Rio Rancho Profile

Demographics

The City of Rio Rancho estimates its 2007 population to be 74,000-76,000. Rio Rancho is the fastest growing city in the State of New Mexico. The University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) reported Rio Rancho’s 2006 population at 72,646 (more than a 39 percent increase from its 2000 estimate of 52,242). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the City of Rio Rancho’s 2000 population was 51,765 (an increase of 59 percent from 1990 figures of 32,505). Rio Rancho’s 2006 U.S Census Bureau population estimate was also 72,646, meaning Rio Rancho grew by 40.3 percent and its population represented over 63 percent of Sandoval County’s population of 113,772. The following tables list: the historic growth of Rio Rancho and Sandoval County; the population growth rate of New Mexico's ten largest cities (listed in alphabetical order).

Historic Population Growth

 

1960

1970

1980

1990

2000

2006

Rio Rancho

N/A

N/A

9,985

32,551

51,765

72,646

Sandoval County

14,201

17,492

34,400

63,319

89,908

113,772

% of Sandoval County

N/A

N/A

29.03%

51.41%

57.58%

63.85%

                                                                                                               Source: U.S Census Bureau


2000 – 2006 Population Growth Rate of NM's 10 Largest Cities  

 City

2000 Population

2006 Population

% Change

2000 - 2006

Alamogordo

35,582

36,069

1.4%

Albuquerque

448,607

504,949

12.6%

Carlsbad

25,625

25,410

-0.8%

Clovis

32,667

33,258

1.8%

Farmington

37,844

43,573

15.1%

Hobbs

28,657

29,292

2.2%

Las Cruces

74,267

86,268

16.2%

Rio Rancho

51,765

72,646

40.3%

Roswell

45,293

45,582

0.6%

Santa Fe

62,203

72,056

15.8%

                 Source: US Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census 

Rio Rancho Population Projections

The City of Rio Rancho estimates that its population will increase by 11,000 residents each year for the next five years. Should that rate be realized, the City’s population will reach almost 125,000 by the year 2010, a 69 percent increase. This increase is being fueled by the City’s affordable housing, quality school system, low crime rate and its strategic location in central New Mexico. The source for Rio Rancho’s population estimates is the 2005 - 2010 Land Use Assumptions for the City of Rio Rancho Impact Fee Study.

Rio Rancho Population Characteristics

Rio Rancho’s male to female ratio is 48.5 to 51.5 percent. The average age is just over 35 years old. Over 91 percent of the residents have earned at least a high school education. The median household income is $47,169. The following table shows the same variables for Sandoval County, the Albuquerque MSA, and State of New Mexico.

Demographic Breakdown

 

Male/Female %

Median Age

High School

Education

Median Income

Albuquerque MSA

49 to 51

34.9

89.0%

$39,088

New Mexico

49.3 to 50.7

35.2

81.5%

$40,629

Rio Rancho

48 to 52

34.4

92.9%

$56,914

Sandoval County

48.7 to 51.3

35.6

89%

$54,747

           Source: US Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, 2006 ACS Estimates

Albuquerque MSA

The Albuquerque MSA is New Mexico's largest metropolitan statistical area. The MSA’s population exceeds 816,811 people and is comprised of Sandoval, Bernalillo, Valencia and Torrance counties. Rio Rancho lay within both Bernalillo and Sandoval counties. The MSA is the 61st largest in the US and grew at 10.5 percent from 2001 to 2006.  The following table highlights the MSA population increase from 2001 to 2006.

MSA Population Estimates
2001 - 2006


 

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Bernalillo

561,881

572,195

581,663

592,538

603,562

615,099

Sandoval

93,420

96,375

99,435

102,725

107,460

113,772

Torrance

16,764

16,709

17,209

17,544

17,501

17,551

Valencia

67,398

68,131

68,499

68,573

69,417

70,389

Totals

739,463

753,410

766,806

781,380

797,940

816,811

 

(Page last updated 10/07)