Ruidoso is a somewhat small village located in the state of New Mexico. With a population of 7,739 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Ruidoso is the 30th largest community in New Mexico.
Ruidoso is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 85.82% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Ruidoso is a village of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ruidoso who work in management occupations (11.75%), sales jobs (10.66%), and personal care services (10.19%).
Of important note, Ruidoso is also a village of artists. Ruidoso has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Ruidoso’s character.
Another notable thing is that Ruidoso is a major vacation destination. Much of the village’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Ruidoso’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
Residents will find that the village is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Ruidoso is worth considering.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Ruidoso spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.82 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the village are less than they would otherwise be.
Being a small village, Ruidoso does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
The overall education level of Ruidoso citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.27% of adults in Ruidoso have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in Ruidoso in 2010 was $25,874, which is wealthy relative to New Mexico, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $103,496 for a family of four. However, Ruidoso contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Ruidoso is a very ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Ruidoso home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ruidoso residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Ruidoso also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 21.66% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Ruidoso include English, Irish, Scottish, and French .
The most common language spoken in Ruidoso is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Navajo.