Santa Clara, New Mexico

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Santa Clara is a village in Grant County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 3,944 at the 2000 census. Today a bedroom community for nearby Silver City, Santa Clara has experienced substantial growth in recent years.



Santa Clara was long known as "Central." Its post office was established under that name on January 8, 1887, and the name was changed to Santa Clara in 1996.[1][2]


Santa Clara is located at 32°46′32″N 108°09′13″W / 32.775681°N 108.153597°W / 32.775681; -108.153597.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,944 people, 696 households, and 496 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,925.3 people per square mile (743.2/km2). There were 821 housing units at an average density of 813.1/sq mi (313.9/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 62.91% White, 0.36% African American, 1.95% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 30.61% from other races, and 4.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 83.49% of the population.

There were 696 households out of which 38.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.0% were married couples living together, 20.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.38.

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