Estancia
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Town of Estancia

Tree lined street in Estancia
Tree lined street in Estancia

Population, 2010: 1,655
Area
: 6.18 square miles
Incorporated
: 1902
Location: 17 miles south of I-40 at the crossroads of NM 41 and NM 55

About

Estancia, the county seat of Torrance County, is located in the heart of the Estancia Basin, a level area surrounded by mountains and highlands. The area has been a cattle and sheep ranching region since the 19th century. The town began with the arrival of the railroad around 1902. In the mid-20th century beans were the principal crop.

Major private employer

Corrections Corporation of America

History

The large salt flats and lagoons southeast of Estancia were an important source of salt to ancient people. Later, Spanish colonists mined salt from these flats for trade. Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument takes its name from this salt trade. Estancia, which means "resting place," was established in 1902 with the arrival of the New Mexico Central Railroad. The railroad donated a spring-fed lake to the town, which became Arthur Park, and in the 1930's the Civil Conservation Corps made improvements.

Demographics

 

2010

2000

Population

1,655

1,584

10-Year Population Growth

4.5%

100.0%

Median Age

34.5

33.9

High School Graduates or higher

50.3%

65.8%

Bachelor's Degree or higher

4.9%

7.3%

Average Commute Time to Work

23.8

31.3

Median Household Income

$25,053

$24,276

Housing Units

492

304

Single Family Housing Units

62.8%

59.4%

Multi-Family Housing Units

0.0%

1.0%

Mobile Homes & other

37.2%

39.6%

Owner-Occupied Housing Units

67.1%

63.4%

Average Household Size

2.55

2.70

Source: 2010 Decennial Census, American Community Survey 2006-2010.

More information

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McArthur Park

Government

Mayor, elected every four years|
Four trustees, elected at large for two- and four-year staggered terms

Utilities

Water: Town of Estancia
Source: Ground water
Sewer: Town of Estancia
Solid Waste: Estancia Valley Solid Waste Authority
Electric: Central New Mexico Electric Cooperative
Natural Gas: EMW Gas Association
Telephone: CenturyLink

Transportation

Highways: I-40, NM 41 and 55
Air:
Estancia Municipal Airport

Education

K-12: Estancia School District

 

Amenities

Recreation: The Manzano Mountains, with six developed campgrounds, offer hiking, biking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing opportunities. The community recreation center has a swimming pool, and Arthur Park has a fishing lake.

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