Los Lunas, New Mexico

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Los Lunas is a village in Valencia County, New Mexico, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the village population was 10,034. As of 2008 Los Lunas' population rose to 23,867 inside the village limits due to the new addition on city limits El Cerro de Los Lunas (Huning Ranch) It is the county seat of Valencia County.[1]

Los Lunas is part of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The name "Los Lunas" is a partial Anglicization of the name of the Luna family, who originally settled in the area (los Luna, in Spanish).

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History

The original land grant was made to Don Felix Candelaria in 1716, but within two years it was given to the Luna family. Some Civil War battles were fought near the village.

Los Lunas became the county seat in 1876 and became an incorporated village in 1928.

The Los Lunas Decalogue Stone is located nearby.

Geography

Los Lunas is located at 34°48′34″N 106°44′7″W / 34.80944°N 106.73528°W / 34.80944; -106.73528 (34.809336, -106.735247).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 10.1 square miles (26.0 km²), all land.

The village is located on State Highway 6, east of Interstate 25.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 10,034 people, 3,601 households, and 2,689 families residing in the village. The population density was 998.8 people per square mile (385.5/km²). There were 3,845 housing units at an average density of 382.7/sq mi (147.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 64.14% White, 1.16% African American, 2.62% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 27.63% from other races, and 3.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 58.74% of the population.

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