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Dona Ana County, New Mexico


Chili Capital of the World

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Statistics & Facts

The New Mexico state capital is Santa Fe.
The population of Hatch is approximately 1,667 (2009), 1648 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 635 (2000), 500 (2010).
The amount of land area in Hatch is 8.0 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Hatch is 3.0 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Hatch to Washington DC is 1810 miles.
The distance to the New Mexico state capital is 219 miles. (as the crow flies)
Hatch is positioned 32.66 degrees north of the equator and 107.15 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Hatch elevation is 4,058 feet above sea level.
Hatch per capita income is $ 11,376 (2009).
Hatch median income is $ 28,864 (2009).
The Hatch median home price is $ 85,163 (2009).
Hatch average annual rainfall is 7.4 inches per year
Hatch average temperature is 79 degrees F.


in southern New Mexico about 33 miles from Las Cruces and about 74 miles northwest of El Paso. Other nearby communities include: Salem, Rincon, Radium Springs, Fairacres, Dona Ana, Dona Ana-Hill, Williamsburg and Truth or Consequences.
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moderate with desert-like conditions during the summer months. Here is a current weather page for the area.
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History & History Related Items

Hatch was first known as Santa Barbara when it was settled in 1851, but the new settlers were scared off by Apache Raids until Fort Thorn was built nearby in 1853. When the Fort closed in 1860, the settlers again left the area. When, once again, the little town was re-populated, it was renamed for Edward Hatch, the commander of the New Mexico Military District at that time.
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Home of the Hatch Chili Festival
Held every year in early September. Scorch your palate with great Chili then join in the watermelon eating contest to cool off. This festival has much more to offer. Don't miss it!

Hatch is well-known for its famous chili peppers. Though other crops, such as onions, cotton and corn, are also grown here, it is the chili that takes the limelight. Most of the farming is done with irrigation water from the Rio Grande and two nearby lakes - Caballo and Elephant Butte Reservoir.
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Hatch City Government

Village of Hatch

Hatch Village Clerk's Office
118 Franklin St
P.O. Box 220
Hatch, NM 87937
Phone: 575-267-5216

Hatch Municipal Airport
Major upgrades were made to the airport in 2007

Hatch Chamber

Hatch Valley Chamber Of Commerce
P.O. Box 38
Hatch, NM 87937
Phone: 575-267-5050

Hatch Community News

13 August 2016 - Police Officer Shot And Killed During Traffic Stop. Jose Chavez had just arrived at the scene of a traffic stop. One of three men in in the stopped car came out of the passenger side and shot at the officer several times. The car then sped off. A high speed chase, by other officers followed with the capture of the three men when a second car they had carjacked crashed.

Officer Chavez was taken to a hospital in El Paso, Texas by airlift, where he died. The officer had been on the force for two years and had a wife and two children.

Two of the three men, James Nelson II, 36, and Jesse Hanes, 38, were taken into custody for murder.

Hatch Organizations

Hatch Valley Chamber Of Commerce
P.O. Box 38
Hatch, NM 87937
Phone: 575-267-5050

Hatch Libraries

Hatch Public Library
522 E Hall St
Hatch, NM 87937
Phone: 575-267-5132

Hatch Schools

Hatch Valley Public Schools
400 Main St
P.O. Box 790
Hatch, NM 87937
Phone: 575-267-8200 Hatch


The population of Hatch was:
1990 - 1,136
2000 - 1,673
2009 - 1,667

Median age:
2000 - 30 years

Population Density:
2000 - 540.2 persons per square mile

Number of Housing Units:
1990 - 498
2000 - 635

Median Household Income:
2000 - $ 21,250
2009 - $ 28,864

Per Capita Income:
2000 - $ 14,619
2009 - $ 11,376

Median House Value:
2000 - $ 51,800
2009 - $ 85,163

Hatch is located in the Mountain Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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