Facts About New Mexico
New Mexico’s State Constitution officially declares that it’s a bilingual state. 1/3 of families in New Mexico speak Spanish at home.
Pueblo people have lived continuously for more than a thousand years at Taos Pueblo in north-central New Mexico.
New Mexico is one of 20 states with a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and among only eight with more than one.
The city holds the International Balloon Fiesta, the world’s largest hot air balloon festival, each year.
New Mexico has one of the greatest temperature ranges in the United States. The lowest temperature ever recorded in the state was -50 degrees Fahrenheit, while the highest was 122.
Las Cruces makes the world’s largest enchilada the first weekend in October at the “Whole Enchilada Fiesta”.
New Mexico abolished its death penalty statute, though not retroactively, effective July 1, 2009.
The state can be divided into three regions. Sweeping across the east, the Great Plains region contains a high plateau with deep canyons.
New Mexico is one of the four corner states because it borders at the same point as Utah, Arizona, and Colorado.
The first atomic bomb was dropped in Jornada del Muerto in New Mexico on July 16, 1945.
Santa Fe is the highest capital city in the United States at 7,000 feet above sea level.
Santa Fe holds the distinction of being the oldest state capital in the U.S. as well as New Mexico’s oldest city.
In 2021, the per capita personal income was slightly over $45,800.
The Rio Grande is New Mexico’s longest river and runs the entire length of New Mexico.
The Palace of Governors in Santa Fe, built-in 1610, is one of the oldest public buildings in America.
New Mexico is notable for electing more women of colour to public office than any other U.S. state.
TThe Navajo, the Nation’s largest Native American Group, have a reservation that covers 14 million Acres.
New Mexican culture is a unique fusion of indigenous, Spanish, Hispanic, and American influences.
The state of New Mexico shares an international border with the country of Mexico.
The Constitution of New Mexico was adopted by referendum in 1911 and establishes a republican form of government based on popular sovereignty and separation of powers.
New Mexico has far more sheep and cattle than people. There are only about 12 people per square mile.
New Mexico hosts the world’s first operational and purpose-built commercial spaceport, Spaceport America, located in Upham, near Truth or Consequences.
New Mexico is one of the poorest states in the U.S. It is one of only six states without a billionaire and ranks 39th in the share of households with more than $1 million in wealth.
Moon Rocks can be found at the International Space hall of fame that is located in Alamogordo.
New Mexico has more PhDs per capita than any other state.
The town of Gallup calls itself the “Indian Capital of the World” and serves as a trading centre for more than 20 different Indian groups. Every August it is the site of the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial
New Mexico received its name long before the present-day nation of Mexico won independence from Spain and adopted that name in 1821. The name “Mexico” derives from Nahuatl and originally referred to the heartland of the Mexica (Aztec) Empire in the Valley of Mexico, far from the area of New Mexico.
As of 2021, New Mexico’s gross domestic product was over $95 billion.
The United States Census Bureau recorded a population of 2,117,522 as of April 2020, a 2.8% increase from 2,059,179 in the 2010 census.
The United States Congress admitted New Mexico as the 47th state on January 6, 1912.