City of Belen

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Belen is centrally located in the State of New Mexico along the Rio Grande Valley in Valencia County. Located only 30 miles south of Albuquerque but still within the Metro area, this family friendly, semi-rural community is experiencing a remarkable growth spurt. The City of Belen residents enjoy:

  • A low cost of living and affordable housing stock
  • A mild, four-season climate with low humidity
  • Easy access to some of New Mexico's best outdoor recreation, including the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge
  • Small city charm with quick access to Albuquerque and Santa Fe via Interstate 25 or the NM RailRunner Express commuter train

Belen has been recognized as a Hub City and a great place to do business offering:

  • An ideal location to move products and services, with a growing municipal airport, BNSF Rail line transcontinental hub, easy highway access, and a transportation route to Mexico
  • Low-cost industrial sites
  • A variety of industrial parks, ideally suited for small to large manufacturers and high tech industries
  • Easy access to supplies and services within the greater Metro NM area

Belen at a Glance

Area 4.7 square miles
Population (2013 estimate)

7,646 (Belen)
77,633 (Valencia County)

Labor Force Size (August 2013) 30,249 (Valencia County)
Median Age (2013 estimate) 38.6
Median Household Income (2013 estimate) $33,329

Largest Employers

Target Industries

  • Manufacturing
    • Keter Plastics: Keter (main headquarter in Israel) is one of the largest international plastics manfucturers in the world and a market leader in quality plastic home and outdoor storage solutions. The Belen site is Keter’s Western United States headquarters with warehousing and shipping facilities of 165,000 SF and resin plastics molding plant of 80,000 (Phase 1). Keter has employed over 100 full time people since October 2017.

  • Renewable Energy
  • Warehouse/Distribution


  • Ground: Three access points to Interstate 25 (north-south), and 35 miles south of Interstate 40(east-west)
  • Air: Belen Alexander Municipal Airport, for general aviation and private aircraft
  • Train, Freight: Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railroad is based in Belen
  • Train, Commuter: The NM RailRunner Express connect Belen to Los Lunas, Albuquerque, Bernalillo and Santa Fe to the the north.


  • The average sales price for a single-family home in 2009 was $114,107
  • Belen offers a variety of housing options, from farm and horse properties to historic homes and new subdivisions


Additional Resources


To learn more about the benefits of doing business in Belen, please contact the City of Belen.

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Albuquerque, NM 87102
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