Belen, one of three cities located in the Albuquerque MSA, is Spanish for Bethlehem. While New Mexico was still a territory, Belen became known as the “Hub City” because of the Belen Cutoff of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. Over 100 trains continue to move through Belen each day.
According to the 2000 Census, The population was 6,901.
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