Alamogordo, county seat of Otero County, New Mexico, is the micropolitan center of the Tularosa Basin. The city is the commercial and governmental center for the county. Alamogordo is a thriving center of 35,000+ residents. The city’s mild climate and pristine scenery offer its people an ambiance that enriches their quality of life. The Tularosa Basin is surrounded by the majestic Organ, San Andres and Sacramento Mountain ranges.
Alamogordo was founded in 1898 as a terminal for the railroad. The community’s activities promoted the growth of logging, tourism and health related enterprises. A national survey rated Alamogordo as one of the 50 healthiest places to live in the U.S. The basic beginnings are still in place. Many of the early buildings are still occupied by businesses. Tourism related activity and light manufacturing contribute to the economy. White Sands National Monument is a major attraction as are the New Mexico Museum of Space History and the Lincoln National Forest.
Holloman Air Force Base, the area’s largest employer, is located near Alamogordo, and is the home of the F-16, the German Air Force in the U.S., and the High Speed Test Track. The U.S. Army installation near Alamogordo is the second largest overland testing range in the world. As the birthplace of the U.S. rocket program in the 1940s, today White Sands Missile Range is the testing site for the reusable rocket and numerous Department of Defense research and evaluation programs. The City of Alamogordo is closely linked to both Holloman and White Sands, both of whom represent a combined impact of military civilian annual payroll of more than $200 million and an economic impact of more than $450 million to the local economy.