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Encyclopedia > Mesilla, New Mexico

Mesilla is a town located in Doņa Ana County, New Mexico. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 2,180.

During the American Civil War, Mesilla briefly served as capital of the Confederate Territory of Arizona.


Location of Mesilla, New Mexico

Mesilla is located at 32°16'22" North, 106°48'3" West (32.272776, -106.800965)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 13.9 km˛ (5.4 mi˛). 13.9 km˛ (5.4 mi˛) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water.


As of the census2 of 2000, there are 2,180 people, 892 households, and 595 families residing in the town. The population density is 157.0/km˛ (407.0/mi˛). There are 981 housing units at an average density of 70.7/km˛ (183.1/mi˛). The racial makeup of the town is 73.99% White, 0.23% African American, 1.01% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 20.69% from other races, and 3.81% from two or more races. 52.20% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 892 households out of which 25.6% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.5% are married couples living together, 9.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% are non-families. 27.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.9% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.44 and the average family size is 2.99.

In the town the population is spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 29.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 43 years. For every 100 females there are 90.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 90.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $42,275, and the median income for a family is $51,181. Males have a median income of $30,500 versus $25,000 for females. The per capita income for the town is $25,922. 9.4% of the population and 6.3% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 7.4% of those under the age of 18 and 5.8% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

External links

  • Maps and aerial photos
    • Street map from Mapquest (http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?latlongtype=decimal&latitude=32.272776&longitude=-106.800965&zoom=6)
    • Topographic map from Topozone (http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?lat=32.272776&lon=-106.800965&s=200&size=m&layer=DRG100)
    • Aerial photograph from Microsoft Terraserver (http://terraserver.microsoft.com/map.aspx?t=1&s=14&lon=-106.800965&lat=32.272776&w=750&h=500)
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Doņa Ana | Mesilla | University Park
Doņa Ana County
New Mexico State University

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