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Curry County
Curry County Courthouse in Clovis
Curry County Courthouse in Clovis
Flag of Curry County
Map of New Mexico highlighting Curry County
Location within the U.S. state of New Mexico
Map of the United States highlighting New Mexico
New Mexico's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  New Mexico
Founded February 25, 1909
Named for George Curry
Seat Clovis
Largest city Clovis
 • Total 1,408 sq mi (3,650 km2)
 • Land 1,405 sq mi (3,640 km2)
 • Water 3.2 sq mi (8 km2)  0.2%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density 34/sq mi (13/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district 3rd

Curry County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Mexico. As of the 2010 census, its population was 48,376. Its county seat is Clovis. The county is named in honor of George Curry, territorial governor of New Mexico from 1907 to 1910.

Curry County comprises the Clovis, New Mexico micropolitan statistical area, which is also included in the Clovis–Portales combined statistical area. It is located on the far eastern state line, adjacent to Texas, forming part of the region of Eastern New Mexico.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,408 square miles (3,650 km2), of which 1,405 square miles (3,640 km2) is land and 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2) (0.2%) is water. It is the fourth-smallest county in New Mexico by area.

Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 11,443
1920 11,236 −1.8%
1930 15,809 40.7%
1940 18,159 14.9%
1950 23,351 28.6%
1960 32,691 40.0%
1970 39,517 20.9%
1980 42,019 6.3%
1990 42,207 0.4%
2000 45,044 6.7%
2010 48,376 7.4%
2019 (est.) 48,954 1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2016

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, 48,376 people, 18,015 households, and 12,341 families were living in the county. The population density was 34.4 inhabitants per square mile (13.3/km2). The 20,062 housing units averaged 14.3/sq mi (5.5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 69.7% white, 6.3% African American, 1.3% Asian, 1.2% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 17.2% from other races, and 4.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 39.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 11.2% were German, 11.0% were American, 8.0% were Irish, and 6.7% were English.

Of the 18,015 households, 37.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.5% were not families, and 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.63, and the average family size was 3.18. The median age was 31.5 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,090 and for a family was $48,933. Males had a median income of $35,743 versus $26,585 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,925. About 15.5% of families and 20.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.9% of those under age 18 and 13.5% of those age 65 or over.


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St. Vrain Post Office
Bellview New Mexico Post Office 2010
Bellview Post office
Grier New Mexico Grain Elevator 2011
Grier grain elevator



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