South Valley, New Mexico

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South Valley is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated town in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 39,060 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area. The U.S. Postal Service uses "Albuquerque" for all South Valley addresses (ZIP code 87105).


Geography and environment

South Valley is located at 35°1′20″N 106°41′3″W / 35.02222°N 106.68417°W / 35.02222; -106.68417 (35.022215, -106.684097)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 30.2 square miles (78.3 km²), of which, 29.5 square miles (76.5 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²) of it (2.35%) is water.

Municipal wells San Jose number 3 and San Jose number 6 were decommissioned in 1981 due to contamination with low levels of organic solvents, halocarbons and aromatics. These wells were plugged and abandoned in September 1994. The site remains on the Superfund site list with on-going remedial actions to contain, capture and reduce the concentration of the contaminant plume within the ground water.[2]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 39,060 people, 12,820 households, and 9,756 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,323.3 people per square mile (510.9/km²). There were 13,722 housing units at an average density of 464.9/sq mi (179.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 57.19% White, 1.14% African American, 2.00% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 34.97% from other races, and 4.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 77.59% of the population.

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