Belen is the second most populous city in Valencia County, New Mexico, United States, after its county seat, Los Lunas. The population was 7,152 in 2015 census data.
Belen is Spanish for Bethlehem but gained the nickname "The Hub City". The city is geographically near the center of New Mexico and has been a significant transportation hub for central New Mexico that includes access to rail, the interstate highway and air at Valencia County's only public airport.
Belen is at the southern end of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is located 35 miles south of Albuquerque.
Belen is located at 34°39′56″N 106°46′34″W (34.665587, -106.776225). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.7 square miles (12 km²), all land. The city lies in the Albuquerque Basin on the west bank of the Rio Grande.
As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 6,901 people, 2,596 households, and 1,778 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,463.1 people per square mile (564.5/km²). There were 2,952 housing units at an average density of 625.9 per square mile (241.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 67.50% White, 1.07% African American, 1.65% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 25.39% from other races, and 4.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 68.61% of the population.
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