Dulce, New Mexico

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Dulce (Jicarilla: Lóosi[1], pronounced /ˈdʌlsiː/, or occasionally /ˈduːsiː/) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 2,623 at the 2000 census, almost entirely Native American. It is the largest community and tribal headquarters of the Jicarilla Apache Reservation.



Dulce is located at 36°56′22″N 106°59′23″W / 36.93944°N 106.98972°W / 36.93944; -106.98972 (36.939557, -106.989600)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 12.9 square miles (33.5 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,623 people, 779 households, and 595 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 202.6 people per square mile (78.2/km²). There were 899 housing units at an average density of 69.4/sq mi (26.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP is 3.43% White, 0.04% African American, 90.66% Native American, 4.35% from other races, and 1.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.74% of the population.

There were 779 households out of which 48.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.8% were married couples living together, 28.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.6% were non-families. 19.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.34 and the average family size was 3.83.

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