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Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Elephant Butte Municipal Offices
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Location of Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Location of Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Country United States
State New Mexico
County Sierra
 • Total 3.0 sq mi (7.7 km2)
 • Land 3.0 sq mi (7.7 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 4,465 ft (1,361 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,431
 • Density 477.0/sq mi (185.8/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 87935
Area code(s) 575
FIPS code 35-22720
GNIS feature ID 0898770

Elephant Butte is a city in Sierra County, New Mexico, United States, near Elephant Butte Reservoir and State Park. The population was 1,390 at the 2000 census.


Elephant Butte was named from Elephant Butte a butte nearby thought to resemble an elephant.


Elephant Butte is located at 33°11′23″N 107°13′22″W / 33.18972°N 107.22278°W / 33.18972; -107.22278 (33.189809, -107.222873).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2000 1,390
2010 1,431 2.9%
Est. 2015 1,351 −5.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,431 people, 772 households, and 464 families residing in the city. The population density was 477.0 people per square mile. There were 1,316 housing units at an average density of 438.7 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 92.2% White, 0.3% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 2.9% from other races, and 3.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.6% of the population.

There were 772 households out of which 7.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 4.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.9% were non-families. 9.3% of all households had individuals under 18 years and 56.0% had individuals age 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.85 and the average family size was 2.31.

In the city, the population was spread out with 8.7% under the age of 18 and 43% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 62.8 years. For every 100 females there were 102.2 males.

As of the 2000 census, the median income for a household in the city was $31,705, and the median income for a family was $37,344. Males had a median income of $30,809 versus $22,125 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,345. About 7.4% of families and 10.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.4% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.

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