Estancia, New Mexico

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Estancia is a town in Torrance County, New Mexico, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the town population was 1,584. It is the county seat of Torrance County[1].

Estancia is part of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Estancia is shown as a town “destroyed by enemies” (nomadic Indians) on a famous map made by Don Bernardo de Miera y Pacheco in 1779.[2]


Estancia is located at 34°45′37″N 106°3′39″W / 34.76028°N 106.06083°W / 34.76028; -106.06083 (34.760380, -106.060748)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.7 square miles (14.8 km²), of which, 5.7 square miles (14.8 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.35%) is water.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,584 people, 393 households, and 284 families residing in the town. The population density was 277.7 people per square mile (107.3/km²). There were 487 housing units at an average density of 85.4/sq mi (33.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 70.08% White, 10.16% African American, 2.21% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 14.71% from other races, and 2.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 50.57% of the population.

There were 393 households out of which 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.9% were married couples living together, 17.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.7% were non-families. 24.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.20.

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