Belen has the 3050th largest population in the United States. The population shrank by 1.7% from 2010 to 2015, which was slower than the national average. Belen is part of the Albuquerque metro area. Unemployment in the Albuquerque area is 5%, which is higher than the national average, and is getting better. Albuquerque has the 64th largest local economy in the US, and a low cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Belen is below average at $44,440, and the median cost of a home in Belen is $102,000, which is below the national average. 12% of workers in Belen hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 75% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Belen. 81% of Belen workers drive to work alone, 1% take public transit, 10% carpool, and 7% walk. People in Belen spend an average of 23 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.