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Welcome to Capitan ...

The village of Capitan is located in southeast New Mexico.

Capitan is located in Lincoln County<1>.

The location of Capitan has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Capitan has a population of 1,440 people<3> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Capitan.

The community of Capitan is 6,640 feet [2,024 m] above sea level.<4> In other words, the altitude of Capitan is 1¼ mile [or ~2 km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Capitan lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for Capitan: (575)

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Capitan had an population of 1,440 people. This is a decrease of 3.29% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 0.21% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Capitan had a population of 1,489 people (which is 7.26% of the total population of Lincoln County). This makes Capitan the county's 3rd most populous community.

The population of Capitan represents 0.07% of the population of New Mexico (which has 2,059,179 people), making it the state's 53rd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 1,489 people, the population of Capitan increased 3.19% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 1,443 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Capitan.

Communities Also Named Capitan ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 2 communities that are also named Capitan - they are located in California and Louisiana.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Capitan.

Communities near Capitan ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Capitan.

  • Ruidoso [Lincoln County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ruidoso
    • Ruidoso [Lincoln County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the south of Capitan
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,061 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ruidoso
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ruidoso<6>
  • Ruidoso Downs [Lincoln County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ruidoso Downs
    • Ruidoso Downs [Lincoln County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the south of Capitan
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,631 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ruidoso Downs have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ruidoso Downs
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ruidoso Downs<6>
  • Carrizozo [Lincoln County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carrizozo
    • Carrizozo [Lincoln County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the northwest of Capitan
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 950 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carrizozo
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Carrizozo<6>
  • Fort Stanton [Lincoln County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Stanton
    • Fort Stanton [Lincoln County] was located 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the southeast of Capitan
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Nogal [Lincoln County]
    • Bonito [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bonito
      • Bonito [Lincoln County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the southwest of Capitan
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bonito
    • Alto [Lincoln County]
    • Sierra Vista [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sierra Vista
      • Sierra Vista [Lincoln County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the southwest of Capitan
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sierra Vista
    • Alpine Cellars Village [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alpine Cellars Village
      • Alpine Cellars Village [Lincoln County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the southwest of Capitan
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alpine Cellars Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alpine Cellars Village
    • Glencoe [Lincoln County]

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Capitan. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Capitan.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Capitan. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Capitan.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Capitan. Our list includes 5 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Capitan.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Capitan ...

Looking for more information about Capitan? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Capitan, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Capitan.

Adding Capitan to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Capitan in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Capitan was on a map titled Map of Arizona and New Mexico (from Rand McNally, 1925).

We also found Capitan on a map titled Rand McNally Map of New Mexico (1951).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Capitan on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Capitan. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of New Mexico: www.newmexico.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of New Mexico's counties, including Lincoln, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Capitan.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Capitan - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Capitan) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Capitan. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from CapitanOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Capitan. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5395, Longitude: -105.5985       In this case, the coordinates for Capitan have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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