Hatch is a village located in Doa Ana County, New Mexico. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 1,673. The town is experiencing moderate growth, along with its suburbs of Salem, Arrey, Derry, and Rincon. As Las Cruces expands north, and Truth or Consequences expand south, Hatch will get more and more retail establishments and hotels.
Hatch enjoys the distinction of being the home of "The World's Best Chile Pepper", according to a report by the BBC World news. Hatch Chile is best prepared by roasting over an open flame. Each year during chile season, dozens of chile vendors can be found lining the streets of Hatch roasting the local chile.
The Hatch Chile Festival is an annual event that occurs each Labor Day. This even attracts people world wide to a place known as the chile capital of the world. This small farming community is known world wide for raising very good chile. Other crops such as onions, cotton, and corn are also raised there. Irrigation of local farms is accomplished by water wells as well as irrigation ditches which divert water from the Rio Grande river and two lakes approximately 20 miles north of Hatch named Caballo (Spanish for Horse) and Elephant Butte (named after a rock formation in the middle of the lake that looks similar to an elephant) Hatch is 40 miles north of Las Cruces, New Mexico on Interstate 25.
Hatch is located at 32°39'54" North, 107°9'31" West (32.664919, -107.158668).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 8.0 km2 (3.1 mi2). 8.0 km2 (3.1 mi2) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water.
The village is located just off I-25 about 40 miles northwest of Las Cruces, NM and approximately 80 miles northwest of El Paso, TX.
As of the census of 2000, there are 1,673 people, 538 households, and 402 families residing in the village. The population density is 208.4/km2 (540.2/mi2). There are 635 housing units at an average density of 79.1/km2 (205.0/mi2). The racial makeup of the village is 46.03% White, 0.36% African American, 0.96% Native American, 0.00% Asian, 0.24% Pacific Islander, 50.03% from other races, and 2.39% from two or more races. 79.20% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 538 households out of which 43.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.7% are married couples living together, 14.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 25.1% are non-families. 20.6% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 3.11 and the average family size is 3.63.
In the village the population is spread out with 35.7% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 17.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 30 years. For every 100 females there are 94.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 93.9 males.
The median income for a household in the village is $21,250, and the median income for a family is $23,819. Males have a median income of $21,923 versus $17,188 for females. The per capita income for the village is $14,619. 34.5% of the population and 28.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 50.1% of those under the age of 18 and 14.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.