About Las Vegas, New Mexico

Las Vegas

Our local geography: The "orginal” Las Vegas, in New Mexico, is about an hour east of Santa Fe on Interstate 25 North. It is the county seat of San Miguel County, which includes one other incorporated community, Pecos. The terrain of San Miguel County varies widely from 11,800-foot peaks in the rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the western portion to broad flat plains of less than 4,000 feet in the east. Between mountains and the plains is another distinct region known as the Las Vegas Plateau. Las Vegas’ elevation is 6,470 feet. Las Vegas is 60 miles from Santa Fe, 123 miles from Albuquerque, 258 miles from Denver, 369 miles from El Paso and 579 miles from Phoenix. Las Vegas is accessed by Interstate 25 from the northeast and southwest, N.M. Highway 518 from the north and N.M. highways 84 and 3 from the east.

Weather: Las Vegas has a semi-arid climate. There is sunshine for 70 percent of daytime hours. The average high temperatures in the summer are in the 80s, and the average low temperatures in the winter are in the 20s. Average annual rainfall is 15.1 inches, and annual average snowfall is 35 inches.

Economy: Las Vegas’ largest employer is the New Mexico Behavioral Institute (formerly Las Vegas Medical Center), with 1,050 employees. The second largest employer is Highlands University, a four-year institution. The U.S. Census, the per capita income in Las Vegas was $16,557, compared to $58,030 nationally. Nearly a quarter of the population lives below the poverty level. Las Vegas is served by Alta Vista Regional Hospital, a full-service center.

Population: Las Vegas' U.S, Census Bereau population estimate, as of July 1, 2016, is 13,259, while San Miguel County’s has dropped to 27,760. Las Vegas is 80.5 percent Hispanic.

Education: The community is served by two public school districts, Las Vegas City Schools and West Las Vegas, and two colleges, New Mexico Highlands University and Luna Community College. A third school, Armand Hammer United World College, attracts high school students from around the globe.

Links to local government / resources:

City of Las Vegas: lasvegasnm.gov

San Miguel County: co.sanmiguel.nm.us

Las Vegas Citizens' Committee for Historic Preservation Culture and Heritage Center: lvcchp.org

Highlands University: nmhu.edu

Luna Community College: luna.edu

San Miguel Detention Center Detainee Lookup:

County Assessor Land Record portal:

County Clerk Record portal: 



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