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Welcome to Mesilla ...

The town of Mesilla is located in southwest New Mexico.

Mesilla is located in Dona Ana County<1>.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Mesilla has a population of 1,844 people<2> (see below for details).

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

The community of Mesilla is 3,880 feet [1,183 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the altitude of Mesilla is about ¾ mile [or ~1¼ km] above sea level.

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

The telephone area code for Mesilla: (575)

The ZIP code for Mesilla: 88046<4>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Mesilla had an population of 1,844 people. This is a decrease of 16.03% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 15.41% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Mesilla had a population of 2,196 people. This makes Mesilla the county's 3rd most populous community.

The population of Mesilla represents 0.11% of the total population of New Mexico (which has 2,059,179 people), making it the state's 45th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 2,196 people, the population of Mesilla has remained roughly the same as the 2000 Census (with a count of 2,180 people).

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

Communities near Mesilla ...

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

  • Las Cruces (4 miles [6.4 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Las Cruces
    • Las Cruces lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<5> to the north of Mesilla and is located in Dona Ana County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 105,096 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Las Cruces
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Las Cruces<6>
  • San Ysidro (5 miles [8 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for San Ysidro
    • San Ysidro lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the north of Mesilla and is located in Dona Ana County
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on San Ysidro
  • Dona Ana (8 miles [12.9 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dona Ana
    • Dona Ana lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the north of Mesilla and is located in Dona Ana County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dona Ana have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dona Ana
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dona Ana<6>
  • Mesquite (9 miles [14.5 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mesquite
    • Mesquite lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the southeast of Mesilla and is located in Dona Ana County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mesquite have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mesquite
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mesquite<6>
  • Spaceport City (10 miles [16.1 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spaceport City
    • Spaceport City lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the northeast of Mesilla and is located in Dona Ana County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Spaceport City have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spaceport City
  • Hill (11 miles [17.7 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hill
    • Hill lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the north of Mesilla and is located in Dona Ana County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hill
  • La Mesa (11 miles [17.7 km] to the southeast)
  • Leasburg (13 miles [20.9 km] to the northwest) - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Leasburg
    • Leasburg was located 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the northwest of Mesilla and is located in Dona Ana County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Leasburg have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Vado (13 miles [20.9 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vado
    • Vado lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the southeast of Mesilla and is located in Dona Ana County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Vado have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vado
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Vado<6>
  • Organ (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast) - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Organ
    • Organ was located 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> to the northeast of Mesilla and is located in Dona Ana 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 Mesilla. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Mesilla.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Mesilla. 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 Mesilla.

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

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Mesilla ...

Looking for more information about Mesilla? 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 Mesilla, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Mesilla.

Adding Mesilla to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Mesilla 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 Mesilla was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

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

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

The official website for Dona Ana County: www.co.dona-ana.nm.us/

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 Dona Ana, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Mesilla.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Mesilla - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a town (such as Mesilla). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Mesilla or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Mesilla) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Mesilla. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from MesillaOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mesilla. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.2735, Longitude: -106.7959    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>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.




 

 

 

 

 


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