Population: 8,832

Male 48% Female 52%
Married 62%
Single 38%

City rating

This rating is a weighted average of commute time, crime rate, population, median salary, and more.


Overall value

This score adds annual household income and cost of living to the city rating.


Density (Population per mile²)

Compared to New York, Ruidoso has a very low population density. Ruidoso is perfect for those who like a quiet city.

618 Ruidoso
27,441 New York

City Info

Ruidoso, NM is a great place to live. It has its pros and cons like any city, but with a quality of life rating of 10/10 and an overall value of 7/10, it’s no surprise why so many people choose to live here.

Population density is a way of determining how crowded an area is. Ruidoso has a population density of 618, with 8,832 current residents.

Out of the 8,832 current residents, 48% are male and 52% are female. 62% of the residents are married and 38% are single.



Air quality

Best air quality


  • 79% Sun
  • 22% Rain
  • 39% Snow


50°F average temperature

  • 24 years Median home age
  • $173,050 Median home price
  • -6.45% Home appreciation rate
  • 5.62% Annual property tax
  • 34.7%
    Homes owned
  • 11.3%
    Homes rented
  • 54.1%
    Homes vacant


As for living in Ruidoso, the air quality is 97% and the weather, on average, is 79% sunny, 22% rainy, and 39% snowy. The average temperature is 50°F.

Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a home in Ruidoso, you should know that 34.7% of homes are owned while 11.3% of homes are rented, and 54.1% of homes are vacant. The median price of a home is $173,050, the median age of homes is 24 years, the annual home appreciation is -6.45% and the annual property tax is 5.62%.



Religious diversity

  • Crime rate (per 100,000)

  • Average age

  • Political majority

    Republican Republican


When looking at the community of Ruidoso, it’s important to determine the crime rate. Ruidoso’s crime rate is 4 total number of crimes reported per 100,000 total population. The average age of residents in Ruidoso is 48 years and the breakdown of political affiliations is 36.46% Democratic, 61.89% Republican, and 1.65% Independent.






Student teacher ratio 1:19


  • Management, Business, Art & Sciences
  • Sales & Office Occupations
  • Service Occupations
  • Production, Transportation & Material Moving
  • Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance
  • 89%
    High school diploma
  • 6%
    Some college or associates degree
  • 17%
    Bachelors degree
  • 12%
    Graduate or professional degree


When looking at Ruidoso, it’s important to understand employment statistics. 5.80% of residents are unemployed in Ruidoso (which does not include the percentage of residents who are no longer in the labor force). Of the employed Ruidoso residents: 13.1% of employed residents work in the management and business field, 17.42% are in the arts and sciences field, 16.8% are in the customer service field, 31.9% are in the sales field, 0.51% work in farming, fishing, and forestry, 12.7% of employed residents work in the construction field, and 7.5% work in production. When it comes to education, the ratio of teachers to students is 1:19. The percentage of residents who have graduated high school is 88.70%, 6.26% of residents have an associate’s degree, 16.75% of residents have a bachelor’s degree, and 11.98% have a master’s degree.



Average commute time

Daily breakdown: by transport type

  • Public
  • Car
  • Carpool
  • Work at home


If you plan on commuting to work in Ruidoso, you should be aware that the average commute time is 19 minutes, compared to the national average commute time of 26 minutes. When it comes to commuting, residents of Ruidoso have a few different options. 73% of commuters use their own cars, 16% of commuters carpool, 0% of commuters use the transit system, and 6% of residents work from home.

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