All About Mountainair, New Mexico
Mountainair sits at 6,520 feet and is located is near the Abo Pass links the Manzano Mountains with the Estancia Valley. Endless vistas provide expansive views of the surrounding mesas and mountains with surrounding the community in all directions. Mountainair is located dead center in the State as it is only nine miles from the geographic center of New Mexico. The topographical vegetation consists mainly of piñon and juniper trees, rolling hills and grassland meadows. Ponderosa pine is found in the higher elevations of the nearby Manzano and Gallinas mountain ranges. Wildlife abounds with pronghorn antelope, deer, elk, bear, wild turkey, coyote and mountain lion with Cibola National Forest access as close as nine and Manzano Mountains State Park nearby as well. Mountainair also serves as the National Parks Service's Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument Visitor Center which includes the Pueblo ruins at Abo, Quarai, and Gran Quivira.
Mountainair proper and its surrounds include an area population of approximately 2500 people. Mountainair’s principal industries include farming and ranching. Local services include grocery, pharmacy, hardware, a family medical clinic, bank, auto repair, motels and the renovated historic hotel. The town of Mountainair also provides police, fire and EMT services with Flight for Life response. More extensive shopping is available in nearby Belen, about 45 minutes away. The nearest airport is in Albuquerque, about 70 miles away.
Mountainair’s temperate climate and relatively low cost of living and low New Mexico State property taxes make this an easy place to live. Like much of the State, Mountainair has had a recent influx of transplants who are all enjoying the affordable land and housing. Tracts of undeveloped land still offer space for privacy, horses and other livestock and local growth provides a potential for good investment return. Mountainair remains a good place to purchase land which will appreciate for years to come.
Town of Mountainair Demographic Information
As of the of 2000 census, there were 1,116 people, 452 households, and 281 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,064.2 people per square mile. There were 545 housing units at an average density of 519.7 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town in 2000 was 61.20% White, 1.79% African American, 1.61% Native American and approximately 30% from other races, and 5.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race was 53.14% of the 2000 population.
Mountainair Household Information
There were 452 households of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.3% were married couples living together, 16.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.8% were what the census calls non-families. 35.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.8% had someone living alone who at least 65 years of age. The average size of household was 2.47 persons and the average family size was 3.22 persons.
Mountainair Population Dynamics
In the town the population was spread out with 29.9% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 20.4% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age is a young 38 years of age. For every 100 females there were 87.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.8 males.
Mountainair New Mexico Income
The median income for a household in the town was $21,146 with a median income for a family was $25,125. Males had a median income of $25,625 versus $21,094 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,566. About 19.3% of families and 24.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.5% of those under age 18 and 15.7% of those who were age 65 or over.