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Socorro is a city in Socorro County.
It is the county seat.
The community name derives from Spanish for "help."
The latitude of Socorro is 34.058N. The longitude is -106.89W. It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 4,603 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 8,708.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Socorro demographic reports
Socorro is on the Rio Grande.
Socorro was a silver boom town in the 1880s.
Filming location for:
· 1997 movie, "Contact"
· 1996 movie, "Independence Day"
Local festivals include:
- Socorro County Fair - Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2007
- Socorro Fest - Oct. 13, 2007
- Oktoberfest - Oct. 6, 2007
- San Miguel Fiesta - Sept. 28-30, 2007
- Alamo Indian Days - Oct. 12-13, 2007
- Rio Fest International Environmental Film Festival - Jan. 19-20, 2007
- Festival of the Cranes - Nov. 12-18, 2007
Dates often change. Check Socorro web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation:
Escondida Lake Park, San Lorenzo Canyon, Water Canyon
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge
Popular site for Mountain biking
Historic routes: El Camino Real
Colleges and universities:
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
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.)
Listed places near Socorro
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Sections below provide additional information and links about Socorro demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Socorro County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 87801 ZIP code.
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Ancestry & family history
11% of Socorro residents report German ancestry, and 7% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Socorro ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Socorro was $13,250, compared with $21,587 nationally.
25% of Socorro residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Socorro festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Socorro County Fair - A
- Alamo Indian Days - O
- Socorro Fest - O
- Rio Fest International Environmental Film Festival - J
- Oktoberfest - O
- Festival of the Cranes - N
- San Miguel Fiesta - S
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Median rent in Socorro, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $283. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $856.
Libraries in Socorro include Socorro Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Socorro include Socorro El Defensor Chieftain, Socorro Mountain Mail
Socorro County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Socorro political report.
The average commute time for Socorro workers is 16 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
Hotels in Socorro include Days Inn, Econo Lodge Socorro, Holiday Inn Express Socorro, Motel 6.
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