Live In Socorro

There are many benefits to living in the city of Socorro!
We have compiled a few here for your convenience.

Physical Environment

The County of Socorro is beautiful by any standard. It is New Mexico’s third largest county in area, covering 6,625 square miles. Its Southwestern landscape is painted with earth tones. Semi-arid plains and wild grasses can be seen within the county’s four mountain ranges. Socorro is divided by the second longest river in the United States, the Rio Grande, traveling 1,900 miles from the Continental Divide in Colorado to the tropical delta at the Gulf of Mexico. The City of Socorro, the county seat, is a technical and industrial haven set in a spacious, breathtaking environment. Cibola National Forest and Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge connect with the surrounding desert environment. Conveniently located on Interstate 25, Socorro is only an hour away from New Mexico’s largest commercial center, Albuquerque. At the same time, the air is fresh, the water is pure, and the mountains rise on the horizon – industry and technology right next door to a vast wilderness area.


Nestled at the base of the western slope of the Magdalena and Ladron mountain ranges, Socorro is protected from the harsh high desert winds and inclement weather. Situated on one of the widest spots of the Rio Grande in New Mexico, and surrounded by mountain peaks reaching over 10,000 feet, the city enjoys a near-perfect four season climate.


Socorro has four elementary schools, one junior high school, one high school and one charter school in its public school system. The Socorro Consolidated School District continues to make positive changes and updates to its infrastructure/equipment/curricula to improve the quality of education for youth. The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NM Tech) plays a vital role in the community. It is an important educational and research site that is a source of many of the area’s jobs and serves over 2,000 students. NM

Tech is a state supported institution offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in science, engineering, and technical fields. Internationally renown, NM Tech is continually rated in the top national universities by Money Magazine and the Princeton Review. The New Mexico State Fire Academy prepares men and women for challenging positions. Training in firefighting and lifesaving techniques takes place on its campus on the west side of Socorro.


Socorro is a smaller semi-rural community where residents are extremely friendly. Single family housing costs are both lower and more stable than larger cities. Houses in Socorro range from historical adobe (mud brick) houses to modern high-efficiency homes.


The Socorro General Hospital is well-equipped to provide a full range of medical services, including family practice, surgery, obstetrics, intensive care, radiology, pathology, urology, cardiology, ophthalmology, and diagnostic services. Opened in 1984, the 32-bed facility is accredited through the Joint Commission of Health Care Organizations. More than ten physicians and three dentists attend to the medical needs of Socorro. Good Samaritan Village is a nursing home providing care to the elderly and infirm. An extensive choice of medical specialists and facilities in Albuquerque also provide health care for central New Mexico.