White Sands, New Mexico

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White Sands is a census-designated place (CDP) in Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 1,323 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Las Cruces Metropolitan Statistical Area. See also White Sands Missile Range and White Sands National Monument.



White Sands is located at 32°23′3″N 106°29′52″W / 32.38417°N 106.49778°W / 32.38417; -106.49778 (32.384064, -106.497698)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,323 people, 432 households, and 355 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 429.2 people per square mile (165.8/km²). There were 667 housing units at an average density of 216.4/sq mi (83.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 71.43% White, 11.56% African American, 0.98% Native American, 3.70% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 6.27% from other races, and 5.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.61% of the population.

There were 432 households out of which 56.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.0% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.8% were non-families. 16.4% of all households were made up of individuals and none had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.06 and the average family size was 3.45.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 37.3% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 39.7% from 25 to 44, 13.0% from 45 to 64, and 0.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females there were 105.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.7 males.

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