Profile for Roswell, New Mexico, NM
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Roswell is a city in Chaves County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for Roswell Smith, father of settler Van C. Smith.
The latitude of Roswell is 33.394N. The longitude is -104.522W.
It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 3,576 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 44,228.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Roswell demographic reports
Roswell is in the Pecos River Valley.
Former and merged names include:
· Rio Hondo
Roswell developed as a cattle center after the Civil War.
Thousands of German POWs were held here during World War II.
Robert H. Goddard conducted rocket experiments here.
Little League World Series champions, 1956
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 477. The number of murders and homicides was 7. The violent crime rate was 10.7 per 1,000 people.
Roswell received national attention for the 1947 crash of an object at first described by Air Force officials as a "flying disc." The military later said it was a research balloon, but believers in UFOs still speculate that an alien spacecraft crashed here.
Filming location for:
· 1993 movie, "Silent Tongue"
Well-known residents have included:
· John Denver, singer
· Demi Moore, actress
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- Chaves County 4-H & FFA Fair - July 30-Aug. 4, 2007
- UFO Festival - July 5-8, 2007
- Eastern New Mexico State Fair - Oct. 1-7, 2007
- Pecos Valley Jazz & Arts Festival - Oct. 12-14, 2007
Dates often change. Check Roswell web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Roswell Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation:
Bottomless Lake State Park, Spring River Trail
Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Historic sites and museums: Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico, General Douglas L. McBridge Military Museum, International UFO Museum and Research Center, Roswell Museum and Art Center, Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art
Colleges and universities:
Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus, New Mexico Military Institute
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
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Local index: 64
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Ancestry & family history
10% of Roswell residents report German ancestry, and 8% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Roswell ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Roswell was $14,589, compared with $21,587 nationally.
17% of Roswell residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Roswell festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- UFO Festival - J
- Pecos Valley Jazz & Arts Festival - O
- Eastern New Mexico State Fair - O
- Chaves County 4-H & FFA Fair - J
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Historic districts in Roswell include Downtown Roswell Historic District, New Mexico Military Institute Historic District, South Spring Ranch ... View historic districts
Median rent in Roswell, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $342. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $617.
Libraries in Roswell include Roswell Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Roswell include Roswell Daily Record
TV stations in Roswell include KBIM, KOBR, KRPV, KRWB.
Chaves County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Roswell political report.
The average commute time for Roswell workers is 16 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 3 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Roswell between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of .7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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