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Village of Tijeras

Population, 2010: 541
Area: 1.16 square miles
Incorporated: 1973
Location: Just east of Albuquerque at I-40 and NM 337

Tijeras
Rolling hills in the Village of Tijeras

About

Tijeras ("scissors" in Spanish) sits in a canyon of the same name that divides two mountain ranges, the Sandias and the Manzanos. Incorporated in 1973, Tijeras is one of two incorporated communities in the East Mountain area. Most residents work in Albuquerque, but Rio Grande Portland Cement's mining and manufacturing operation employs many from the area.

History

For centuries, Tijeras Canyon was a passage and trade route between the Rio Grande and the plains. In 1762, a handful of people received a land grant at the Cañon de Carnué, intending to farm and ranch. Their village came to be called Carnué. After a series of Apache raids in 1770, the discouraged settlers abandoned the community and returned to Albuquerque. It was resettled in 1818, after the Apaches had moved south.

In 1858, the U.S. Army opened a wagon road, which served until the 1920's when it became a two-lane road for cars. In 1927, the road became a portion of Route 66. Although I-40 was built here in the 1960s, a long portion of the original Route 66 still exists.

Demographics

2010

2000

Population 541 474
10 Year Population Growth 14.1% 39.4%
Median Age 48.2 38.9
High School Graduate or higher 89% 80.6%
Bachelor's Degree or higher 20.9% 14.4%
Avereage Commute Time to Work 21.7 30.4
Median Household Income $50,938 $34,167
Housing Units 264 210
Single Family Housing Units 84.6% 70.8%
Multi-Family Housing Units 1.8% 7.9%
Mobile Homes and Other 13.6% 21.3%
Owner-Occupied Housing Units 81.6% 69%
Average Household Size 2.31 2.48

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

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Government
Mayor, elected every four years
Five councilors, elected at large to four-year staggered terms

Utilities
Water: Village of Tijeras
Source: Ground water
Sewer: Village of Tijeras and individual systems
Solid Waste: Village of Tijeras
Electric: Public Service Company of New Mexico
Natural Gas: New Mexico Gas Company
Telephone: CenturyLink

Transportation
Air: Albuquerque International Sunport
Train: Commuter, passenger and freight in Albuquerque

Education
K-12: Albuquerque Public School District
Higher education: University of New Mexico, Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque

Amenities

Tijeras enjoys all the amenities of Albuquerque plus a few of its own:

Recreation: The Sandia Mountains, which reach 10,678-foot at the highest point, offer skiing, hiking, biking and picnic spots. The Manzano Mountains, with elevations from 6,000 to 10,098 feet, also has picnic grounds and trails.

Attractions: Sandia Peak Tramway, the world's longest tramcar system, carries visitors 2.7- miles up the west face. Tijeras is located along a lengthy section of historic Route 66, and it's the gateway to the Turquoise Trail, a historic road now dotted with galleries, restaurants and other attractions.

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