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Hidalgo County
Hidalgo County courthouse in Lordsburg
Hidalgo County courthouse in Lordsburg
Map of New Mexico highlighting Hidalgo 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 January 1, 1920
Named for Villa de Guadalupe Hidalgo
Seat Lordsburg
Largest city Lordsburg
Area
 • Total 3,446 sq mi (8,930 km2)
 • Land 3,437 sq mi (8,900 km2)
 • Water 9.1 sq mi (24 km2)  0.3%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2019)
4,198
 • Density 1.4/sq mi (0.5/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district 2nd

Hidalgo County (Spanish: Condado de Hidalgo) is the southernmost county of the U.S. state of New Mexico. As of the 2010 census, the population was 4,894. The county seat and largest city is Lordsburg. A bill creating Hidalgo from the southern part of Grant County was passed on February 25, 1919, taking effect at the beginning of 1920. The county was named for the town north of Mexico City where the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed, which in turn was named for Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the priest who is known as the "Father of Mexican Independence." The county is located on the Mexico–United States border.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,446 square miles (8,930 km2), of which 3,437 square miles (8,900 km2) is land and 9.1 square miles (24 km2) (0.3%) is water. The southern part of the county, the part bounded on the east and south by Mexico, is known as the Boot Heel.

Adjacent counties and municipios

National protected areas

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 4,338
1930 5,023 15.8%
1940 4,821 −4.0%
1950 5,095 5.7%
1960 4,961 −2.6%
1970 4,734 −4.6%
1980 6,049 27.8%
1990 5,958 −1.5%
2000 5,932 −0.4%
2010 4,894 −17.5%
2019 (est.) 4,198 −14.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2016

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 4,894 people, 1,936 households, and 1,286 families residing in the county. The population density was 1.4 inhabitants per square mile (0.54/km2). There were 2,393 housing units at an average density of 0.7 per square mile (0.27/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 85.3% white, 0.8% American Indian, 0.6% black or African American, 0.5% Asian, 11.0% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 56.6% of the population. The largest ancestry groups were:

  • 50.3% Mexican
  • 15.2% German
  • 10.0% English
  • 6.0% Irish
  • 4.4% Dutch
  • 3.6% American
  • 2.1% Scottish
  • 2.0% Italian
  • 1.7% Swedish
  • 1.4% Norwegian
  • 1.0% Polish

Of the 1,936 households, 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.6% were non-families, and 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.09. The median age was 40.9 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,733 and the median income for a family was $41,594. Males had a median income of $43,531 versus $23,482 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,451. About 20.6% of families and 22.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.3% of those under age 18 and 15.0% of those age 65 or over.

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