Kirtland, New Mexico

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Kirtland is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Juan County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 6,190 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Farmington Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

Kirtland was founded in the early 1880s by Latter-day Saint settlers who named it after Kirtland, Ohio. There had been a few Latter-day Saints who had settled in Fruitland as early as 1878. As of 2000 Fruitland was designated as part of Kirtland for census purposes. Another Latter-day Saint settlement of these early days was Waterflow, just west of Fruitland, which appears on maps to this day.[1][2]

An LDS meetinghouse was dedicated in Kirtland by Heber J. Grant in 1928.[3]

Geography

Kirtland is located at 36°44′29″N 108°20′53″W / 36.74139°N 108.34806°W / 36.74139; -108.34806 (36.741470, -108.348064)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 11.9 square miles (31.0 km²), of which, 11.7 square miles (30.2 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it (2.34%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 6,190 people, 1,822 households, and 1,517 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 530.5 people per square mile (204.8/km²). There were 1,994 housing units at an average density of 170.9/sq mi (66.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 43.38% White, 0.19% African American, 48.93% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 4.26% from other races, and 2.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.45% of the population.

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