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Location of Black Rock, New Mexico
Black Rock, New Mexico is located in the United States
Black Rock, New Mexico
Black Rock, New Mexico
Location in the United States
Country United States
State New Mexico
County McKinley
 • Total 1.7 sq mi (4.5 km2)
 • Land 1.7 sq mi (4.4 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
6,453 ft (1,967 m)
 • Total 1,323
 • Density 778/sq mi (294/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 505
FIPS code 35-07670
GNIS feature ID 0899539

Black Rock (Navajo: Tsézhįįh Deezlį́) is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place (CDP) in McKinley County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 1,323 at the 2010 census.


Blackrock is located on the Zuñi Reservation on the left bank (south side) of the Zuñi River, approximately four miles east of the town of Zuñi, on the north side of NM Route 53. Immediately to the east of the community is the Black Rock Reservoir, which was created in 1908 by damming the Zuni River. The dam has undergone serious rebuilding three times since 1908, the most recent in the mid 1990s. Black Rock has an non-commercial airstrip built just after World War II, but not paved until 1970.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), of which, 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (3.43%) is water.


There was a spring at Black Rock and the Zuñi had irrigated fields there since about 3000 BP (950 BCE). The Zuñi had a small, seasonally occupied village on the lava flow, just north of the river, which the Spanish called "Ranchos de Zuñi".


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,252 people, 319 households, and 283 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 740.1 people per square mile (286.0/km2). There were 349 housing units at an average density of 206.3 per square mile (79.7/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 89.70% Native American, 7.99% White, 0.24% from other races, 0.16% African American, 0.16% Asian, and 1.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.72% of the population.

There were 319 households, out of which 62.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 35.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.0% were non-families. 9.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 0.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.88 and the average family size was 4.06.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 44.3% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 33.8% from 25 to 44, 10.9% from 45 to 64, and 2.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 22 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.0 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $16,442, and the median income for a family was $14,950. Males had a median income of $17,105 versus $16,563 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $6,952. About 57.2% of families and 61.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 73.8% of those under age 18 and 100.0% of those age 65 or over.


It is in Zuni Public Schools. Zuni High School is the zoned high school.


Tribally-run A:shiwi Transit connects Zuni Pueblo and Black Rock with Gallup.

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