Las Vegas, New Mexico

According to Harvardshoes, Las Vegas, New Mexico is a small city located in the northern part of the state. The city was founded in 1835 and is the county seat of San Miguel County. It has a population of around 14,000 people and is known for its historic downtown area, which retains much of its 19th century charm.

Las Vegas is situated at an elevation of 6,500 feet in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The area’s mild weather, with warm days and cool nights, makes it an ideal spot for outdoor activities like hiking, biking, camping and fishing. Las Vegas also offers plenty of cultural attractions such as museums, galleries and theaters.

The city has a rich history that dates back to its founding as a Spanish settlement in 1835. It quickly became an important trading center on the Santa Fe Trail connecting New Mexico to Missouri. During this period Las Vegas was known as “the City of Lights” because it was one of the first cities in New Mexico to have electric street lights installed. In 1879 Las Vegas was officially incorporated as a city and quickly became a major stop on the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railway line from Kansas City to Los Angeles.

According to Health-beauty-guides, Las Vegas retains much of its historic charm with many old buildings still standing from its heyday including several adobe structures dating back to Spanish colonial times. One example is Plaza Hotel which was built in 1881 and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places along with other notable landmarks like Storrie Lake State Park and Fort Union National Monument located just outside town.

Las Vegas has plenty to offer visitors including numerous restaurants offering local cuisine such as chile rellenos or carne adovada (pork marinated in red chile sauce). There are also several wineries nearby producing award-winning wines from locally grown grapes including Luna Rossa Winery located just outside town which offers tastings daily from 11am – 5pm (summer hours).

In addition to all this natural beauty Las Vegas hosts many festivals throughout the year celebrating everything from music to art and culture such as Artfest every May or Fiestas de las Luminarias during December which features traditional Mexican decorations made out of paper lanterns called luminarias that light up downtown streets creating a beautiful atmosphere for holiday shopping or simply strolling around town admiring all there is to see here in Las Vegas New Mexico.

Las Vegas, New Mexico

Population: 14,565. Estimated population in July 2020: 14,020 (-3.7% change)
Males: 6,914 (47.5%), Females: 7,651 (52.5%)

San Miguel County

Zip code: 87701

Median resident age: 34.0 years
Median household income: $24,214
Median house value: $87,100

Races in Las Vegas:

  • Hispanic (82.9%)
  • Other race (37.2%)
  • White Non-Hispanic (13.5%)
  • Two or more races (5.0%)
  • American Indian (2.9%)
  • Black (1.0%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Ancestries: United States (3.3%), German (3.1%), Irish (2.5%), English (1.9%), Italian (1.2%), Scotch-Irish (1.2%).

Elevation: 6430 feet

Land area: 7.5 square miles


For population 25 years and over in Las Vegas

  • High school or higher: 75.9%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 23.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 10.0%
  • Unemployed: 11.6%
  • Mean travel time to work: 16.6 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Las Vegas city

  • Never married: 38.5%
  • Now married: 36.2%
  • Separated: 1.1%
  • Widowed: 9.7%
  • Divorced: 14.5%

1.4% Foreign born

Population change in the 1990s: +29 (+0.2%).


Hospital/medical center in Las Vegas:


Other hospitals/medical centers near Las Vegas:

  • PHS INDIAN HOSPITAL (about 55 miles; SANTA FE, NM)
  • HOLY CROSS HOSPITAL (about 62 miles; TAOS, NM)


Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Las Vegas:

  • ALBUQUERQUE INTL SUNPORT (about 103 miles; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Abbreviation: ABQ)
  • SAN LUIS VALLEY REGIONAL/BERGMAN FIELD (about 134 miles; ALAMOSA, CO; Abbreviation: ALS)
  • SIERRA BLANCA REGIONAL (about 150 miles; RUIDOSO, NM; Abbreviation: SRR)

Other public-use airports nearest to Las Vegas:

  • LAS VEGAS MUNI (about 8 miles; LAS VEGAS, NM; Abbreviation: LVS)
  • ANGEL FIRE (about 57 miles; ANGEL FIRE, NM; Abbreviation: AXX)
  • SANTA FE MUNI (about 60 miles; SANTA FE, NM; Abbreviation: SAF)
Amtrak station:
LAS VEGAS (RAILROAD & LINCOLN STS.). Services: partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, call for taxi service.

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/Universities in Las Vegas:

  • NEW MEXICO HIGHLANDS UNIVERSITY (Full-time enrollment: 2,278; Location: UNIVERSITY AVE; Public; Website:; Offers Master’s degree)
  • LUNA VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE (Full-time enrollment: 542; Location: Hot Springs Blvd.; Public; Website:

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Las Vegas:

  • UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX-ALBUQUERQUE NM CAMPUS (about 98 miles; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Full-time enrollment: 3,261)
  • ALBUQUERQUE TECHNICAL VOCATIONAL INSTITUTE (about 103 miles; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Full-time enrollment: 9,188)
  • UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO-MAIN CAMPUS (about 108 miles; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Full-time enrollment: 18,780)
  • ADAMS STATE COLLEGE (about 137 miles; ALAMOSA, CO; Full-time enrollment: 4,147)
  • EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY-MAIN CAMPUS (about 164 miles; PORTALES, NM; Full-time enrollment: 2,955)
  • PUEBLO COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 184 miles; PUEBLO, CO; Full-time enrollment: 2,587)
  • UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN COLORADO (about 190 miles; PUEBLO, CO; Full-time enrollment: 4,275)


Public high schools in Las Vegas:

  • ROBERTSON HIGH (Students: 687; Location: 4TH AND FRIEDMAN AVENUE; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • W LAS VEGAS HIGH (Students: 531; Location: 157 MORENO; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • THE BRIDGE ACADEMY C (Students: 25; Location: 801 SEVENTH STREET; Grades: 09 – 12)

Biggest public primary/middle schools in Las Vegas:

  • MEMORIAL MIDDLE (Students: 494; Location: OLD NATIONAL ROAD; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • W LAS VEGAS MIDDLE (Students: 417; Location: 1024 SOUTH PACIFIC; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • LOS NINOS ELEM (Students: 286; Location: 474 LEGION DRIVE; Grades: KG – 05)
  • ARMIJO ELEM (Students: 264; Location: 600 PORTER STREET; Grades: KG – 01)
  • LEGION PARK ELEM (Students: 209; Location: 730 LEGION DRIVE; Grades: KG – 05)
  • PAUL D HENRY ELEM (Students: 186; Location: 1104 3RD STREET; Grades: PK – 05)
  • TONY SERNA JR.ELEM (Students: 183; Location: 1725 NEW MEXICO AVE.; Grades: PK – 05)
  • DON CECILIO MTZ EL (Students: 156; Location: 412 SANTA FE ST.; Grades: PK – 05)
  • SIERRA VISTA ELEM (Students: 148; Location: 475 LEGION DRIVE; Grades: KG – 05)
  • FAMILY PARTNERSHIP (Students: 119; Location: 157 MORENO; Grades: KG – 12)


Library in Las Vegas:

  • CARNEGIE PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $222,577; Location: 500 NATIONAL AVENUE; 60,845 books; 290 audio materials; 1,008 video materials; 120 serial subscriptions)