Chama, New Mexico

Chama, New Mexico
Chama, New Mexico
—  Village  —
Cumbres & Toltec train in downtown Chama
Location of Chama, New Mexico
Coordinates: 36°53′41″N 106°35′4″W / 36.89472°N 106.58444°W / 36.89472; -106.58444Coordinates: 36°53′41″N 106°35′4″W / 36.89472°N 106.58444°W / 36.89472; -106.58444
Country United States
State New Mexico
County Rio Arriba
 – Mayor Archie Vigil
 – Total 2.6 sq mi (6.6 km2)
 – Land 2.6 sq mi (6.6 km2)
 – Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 7,871 ft (2,399 m)
Population (2000)
 – Total 1,199
 – Density 467.9/sq mi (180.6/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 – Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 87520
Area code(s) 575
FIPS code 35-13970
GNIS feature ID 0902207

Chama is a village in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 1,199 at the 2000 census. It is a small village, but tourism is starting to help the town's economy[further explanation needed].



Chama is located at 36°53′41″N 106°35′4″W / 36.89472°N 106.58444°W / 36.89472; -106.58444 (36.894777, -106.584406),[1] on the Rio Chama. According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2), all of it land.

Transportation heritage

Chama is the western terminus of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, a steam-driven, narrow gauge heritage railway which carries visitors to and from Osier, CO and Antonito, CO during the summer months. It is the remaining 64 mile portion of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad's San Juan Extension built in the 1880s between Alamosa, CO and Durango, CO. The route was abandoned in the late 1960s and the tracks from Chama westward to Durango were torn up soon afterwards.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,199 people, 467 households, and 312 families residing in the village. The population density was 467.9 people per square mile (180.8/km²). There were 601 housing units at an average density of 234.5 per square mile (90.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 67.56% White, 1.58% African American, 2.67% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 25.10% from other races, and 3.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 71.23% of the population.

There were 467 households out of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.0% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the village the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 28.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $30,513, and the median income for a family was $31,983. Males had a median income of $27,167 versus $20,054 for females. The per capita income for the village was $16,670. About 11.9% of families and 17.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.6% of those under age 18 and 13.7% of those age 65 or over.

See also:


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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