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Roy, New Mexico
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Location of Roy, New Mexico
Location of Roy, New Mexico
Country United States
State New Mexico
County Harding
 • Total 2.0 sq mi (5.3 km2)
 • Land 2.0 sq mi (5.3 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 5,896 ft (1,797 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 234
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 87743
Area code(s) 575
FIPS code 35-65070
GNIS feature ID 0894203

Roy is a village in Harding County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 234 at the 2010 census. The village has massively been losing population, but is still a major center for Northeastern New Mexico.

NFL Hall of Famer, Thomas Franklin McDonald (born in Roy, New Mexico on July 26, 1934) is a former American football flanker (wide receiver) in the National Football League, where he played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Rams, Atlanta Falcons, and Cleveland Browns. McDonald attended Roy High School his freshman year and then moved to Albuquerque, where he graduated from Highland High School.

McDonald had an outstanding season in 1961. Not only did he lead the NFL in reception yardage (1,144) and in touchdowns (13), but in a game against the New York Giants he caught seven passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns, which is still an Eagles’ single-game best. - See more at:

Roy is also one filming location for the movie Did You Hear About the Morgans?.

The population is expected to increase with the city planning board recently approving the CP correctional facility. Ground breaking occurred on September 5, 2016, and construction is expected to complete by 2020.


Roy is located at 35°56′38″N 104°11′35″W / 35.94389°N 104.19306°W / 35.94389; -104.19306 (35.943890, -104.193025).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 564
1930 713 26.4%
1940 1,138 59.6%
1950 1,074 −5.6%
1960 633 −41.1%
1970 476 −24.8%
1980 381 −20.0%
1990 362 −5.0%
2000 304 −16.0%
2010 234 −23.0%
Est. 2015 235 0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2000 Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 304 people, 150 households, and 88 families residing in the village. The population density was 148.8 people per square mile (57.5/km²). There were 206 housing units at an average density of 100.8 per square mile (39.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 83.22% White, 1.97% Native American, 12.17% from other races, and 2.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 52.63% of the population.

There were 150 households out of which 20.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.3% were non-families. 38.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.03 and the average family size was 2.67.

In the village, the population was spread out with 17.8% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 15.1% from 25 to 44, 27.3% from 45 to 64, and 34.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 52 years. For every 100 females there were 96.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.4 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $21,111, and the median income for a family was $41,667. Males had a median income of $31,250 versus $20,179 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,651. About 11.7% of families and 15.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.0% of those under the age of eighteen and 13.7% of those sixty five or over.


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