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Welcome to Truth or Consequences ...

The city of Truth or Consequences is located in southwest New Mexico.

Truth or Consequences is located in Sierra County<1> and is the County Seat for Sierra County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Truth or Consequences has a population of 5,788 people<2> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Truth or Consequences.

Going back to its beginning, The community of Truth or Consequences was originally named Hot Springs. For more information about the names of Truth or Consequences, see The Names of Truth or Consequences on our Genealogy Page.

Truth or Consequences is 4,790 feet [1,460 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the elevation of Truth or Consequences is about 1 mile [or ~1½ km] above sea level.

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

The telephone area code for Truth or Consequences: (575)

The ZIP code for Truth or Consequences: 87901<4>

Websites for Truth or Consequences ...

Official Website: www.ci.truth-or-consequences.nm.us/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Truth or Consequences had an population of 5,788 people. This is a decrease of 10.61% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 20.59% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Truth or Consequences had a population of 6,475 people (or 54.01% of the total population of Sierra County). This makes Truth or Consequences the county's most populous community.

The population of Truth or Consequences represents 0.31% of the population of New Mexico (which has 2,059,179 people), making it the state's 30th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 6,475 people, the population of Truth or Consequences decreased 11.17% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 7,289 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Truth or Consequences.

Communities near Truth or Consequences ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Truth or Consequences.

  • Las Palomas (5 miles [8 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Las Palomas
    • Las Palomas lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the southwest of Truth or Consequences and is located in Sierra County
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Las Palomas
  • Rock Canyon (6 miles [9.7 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rock Canyon
    • Rock Canyon lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the north of Truth or Consequences and is located in Sierra County
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rock Canyon
  • Cuchillo (9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cuchillo
    • Cuchillo lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the northwest of Truth or Consequences and is located in Sierra County
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cuchillo
  • Caballo (11 miles [17.7 km] to the south)
  • Cutter (13 miles [20.9 km] to the east) - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cutter
    • Cutter was located 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the east of Truth or Consequences and is located in Sierra County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cutter have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Arrey (20 miles [32.2 km] to the south)
  • Hillsboro (23 miles [37 km] to the southwest)
  • Garfield (26 miles [41.8 km] to the south)
  • Salem (29 miles [46.7 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Salem
    • Salem lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<5> to the south of Truth or Consequences and is located in Dona Ana County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Salem have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Salem
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Salem<6>
  • Hatch (33 miles [53.1 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hatch
    • Hatch lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<5> to the south of Truth or Consequences and is located in Dona Ana County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,678 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hatch have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hatch
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hatch<6>

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 Truth or Consequences. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Truth or Consequences.

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

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Truth or Consequences. See our Newspapers Page for Truth or Consequences.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Truth or Consequences ...

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

Adding Truth or Consequences to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Truth or Consequences 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 Truth or Consequences was on a map titled Map of New Mexico (from Rand McNally, 1951).

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

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About Sierra County

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The official website for Truth or Consequences: www.ci.truth-or-consequences.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 Sierra, 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 Truth or Consequences.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Truth or Consequences - 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 city (such as Truth or Consequences). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Truth or Consequences 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 'straight-line' (or 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- Truth or Consequences) 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 Truth or Consequences. 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 Truth or ConsequencesOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Truth or Consequences. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1338, Longitude: -107.2496    
<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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