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Placitas, New Mexico
Las Placitas Presbyterian Church
Las Placitas Presbyterian Church
Location of Placitas, New Mexico
Location of Placitas, New Mexico
Country United States
State New Mexico
County Sandoval
 • Total 29.7 sq mi (76.9 km2)
 • Land 29.7 sq mi (76.9 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 5,955 ft (1,815 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,977
 • Density 167.58/sq mi (64.72/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 87043
Area code(s) 505
FIPS code 35-58070
GNIS feature ID 0915877

Placitas is a census-designated place (CDP) in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. As of the 2010 census, its population was 4,977. It is part of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Placitas is located at 35°19′3″N 106°27′7″W / 35.3175°N 106.45194°W / 35.3175; -106.45194 (35.317444, -106.452065).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 29.7 square miles (77 km2), all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 3,452 people, 1,485 households, and 1,101 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 115.4 people per square mile (44.5/km²). There were 1,606 housing units at an average density of 53.7 per square mile (20.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 83.52% White, 0.70% African American, 1.30% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 10.46% from other races, and 3.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 20.22% of the population.

There were 1,485 households out of which 23.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.0% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.8% were non-families. 20.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.66.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 18.8% under the age of 18, 3.0% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 42.5% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.8 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $60,597, and the median income for a family was $71,696. Males had a median income of $46,667 versus $41,914 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $36,243. About 2.6% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.7% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.

Wild Horses of Placitas
Wild Horses of Placitas, 2012. They are the source of some controversy. They eat the wild grass faster than it can renew itself, which will lead to erosion problems. Photo courtesy of John Fowler, Placitas.

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