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Alamogordo is a city in Otero County.

It is the county seat.

The community name derives from Spanish for "cottonwood."

The latitude of Alamogordo is 32.899N. The longitude is -105.959W.

It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 4,341 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 35,551.


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Median household income
Local
$30,928
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Alamogordo demographic reports
Alamogordo is on the edge of the Sacramento Mountains.
Founded as a railroad town in 1898

The first atomic bomb, produced at the Manhattan Project laboratory in Los Alomos, was exploded in a test 60 miles from here in July 1945.

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 93. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 2.6 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1976 movie, "The Man Who Fell to Earth"
Local festivals include:
  • White Sands Balloon Invitational - Sept. 15-16, 2007
  • Hamfest - Sept. 1, 2007
  • Cottonwood Festival - Sept. 1-3, 2007
  • White Sands Film Festival - Feb. 21-25, 2007
Dates often change. Check Alamogordo web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Lincoln National Forest, Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
Alamogordo attractions: Alameda Park Zoo
Historic sites and museums: Museum of Space History, International Space Hall of Fame, White Sands National Monument, Tularosa Basin Historical Society Museum
Colleges and universities: New Mexico State University-Alamogordo
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Alamogordo demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Otero County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 88325 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

16% of Alamogordo residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Alamogordo ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Alamogordo was $14,662, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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15% of Alamogordo residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Alamogordo, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $380.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $749.


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Libraries in Alamogordo include Alamogordo Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Alamogordo include Alamogordo Daily News

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Otero County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Alamogordo political report.

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The average commute time for Alamogordo workers is 19 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 5 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Alamogordo between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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