Lea County, New Mexico

Lea County is a county located in the state of New Mexico in the United States. It has 64 727 inhabitants. The administrative headquarters ( County Seat) is Lovington.

Geography

The county has an area of ​​11,380 square kilometers; 3 of them are square kilometers (0.02 percent) of water. The county is bordered clockwise to the County: Roosevelt County, Cochran County ( Texas), Andrews County ( Texas), Gaines County ( Texas), Yoakum County ( Texas), Winkler County ( Texas), Loving County ( Texas), Eddy County and Chaves County.

Demographic data

2000

According to the census of 2000, there were 55 511 people in the county. There were 19,699 households, and 14,715 families. The population density was 5 people per square kilometer. The racial the population was composed of 67.13 % White, 4.37 % African American, 0.99 % Native American, 0.39 % Asian, 0.04 % Pacific Islander residents from the and 23.81 % from other races groups; 3.27% were descended from two or more races. 39.65% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 19,699 households out of which 39.30 % have children under the age of 18 living with them. 57.80 % were married couples living together, 12.20% had a female householder with no husband. 25.30 % were non-families. 22.50% of all households and 9.90% had someone living alone at the age of 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.20 persons.

Based on the county the population was spread out with 30.10 % under the age of 18, 10.10 % from 18 to 24, 27.30 % from 25 to 44 years, 20.30% between 45 and 64 years and 12.20% were 65 years old or older. The average age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 100.30 males to 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.00 males.

The median income for a household was $ 29,799, and the median income for a family was $ 34,665. Males have a median income of $ 32,005, women $ 20,922. The per capita income was $ 14,184. 21.10% of the population and 17.30 % of families are below the poverty line. 28.00 % of those under age 18 and 14.90% were 65 years or older.

Cities and Towns

  • Eunice
  • Hobbs
  • Jal
  • Lovington
  • Tatum
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