Roswell, New Mexico

Roswell: A city in Chaves County, New Mexico. It is located in the southeastern part of the state. Roswell is known for its many parks and green spaces, its many historical sites, and its many attractions, such as the International UFO Museum and Research Center and the Roswell Museum and Art Center.


Roswell is a city located in the county of Chaves in the U.S. state of New Mexico. Its population at the 2010 census was 48,366 and a population density of 624 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 47,596 inhabitants.

The city was created 155 years ago in 1868.

Roswell sits in the southeastern quarter of New Mexico. The town was established in 1877 following construction of the Santa Fe Railroad through the valley. Early settlers were drawn by potential for ranching and commerce.

Roswell later gained fame in 1947 when a mysterious object crashed nearby in what became known as the Roswell UFO Incident. Though often dismissed, this event put Roswell on the map.

Major Areas and Attractions

Some key areas and sites around Roswell include:

  • Downtown Roswell - The historic heart of the city featuring classic brick architecture, shops, and restaurants.
  • International UFO Museum - Major museum dedicated to the 1947 incident and ufology.
  • Roswell Museum and Art Center - Showcases exhibits on regional history, art galleries, and a planetarium.
  • Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge - Wetland area with hiking trails and abundant bird watching.

Things to Do in Roswell

Top activities and attractions to enjoy:

  • Learning all about the alleged UFO crash at the International UFO Museum and Research Center.
  • Exploring downtown's shops, cafes, and historic Chaves County Courthouse.
  • Discovering the sciences at the Roswell Museum and Art Center's Planetarium.
  • Spotting birds and wildlife at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Attending the annual Roswell UFO Festival celebrating the city's extraterrestrial connections.

Roswell offers a unique blend of Old West history, modern amenities, and its infamous association with potential alien activity. There's something for everyone, especially sci-fi lovers!

Roswell locator map
Location of Roswell on New Mexico map.

Quick Facts about Roswell

Population : 47,596 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : New Mexico (United States)
County : Chaves County
Twitter username : RoswellNM_Govt
Postal code : 88201–88203
Phone Area Codes : 575
Area : 77.48 km2
Altitude : 3,573 feet / 1089 meters
Capital city : Roswell is capital of Chaves County
Establishment : January 01, 1869 (155 years ago)
Time Zone : Mountain Time Zone
Local time : 03:32:39 (15th April 2024)
Density : 614 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : -1.62% (2010-2020)
Roswell NM Main Street image
Roswell NM Main Street
Roswell NM Main Street image


Roswell is located at 33°23'40"N 104°31'30"W (33.3943700, -104.5249100).

Roswell map


According to census records, the population of Roswell decreased by 1.62% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 48,366 - census
2011 48,442 0.16% estimation process
2012 48,426 -0.03% estimation process
2013 48,594 0.35% estimation process
2014 48,438 -0.32% estimation process
2015 48,443 0.01% estimation process
2016 48,283 -0.33% estimation process
2017 47,938 -0.72% estimation process
2018 47,532 -0.85% estimation process
2019 47,551 0.04% estimation process
2020 47,596 0.09% estimation process

Roswell zip code is 88201. County name: Chaves, County fips: 35005

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People born in Roswell (48)

People born in Roswell, including singer, songwriter, activist, and humanitarian John Denver, racecar driver Ray Crawford, spiritualist J. Z. Knight, .


  • George Young (American former track and field athlete and college coach) he was born in 24/07/1937
  • Bill Smith (American poker player) he was born in 14/03/1934
  • Joe Skeen (American politician (1927-2003)) he was born in 30/06/1927
  • Austin St. John (American actor) he was born in 17/09/1974
  • Susan Graham (singer) she was born in 23/07/1960
  • Tom Brookshier (American football player and coach (1931-2010)) he was born in 16/12/1931
  • Liz Parker (fictional character and the protagonist of the Roswell High book series and Roswell T.V. series) she was born in 01/01/1983
  • Daniel R. Foley (American politician)
  • David Gilman (American luger and canoeist) he was born in 06/12/1954
  • DonTrell Moore (American football player) he was born in 25/09/1982
  • Doris Hill (actress (1905-1976)) she was born in 21/03/1905
  • Juan Guerrero Burciaga (United States federal judge) he was born in 17/08/1929
  • Kim Douglas Wiggins (artist) he was born in 08/04/1959
  • Kyle Valenti (Fictional character of the Roswell franchise) he was born in 01/01/1984
  • Lefty Scott (American baseball player) he was born in 15/07/1915
  • Maria DeLuca (Fictional character of the Roswell franchise) she was born in 01/01/1983
  • Michael Levitt (television producer) he was born in 13/03/1968
  • Peter Guttman (American photographer)

Schools in Roswell

College & universities near Roswell, NM

Code Name City ZIP
187912 New Mexico Military Institute Roswell (NM) 88201-5173

Post offices near Roswell

Post Office Name City ZIP
Roswell 2 Post Office Roswell (NM) 88201

Other places with the same name (4)

  • Roswell , Georgia A city in Fulton County, Georgia. It is located in the northern part of the county. Roswell is known for its many parks and green spaces, its many historical sites, and its many attractions, such as the Roswell Mill and the Roswell Historical Society. with a population of 95,434 people.
  • Roswell , Ohio city in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, United States of America with a population of 212 people.
  • Roswell , South Dakota town in South Dakota, United States of America with a population of 69 people.

Other cities in Chaves County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Chaves County , NM.

City Name Population Title
Dexter 1,244 Town in Chaves County, New Mexico, United States
Hagerman 1,226 City in Gooding County, Idaho, United States
Lake Arthur 422 Human settlement in Chaves County, New Mexico, United States of America

Distance to Other Cities

Roswell distances to largest New Mexico cities