South Valley, New Mexico

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South Valley, New Mexico
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Location of South Valley, New Mexico
Location of South Valley, New Mexico
South Valley, New Mexico is located in the United States
South Valley, New Mexico
South Valley, New Mexico
Location in the United States
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
CountryUnited States
StateNew Mexico
 • Total30.30 sq mi (78.47 km2)
 • Land29.02 sq mi (75.16 km2)
 • Water1.28 sq mi (3.31 km2)
4,925 ft (1,501 m)
 • Total38,338
 • Density1,321.13/sq mi (510.09/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
Area code505
FIPS code35-74520
GNIS feature ID1867390
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.[3] 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]

Looking Southwest down the Los Padillas Drain. The South Valley is home to many such irrigation ditches.

South Valley is located in central Bernalillo County at 35°1′N 106°41′W / 35.017°N 106.683°W / 35.017; -106.683.[4] 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.[3]

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.[5]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[6][2]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 40,976 people, 13,802 households, and 10,087 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,362.2 people per square mile (523.7/km2). There were 14,784 housing units at an average density of 491.2 per square mile (189.8/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 59.5% White, 1.2% African American, 2.2% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 32.7% from other races, and 4.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 80.2% of the population.

There were 13,802 households, out of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.1% were married couples living together, 17.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 9.2% were a male householder with no wife present, and 26.9% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.4.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 26.8% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 20 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.5 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.7 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $36,821, 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 $17,045. About 17.4% of families and 25.9% 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.

Incorporation efforts[edit]

Presently, the South Valley is an unincorporated area in Bernalillo County that lies south of the city limits of Albuquerque. In January 2010, a special election was held in the South Valley to decide whether or not the region should incorporate into a city, to be named Valle de Atrisco.[8] Voters in the South Valley overwhelmingly rejected incorporation by a 93 to 7 percent margin during the special election on January 5, 2010. Opponents to incorporation cited the potential costs (and tax burden for residents) for providing for education, public works, police and fire services in the South Valley because Bernalillo County would no longer be providing these services to the community following incorporation.[9]


It is zoned to Albuquerque Public Schools.[10]

Rio Grande High School is in South Valley.[11]

In media[edit]

South Valley has been used as a filming location for the television series Breaking Bad and In Plain Sight.


  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 12, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Census Population API". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Oct 12, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): South Valley CDP, New Mexico". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "South Valley. EPA ID# NMD980745558" United States Environmental Protection Agency
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ Early Turnout High for South Valley Vote: South Valley Residents Prepare For City Vote, KOAT, Jan 5, 2010
  9. ^ Bernalillo County’s South Valley voters reject incorporation,, Jan 5, 2010
  10. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Bernalillo County, NM" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2021-07-20.
  11. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP (INDEX): South Valley CDP, NM" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2021-07-20. - Pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Compare to the address: "2300 Arenal Road SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105"