Elephant Butte

Elephant Butte, New Mexico

Elephant Butte, New Mexico, in Sierra county, is 63 miles NW of Las Cruces, New Mexico (center to center) and 104 miles NW of El Paso, Texas. As of the year 2000 census, 1,390 people lived in Elephant Butte.

The People and Families of Elephant Butte

In Elephant Butte, about 70% of adults are married. Elephant Butte is one of those places you go to when you’re already married, not to find someone. It seems that everyone in city is married (though of course they’re not).

If you spend a lot of time in the city, you’ll notice that retired and elderly people are a common sight.

Wealth and Education

In 2000, Elephant Butte had a median family income of $37,344. The bulk of the population of Elephant Butte is doing well, with money to spend. The city doesn’t have a large share of its people below the poverty line. In Elephant Butte, a noticeable number of people work from home rather than commuting every day.

Political Inclinations

Elephant Butte residents donated more money ($1040) to George W. Bush than to the other candidates in the 2004 Presidential race. Across all electoral races, the Republican party attracted the most donations from the city.

Elephant Butte Housing

An estimated 91% of living spaces in Elephant Butte are occupied by their owners, not by renters. Vacation or seasonal housing units are not uncommon in the city. The housing stock in Elephant Butte is younger than in most places. Optimists try to see the higher property taxes in the city as a sign of wealth and desirability.


In Elephant Butte, 90% of commuters drive to work. You might spend less time in the car if you live in Elephant Butte; people report shorter commutes than most.

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