Peralta
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Town of Peralta

Population, 2010: 3,660
Area: 4.44 square miles
Incorporated: 2007
Location: Four miles northeast of Los Lunas on NM 47 in the Rio Grande Valley

About 

Peralta became New Mexico's newest municipality when it incorporated. Once known for sheep raising, the town became a support center for surrounding dairies and farms. Today, it's a quiet bedroom community of Albuquerque.

History

Peralta's roots stem from an old hacienda built in 1837 by prominent land owner Juan Antonio and his wife Mercedes Otero. Over the next two decades, Peralta developed and prospered as a community which became known for sheep raising and flour milling. In 1862 Peralta was the site of a battle between Confederate and Union troops.

Demographics

 

2010

2000

Population

3,660

3,472

10-Year Population Growth *

5.4%

17.9%

Median Age

43.5

36.5

High School Graduates or higher

85.4%

81.3%

Bachelor's Degree or higher

15.0%

19.8%

Average Commute Time to Work

28.1

29.6

Median Household Income

47,763

38,039

Housing Units

1481

1413

Single Family Housing Units

60.4%

56.1%

Multi-Family Housing Units

1.0%

2.8%

Mobile Homes & other

38.6%

41.0%

Owner-Occupied Housing Units

82.6%

78.9%

Average Household Size

2.67

2.83

Source: 2010 Decennial Census, American Community Survey 2006-2010.
* Peralta incorporated in 2007. The 2000 population and the the 10-year growth to 2010 compares the incorporated place in 2010 with and estimate of the incorporated place boundaries in 2000 using block data. The 10-year growth between 1990 and 2000 compares growth of the unincorporated census designated place.

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Government

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

Utilities

Water: Individual wells
Sewer: Individual septic systems
Solid Waste: Private contractors
Electricity: Public Service Company of New Mexico
Natural gas: New Mexico Gas Company
Telephone: CenturyLink, Comcast
 

Transportation
 

Highways: I-25 and NM 47
Air: Albuquerque International Sunport, passenger and freight
Rail, passenger: Amtrak in Albuquerque
Commuter: New Mexico Rail Runner in Los Lunas
Freight: Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railroad

Education

K-12: Los Lunas School District

 

Amenities

Hiking: The Manzano Mountains, with elevations from 6,000 to 10,098 feet, offer a wealth of recreation opportunities. The Manzano Mountain Wilderness stretches across 36,970 acres of the City of Belen's back yard and has picnic grounds and trails. El Cerro de Los Lunas, a volcanic hill recently donated to the Village by the Huning family, is designated open space for walking, jogging and nature study.

Resort: Isleta Casino and Resort 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.

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 located at the lakes.

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