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Bernalillo, New Mexico
Bernalillo Town Hall, May 2009
Bernalillo Town Hall, May 2009
Location of Bernalillo, New Mexico
Location of Bernalillo, New Mexico
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Country  United States
State  New Mexico
County Sandoval
 • Total 4.93 sq mi (12.76 km2)
 • Land 4.89 sq mi (12.66 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
5,052 ft (1,540 m)
 • Total 8,320
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,143.85/sq mi (827.77/km2)
Time zone UTC−07:00 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−06:00 (MDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 505
FIPS code 35-06970
GNIS feature ID 0928691

Bernalillo is a town in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. As of the 2010 census, the town population was 8,320. It is the county seat of Sandoval County.

Bernalillo is part of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Wine Festival

In the 1620s, the wine grape was introduced to Bernalillo and the wine industry blew up. Families were making their own wine from scratch and vineyards were flourishing. Unfortunately, the market dipped due to drought and floods. Slowly over time, the wine industry came back into Bernalillo and has sustained its health today. It has even become a tradition and staple within the town of Bernalillo.

The town has embraced its wine heritage and hosts the New Mexico Wine festival yearly during each Labor Day. The event brings in people from all of New Mexico as well as tourists. The event has served as an economic development project for the area as well.

Urban Legends

Being a small town, Bernalillo has had its share of ghost stories. In the past 100 years, locals have spread their fair share of stories involving ghost sightings. Most of these urban legends revolve around The Santa Ana Star Casino, a casino located in the town of Bernalillo and believed to be haunted. Many of the workers at the casino have heard noises such as a boy giggling in older parts of the building. Other workers have claimed to feel a presence in several other parts of the building, including the basement.

There have also been rumors regarding a graveyard that used to be in the area before the casino. Though all of this is unconfirmed and lacks actual proof, there has been lots of chatter over the years about hauntings in Bernalillo.


Bernalillo is located at 35°18′34″N 106°33′7″W / 35.30944°N 106.55194°W / 35.30944; -106.55194 (35.309363, -106.552032). It lies in the Albuquerque Basin on the east bank of the Rio Grande. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.7 square miles (12 km2), of which, 4.6 square miles (12 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (2.34%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,223
1950 1,922
1960 2,574 33.9%
1970 2,016 −21.7%
1980 2,988 48.2%
1990 5,960 99.5%
2000 6,611 10.9%
2010 8,320 25.9%
2019 (est.) 10,477 25.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 6,611 people, 2,309 households, and 1,724 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,436.9 people per square mile (554.9/km2). There were 2,473 housing units at an average density of 537.5 per square mile (207.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 60.17% White, 0.74% African American, 3.92% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 31.34% from other races, and 3.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 74.75% of the population. Most of these are descendants of colonial Spanish and Mexican settlers in the area from the 16th through the 19th century.

There were 2,309 households, out of which 40.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 18.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.3% were non-families. 20.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 31.0% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 9.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $30,864, and the median income for a family was $36,286. Males had a median income of $27,417 versus $22,125 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,100. About 13.9% of families and 18.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.4% of those under age 18 and 16.3% of those age 65 or over.

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Most of Bernalillo is in the Bernalillo Public Schools district. Some is in the Jemez Valley Public Schools district. The former operates Bernalillo High School.

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