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Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County.

The community was named for the Rio Ruidoso, the "noisy river."

The latitude of Ruidoso is 33.331N. The longitude is -105.672W.

It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 6,729 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 8,270.


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Median household income
Local
$37,107
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Ruidoso demographic reports
Ruidoso is on the eastern slopes of the Sacramento Mountains.
Former and merged names include:
· Dowlin's Mill
Local festivals include:
  • Mountain of Blues Festival - June 2, 2007
  • Oktoberfest - Oct. 19-20, 2007
  • Ruidoso Art Festival - July 27-29, 2007
Dates often change. Check Ruidoso web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Bonito Lake
Historic sites and museums: Museum of the Horse, Hubbard Museum of the American West
Quotes:
Ruidoso is a linear town, stretched out along miles of highway in creases of the mountains, its wide streets lined with flaky plastic.
-- Pieces of the Frame
John McPhee

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Ruidoso demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Lincoln 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 88345 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

15% of Ruidoso residents report German ancestry, and 14% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Ruidoso ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Ruidoso was $22,721, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

28% of Ruidoso residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Ruidoso, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $403.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $823.


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Newspapers in Ruidoso include Ruidoso News

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

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The average commute time for Ruidoso workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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Hotels in Ruidoso include Apache Village Cabins, Apple Tree Inn & Retreat Center, Best Western Pine Springs Inn, Big Pine Lodge, Comfort Inn, Hawthorn Suites Resort, Holiday Inn Express, Pinon Park Resort, Quality Inn Ruidoso, Sitzmark Chalet ... More hotels.

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“ Ruidoso is a linear town, stretched out along miles of highway in creases of the mountains, its wide streets lined with flaky plastic. ”
~ Pieces of the Frame
John McPhee

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