Location Profile

Roswell, New Mexico

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Roswell, New Mexico
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Hospital Overview

The healthcare provider is located in Roswell, New Mexico, and is one of the most extensive medical facilities in the region. Accredited by the Joint Commission and as a Family-Friendly Place to Work, it's a leader in care. Services, including emergency care, pediatrics, and wound care, are available; the facility also has several specialty clinics.

Community Overview

Roswell is a city (town) of around 46,220 people in New Mexico. It's known as the site of an alleged UFO crash, but the city's appeal goes beyond its claim to fame. Roswell is a great place to live because it is affordable, has good schools, and has many interesting things to do. The cost of living in Roswell is below the national average, and many affordable housing options are available. Roswell's also known for its events, such as the UFO Festival, held for over 70 years. 

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Cost of Living

Roswell's cost of living is 10% lower than the state average and 18% lower than the national average.  Some of its best prices are on groceries, housing, and utilities. Housing costs for Roswell are much lower than most areas in New Mexico, with 1-bedroom apartments at $818 a month on average. The costs for housing vary by lease terms, square feet, the property's location, amenities, and other factors.

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The public school district for the city is the Roswell Independent School District (RISD). RISD features an early learning center, 12 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, and 4 high schools.  All students within the district receive a healthy free breakfast and lunch as part of a state program. 

The district takes pride in its schools' comprehensive curriculums focused not only on core subjects with the core subjects such as language arts, math, and social studies but also creative subjects such as the arts. Its teachers' complete dedication to Roswell students has led to 2 National Blue Ribbon schools in the district. Of the high schools, 3 appear on the U.S. News and World Report's Best U.S. High Schools list.  Students have access to technology and educational resources, such as laptops, throughout every grade level.  

There are also 3 private schools in Roswell.

Roswell Public Library is one of the best educational sources in the city. The catalog features over 180,000 materials, including books, magazines, and media. Borrowers can sign up for a free library card once they're a resident of Roswell and enjoy instant access to hundreds of materials. The library also offers a complete calendar of programs for all ages, with storytime, craft hours, and game days.

Various youth programs in the community


Roswell's public transportation system is Roswell Transit, which provides daily scheduled bus service throughout the city. In addition to its fixed route system, Roswell Transit also offers a dial-a-ride service from 100 bus stops throughout the area to destinations such as medical centers, shopping, and schools.  Rideshare options, such as Lyft and Uber, are also part of the area. 

The city offers an airport, Roswell Air Center, with flights by American Airlines to domestic destinations in Colorado and Texas. 

Daily Driving in Roswell
  • The average commute in Roswell is 29.3 minutes
  • 75.1% of commuters drive their own vehicle

Nearby Cities

Roswell is entertaining on its own, but when you need more fun and culture, you can venture to several nearby cities with ease. 

Artesia, New Mexico - You only need to take the easy drive of 40.6 miles/65.32 KM along US Highway 285 S to reach Artesia, New Mexico, in 43 minutes. Artesia is an oil production town and celebrates its history with a set of street sculptures that will certainly capture your attention. After you view the sculptures, you can learn about Artesia's founding, the local Native American population, and ranch life at the Artesia Historical Museum. Next door to the museum is its art gallery, which hosts art shows of both local works and traveling exhibits. Artesisa's art scene also includes the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, so take in a show if you have time. 

Carlsbad, New Mexico  - The New Mexico desert city Carlsbad is near Roswell, located a little more than an hour away. Once again, you can take US Highway 285 S to reach your destination of just 76 miles/122 KM.  Carlsbad is largely known for the famous Carlsbad Caverns National Park, home to over 100 caves. If you visit the park, you can tour the cavern on your own or opt for a ranger-guided tour. If you want a hike, you can't get better than a desert hike to witness the majesty of the Guadalupe Mountains and the Chihuahuan Desert. You can also visit the Visitor Center to learn about the area and watch a mini-documentary on the park, or even join a ranger on a night bat tour under the starry skies. If you're curious about wildlife beyond the bats, visit the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, as it showcases 40 species of animals native to the Chihuahuan Desert. Carlsbad Museum is also another great place to visit, especially if you're interested in history, thanks to the range of Southwest artifacts the museum has on display. 

Clovis, New Mexico - US Highway 70 W, a nice 110 mile/ 177 KM scenic drive, takes you to Clovis in just under 2 hours. Music fans flock to this city to see the legacy of Norman and Vi Petty, one of the early rock-and-roll founders. Clovis features the Norman & Vi Petty Rock 'N' Roll Museum, a glitzy 1950s space dedicated to their work in music, with hundreds of artifacts from their work with favorites like Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison. The Norman Petty Recording Studios are also open to the public by appointment. Other attractions in Clovis include Hooks Alley bowling center, RollerWorld skating rink, and the Windrush Alpaca Farm.

Local and Nearby Attractions

Roswell is known as the site of a rumored crash of an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) and attracts attention from all over the world, which means it has a great eclectic vibe.

There are a variety of shopping options in the city, ranging from chain stores to small, independent shops. The city contains 2 major grocery stores, Albertsons and Walmart, and several smaller grocery and specialty food stores, such as Farmer's Market. Roswell has clothing, home goods, specialty, and Target stores. The city's downtown area has many unique shops and boutiques, while the Roswell Mall offers a more traditional shopping experience. Roswell has quirky stores, such as Hangar 209, Alien Zone, and Invasion Station, for all your space-themed needs, thanks to its notoriety of the UFO crash. 

Much of Roswell's attractions center around space and UFOs.  If you want to see the stars, visit the Robert H. Goddard Planetarium to see their film and star presentation program, while Spaceport Roswell will let you take a virtual reality trip into outer space. Don't miss the International UFO Museum and Research Center and Gift Shop, which takes you back to that 1947 crash with displays, military records, and witness accounts. However, Roswell also has several museums that are just as engaging without the space themes. The Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art is an expansive museum that's free to visit, with 12 galleries and more than 500 pieces of art. Roswell Museum covers hundreds of years of American Southwest history through artwork, documents, photographs, and other exhibits.  Miniatures are the focus at the Miniature and Curious Collections Museum, a delightful collection of vintage and antique miniatures, dollhouse furniture, and other small things. Other area museums include the Walker Aviation Museum, the General Douglas L McBride Military Museum, and Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico. 

Roswell, New Mexico, is an ideal place for outdoor recreation.  The Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most serene spots in the state and is perfect for birdwatching, hiking, auto tours, and biking.  Bottomless Lakes State Park is also nearby and features rich, vibrant water, perfect for fishing, swimming, and scuba diving. The park's lakes are actually sinkholes of varying depths. Within Roswell city parks, you'll find plenty of green space and amenities, such as sports fields, recreation centers, and playgrounds.  You can also visit the J Kenneth Smith Bird Sanctuary and Nature Center to learn about local feathered friends.

Online and Nearby International Communities

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Filipino restaurants and markets

Religious Centers

One can find information on religious communities in the United States through:

  • Religious websites or directories: Church Finder and Church Angel
  • Social media groups or pages dedicated to a particular religion or city
  • Local community centers or mosques/temples/churches
  • Online forums or discussion groups
  • Ask for recommendations from friends or acquaintances who live in the area
  • Community event listings or local news websites


Roswell, New Mexico has a semi-arid climate, with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. The coldest month is January, and its warmest month is July. The average annual rainfall is 16 inches/406 mm. However, the city experiences a lot of sunshine, with an average of 279 days per year, more than the national average of 205 sunny days. 

Average Roswell Temperatures:
  • Annual:28ºF to 95ºF / -2.22ºC  to 35ºC
  • December: Low of 22ºF/-5.55ºC  and High of 55°F /12.78ºC  
  • July: Low of 65ºF/18.33ºC and High of 95ºF /33º C

Crime Rate

Roswell is safe for families, and its crime rate is comparable to most cities of its size. 

  • Link to Police Dept
  • Safest neighborhoods: Center Mill, Diamante Mill, Roswell East, Roswell West

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