Los Lunas
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Village of Los Lunas

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Los Lunas Mansion

Population, 2010: 14,835
Area: 15.69 square miles
Incorporated: 1928
Location: Rio Grande Valley, 20-miles south of Albuquerque

About

 Los Lunas [www.loslunasnm.gov], county seat of Valencia County and its most populated community, was New Mexico's fastest growing community between 1960 and 2010. The area began growing rapidly in the 1970s, as Albuquerque grew. A steady influx of new residents in search of pleasant alternatives to city living has spurred population growth by nearly 50-percent between 2000 and 2010.

Los Lunas has been a magnet to industries needing room to expand. The attractions are low-cost industrial sites, easy transportation access, available work force, affordable housing and a business-friendly climate. A number of new companies now occupy Rio Grande Industrial Park.

The Los Lunas Rail Runner station, located at the site of the Los Lunas Transportation Center, is close to residential areas, as well as Valencia County administration offices and the judiciary complex. The station offers free parking, with approximately 190 spaces Historic Main Street is but a 15-minute walk from the station. Once there, you'll discover the local flare and flavor of the Village. Whether it's authentic Mexican cuisine, or simply good conversation with the locals -- you can find it in the heart of Los Lunas.

Major private employers 

Merillat Industries (cabinets), Wal-Mart distribution center, Wall-Colmonoy (metal alloys), and two New Mexico Corrections Department facilities

History 

Los Lunas has its roots in the San Clemente Land Grant, established in 1716 and was acquired by the Luna family, who were civic and political leaders. The county seat moved from Tomé to Los Lunas in 1876. When the Santa Fe Railroad arrived in Los Lunas, it increased trade in wool, livestock, hay, supplies and merchandise.

Demographics

 

2010

2000

Population

14,835

10,034

10-Year Population Growth

47.8%

66.9%

Median Age

34.7

31.8

High School Graduates or higher

81.9%

81.5%

Bachelor's Degree or higher

22.8%

16.5%

Average Commute Time to Work

25.3

26.1

Median Household Income

$43,745

$36,240

Housing Units

5,916

3,845

Single Family Housing Units

68.0%

71.4%

Multi-Family Housing Units

12.3%

12.5%

Mobile Homes & other

19.7%

16.1%

Owner-Occupied Housing Units

76.1%

72.5%

Average Household Size

2.69

2.75

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

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Government

Mayor, elected every four years
Four councilors, elected by district every four years to staggered terms

Utilities

Water: Village of Los Lunas
Source: Ground water
Sewer: Village of Los Lunas
Solid Waste: Village of Los Lunas
Electric: Public Service Company of New Mexico
Natural Gas: New Mexico Gas Company
Telephone: CenturyLink

Transportation

Highways: I-25, NM 6, NM 47
Air: Albuquerque International Sunport, passenger and freight, general aviation
Rail, passenger: Amtrak in Albuquerque
Commuter: New Mexico Rail Runner
Freight: Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railroad
Bus, intercity: bus lines in Albuquerque
Transit: Rio Metro dial-a-ride service on week days

Education

K-12: Los Lunas Public School District and private schools
Higher education: University of New Mexico-Valencia

Amenities

Recreation: The Manzano Mountains, with elevations from 6,000 to 10,098 feet, offer hiking, camping and picnic spots. El Cerro de Los Lunas, a volcanic hill, is open space for walking, jogging and nature study.

Resort: Isleta Casino and Resort, north of Los Lunas at Isleta Pueblo, features a Las Vegas-style casino and hotel complex with 200 rooms and suites, restaurants, spa, pool, fitness center, ballroom, 2,500-seat venue, and golf course.

Indoor recreation: The Isleta Fun Connection offers bowling, laser tag, arcade, and billiards.

Golf: The 27-hole Isleta Eagle Golf Course is designed around three lakes and overlooks the Rio Grande.

Fishing: Isleta Lakes fishing area features two lakes stocked with channel catfish during the spring and summer and rainbow trout in the fall and winter. There is also an RV park.

Museums: The Museum of Heritage and Arts provides traveling exhibits and showcases local artifacts.

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