In a 2008 town hall, residents were asked what made Carrizozo unique. Their answers included, the friendliness of the people, the fact that it is a small, quiet town, its historic buildings and the climate.

It is not without common rural, small-town woes. Quiet can mean isolation, many of the historic buildings are falling into disrepair and, with few businesses, there are few job opportunities. On the other hand, the town is affordable and without restrictive zoning, has an ample supply of water, is actively working on its infrastructure and is welcoming to new-comers and new businesses. Best of all are the 360 degree views and climate.

In a 2008 Town Comprehensive Plan by Architectural Research Consultants, Inc., 68% of the population was satisfied with the services received by town employees. Those surveyed indicated that they were satisfied with fire protection, access to health care, conditions of town parks and solid waste services.

Land Use
Carrizozo has a mix of residential, commercial and civic buildings with most commercial buildings located on Central and 12th Street. Zoning is mainly C-1: Neighborhood Commercial and Services, C-2 Tourist-Oriented and Community Commercial and R-2: Apartment and Single Family Residential.

Property Value
In 2018, the median property value in Carrizozo grew to to $84,800 from the previous year’s value of $83,600.

Data from the Census Bureau ACS 5-year Estimate.

Property Taxes
In Carrizozo in 2018, the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

Data from the Census Bureau ACS 5-year Estimate.

According to the 2015 Carrizozo Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Designation Report, Carrizozo owns 834 acre-feet of water rights, mostly from wells. Three wells are capable of storing 1,250,000 gallons of water. Water does not require any disinfection at this time.

The sewage treatment plane was upgraded in 2007. Currently, the system is able to serve up to 20,000 people. Lines are made from clay tile and are in good condition.

Crime Rate
According to the crime index, the crime rate in Carrizozo in 2019 was 2.5 times lower than the U.S. average. The 2019 Carrizozo crime rate rose by 29% compared to 2017. In the last 5 years Carrizozo has seen rise of violent crime and decreasing property crime. According to FBI statistics released in September 2020, Carrizozo is safer than 43% of the cities in the United States.

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Health Care
The family practice clinic in Carrizozo is part of the Presbyterian Medical Group (PMG) and offers comprehensive health care for individuals and families. Financial assistance and a sliding scale based on family size and income are available.
Dental services are also available at the clinic and include exams, x-rays, cleaning, fillings, root canals, extractions, crowns, bridges, full and partial dentures. and other dental procedures. 
80.5% of the population of Carrizozo has health coverage, with 23.8% on employee plans, 19.5% on Medicaid, 24.6% on Medicare, 8.35% on non-group plans, and 4.24% on military or VA plans.

Data from the Census Bureau ACS 5-year Estimate.

Mild, dry and windy best describes the climate here. Carrizozo receives approximately 13 inches of rain and 8.8 inches of snow a year. Snow melts quickly with an average monthly snow depth of 0.