Chaparral, New Mexico

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Chaparral is a census-designated place (CDP) in Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 6,117 at the 2000 census. A portion of Chaparral is also in Otero County, New Mexico, United States.

While there is some employment within Chaparral, Chaparral is primarily a bedroom community for the neighboring city of El Paso, Texas and the neighboring military installations of White Sands Missile Range and Fort Bliss. It is officially part of the Las Cruces Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Chaparral is located at 32°2′21″N 106°25′47″W / 32.03917°N 106.42972°W / 32.03917; -106.42972 (32.039072, -106.429630)[1] and is geographically isolated from the rest of Doña Ana County, New Mexico due to its location on the east side of the Franklin Mountains.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 38.8 square miles (100 km2), all of it land.

Growth of the community is constrained due to the border with the state of Texas on the south, the Fort Bliss Military Reservation to the east and north, as well as the Franklin Mountains to the west.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 6,117 people, 1,837 households, and 1,497 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 157.8 people per square mile (60.9/km2). There were 2,134 housing units at an average density of 55.1/mi2 (21.3/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 70.69% Hispanic(U.S. Census)Hispanic or Latino(U.S. Census)Latino, 1.26% African American, 1.29% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.18% Pacific Islander, 21.38% from other races, and 4.77% from two or more races. White (U.S. Census)of any race were 64.49% of the population.

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