Rio Arriba County is home to approximately 40,000 citizens (2010 census data) and boasts a wealth of natural protected areas, including Valles Caldera National Preserve and Carson National Forest. The City of Española is the heart of commerce for Rio Arriba County, but numerous opportunities for entrepreneurs exist throughout the entire County.
Economic Development Director
Assistant County Manager
- In 2012 the US Census Bureau estimated the population of Rio Arriba to be 40,318 people. It is estimated that there are 15,000 households, and 10,800 families residing in the county.
- The racial makeup of the county is estimated to be: 51.6% White; 0.5% Black; 16.0% Native American; 0.4% Asian; 0.0% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander; 3.3% Two or more races; 28.2% Other races; 71.3% Hispanic or Latino (of any race)