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.
Unlike some villages where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Ruidoso is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. 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 personal care services (13.87%), management occupations (11.34%), and sales jobs (9.95%).
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.
It is a fairly quiet village because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Ruidoso has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Ruidoso has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Ruidoso than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Ruidoso may be for you.
Residents of the village have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 16.59 minutes getting to work every day.
Ruidoso is a small village, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.
The overall education level of Ruidoso citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 32.65% 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 $25,965, 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 $103,860 for a family of four. However, Ruidoso contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Ruidoso is a somewhat 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 22.58% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Ruidoso include English, German, French , and Dutch West Indian.
The most common language spoken in Ruidoso is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Navajo.