part of the Las Cruces Metropolitan Statistical Area, although geographically it is considerably closer to El Paso, Texas than to Las Cruces. For statistical purposes, the United States Census Bureau has defined Santa Teresa as a census-designated place (CDP). The census definition of the area may not precisely correspond to local understanding of the area with the same name. The population was 4,258 at the 2010 census.[1]


Residents filed a petition in 2015 seeking the incorporation of Santa Teresa as a city.[2] The case has been appealed to the New Mexico Supreme Court by Sunland Park as they have proposed annexing the community.[3]

The Santa Teresa Port of Entry appeared in the Better Call Saul episode "Fifi."[4]


Santa Teresa is located at 31°51′12″N 106°38′29″W / 31.85333°N 106.64139°W / 31.85333; -106.64139 (31.853273, -106.641302).[5] According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 10.9 square miles (28 km2), all land.


As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 2,607 people, 952 households, and 755 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 238.0 people per square mile (91.9/km2). There were 1,007 housing units at an average density of 91.9 per square mile (35.5/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 82.09% White, 1.19% African American, 0.65% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.23% Pacific Islander, 13.04% from other races, and 2.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 55.58% of the population.

There were 952 households, out of which 40.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.0% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.6% were non-families. 17.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 27.8% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 31.8% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $61,500, and the median income for a family was $66,833. Males had a median income of $43,500 versus $30,326 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $24,561. About 2.2% of families and 1.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.7% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.


The Gadsden Independent School District operates public schools, including

  • Santa Teresa High School
  • Santa Teresa Middle School
  • Santa Teresa Elementary School


Water is supplied by the Camino Real Regional Utility Authority.[7]


  1. ^ United States Census
  2. ^ Price, Crystal (2015-01-29). "Santa Teresa residents file incorporation petition with Dona Ana County clerk". KFOX. Retrieved 2019-09-27.
  3. ^ D'Ammassa, Algernon (September 25, 2019). "Doña Ana County kicks Santa Teresa annexation petition back to Sunland Park". Las Cruces Sun-News. Retrieved 2019-09-27.
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  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ Gordon, Michael (2019-10-10). "Sunland Park, Santa Teresa residents surprised & angered over water bill increase". KVIA. Retrieved 2019-10-10.

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