Moriarty, New Mexico

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Moriarty is a city in Torrance County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 1,765 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Moriarty is located at 34°59′59″N 106°2′48″W / 34.99972°N 106.04667°W / 34.99972; -106.04667 (34.999815, -106.046667)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.8 square miles (12.4 km²), all of it land.


Every October, Moriarty plays host to the Pinto Bean Fiesta, which is composed of a bunch of simple games in Crossly Park, as well as a parade and crowning of a "Pinto Bean Queen."

Moriarty also serves as a fireworks Mecca for the Albuquerque metropolitan area with two year around stores as well as at least two other large tents which set up for the sixteen day selling period allowed by New Mexico State Law from June 20 to July 6. Vendors sell both Black Cat and TNT brand fireworks, with the Southern Lights Fireworks tent just west of Fireworks World considered the cheapest of the vendors with buy one get one specials on all fireworks. All vendors are located along old Route 66 and competition is always fierce. Almost all Class C fireworks are allowed for sale and use in Moriarty including firecrackers, mortars, roman candles, and cakes up to 500 grams (the maximum allowance), and though pop rockets have been banned throughout New Mexico for the last three years, larger stick rockets are still allowed.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,765 people, 668 households, and 478 families residing in the city. The population density was 368.2 people per square mile (142.3/km²). There were 775 housing units at an average density of 161.7/sq mi (62.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 73.54% White, 0.62% African American, 2.49% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 18.75% from other races, and 4.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 40.79% of the population.

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