San Jon, New Mexico

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San Jon is a village in Quay County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 306 at the 2000 census.



The village was founded in 1902 and grew after the arrival of the railroad in 1904. It was once an important local commercial center and stop on U.S. Route 66 and home to numerous tourist-oriented businesses, such as gasoline service stations, cafes and motels. However, when Interstate 40 bypassed the village in 1981, the local economy went into a decline, leading most of those businesses to shut down. Today, only one motel is still in operation and all of the gas stations and dining establishments are centered around the I-40 interchange on the north side of town.


San Jon is located at 35°6′27″N 103°19′49″W / 35.1075°N 103.33028°W / 35.1075; -103.33028 (35.107614, -103.330396)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.8 km²), all land.

The village is located on US Route 40 at New Mexico State Highway 469 and is east of Tucumcari.

Northern escarpment of the Llano Estacado, located 14 km south of San Jon, Eastern New Mexico

Road cut south of San Jon on New Mexico State Highway 469 as it crosses the caprock escarpment at the northern edge of the Llano Estacado.

View of San Jon, looking north from the caprock escarpment of the Llano Estacado


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 306 people, 118 households, and 82 families residing in the village. The population density was 116.5 people per square mile (44.9/km²). There were 133 housing units at an average density of 50.6/sq mi (19.5/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 87.91% White, 1.63% Native American, 6.54% from other races, and 3.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 32.03% of the population.

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