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U.S. Census Bureau and Other Government Data.

This data is for Belen, New Mexico.

Population Data

  • The population of Belen is approximately 7,269 (2010 Census).
  • Belen has a service area of more than 22,000 residents, which includes the City of Rio Communities, Town of Mountainair, and rural areas throughout southern Valencia County and northern Socorro County.


  • The amount of land area of Belen is 10.773 sq. kilometers.
  • The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers. Our eastern border is the Rio Grande.
  • There are thousands of vacant acres on our east and west mesas, including with easy access to I-25.


  • The City of Belen provides water and sewer service, and solid waste curbside pickup is administered by the city through a private contract with Waste Management.
  • Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) provides power to Valencia County over 115kV and 46kV transmission lines.
  • New Mexico Gas Company has provided natural gas to the county since 2008 when PNM sold the gas division.
  • CenturyLink and ENMR Plateau Telecommunications provide phone service and DSL, while Comcast provides cable television and broadband internet.

Major Employers

  • Belen is Valencia County's industrial leader. BNSF is among our largest employers at its downtown train refueling and maintenance yard. Major national and international manufacturers include Clariant, Aristech, Cemco, Sisneros Bros. and New Mexico Travertine.
  • We have service and retail ranging from franchises like Walmart and Holiday Inn to small mom and pop shops.
  • Government provides a number of jobs, including air operations training conducted by the United States Air Force at our airport and the robust Belen Consolidated School District.


Belen is located in Central New Mexico 32 miles South of Albuquerque. Rio Communities is three miles east of Belen and Tierra Grande is seven miles southeast of Rio Communities. Los Lunas is 10 miles north of Belen along US Hwy 85, and south from Belen along I-25 is Socorro.

The distance from Belen to Washington DC is 1760 miles. The distance to the New Mexico state capital is 85 miles.

Belen is positioned 34.65 degrees north of the equator and -106.77 degrees west of the prime meridian. Belen’s elevation is 4,800 feet above sea level.


Geography Belen is in the Rio Grande valley west of the Manzano Mountains.  Mesas boarder the west side of Belen and stretches into Socorro County. 

Climate & Weather

In Belen the sun shines nearly 80% of the time. In the Winter daytime highs average in the low 50's while night time lows average in the low 20's. In the summer the daytime average is around 95 with average night time low in the 60's.

The last expected frost is mid to late April. While the first frost is expected in late October.

Belen's average annual precipitation is 7.15 inches per year. The average annual humidity is 43%.


Belen’s close proximity to Albuquerque allows it to draw from the largest labor pool in New Mexico.

Business Incentives

There are a lot incentives available for business looking to relocate to New Mexico. The original and oldest industry in Belen is the railroad. Belen is headquarters for the District office of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway.