Lea County, New Mexico facts for kids
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Lea County Courthouse in Lovington
Location within the U.S. state of New Mexico
New Mexico's location within the U.S.
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|Founded||March 17, 1917|
|• Total||4,394 sq mi (11,380 km2)|
|• Land||4,391 sq mi (11,370 km2)|
|• Water||3.3 sq mi (9 km2) 0.07%%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||15/sq mi (6/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−7 (Mountain)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−6 (MDT)|
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,394 square miles (11,380 km2), of which 4,391 square miles (11,370 km2) is land and 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2) (0.07%) is water. Lea County is located in the southeast corner of New Mexico and borders Texas to the south and east.
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the 2010 census, 64,727 people, 22,236 households, and 16,260 families were living in the county. The population density was 14.7 inhabitants per square mile (5.7/km2). The 24,919 housing units averaged 5.7/sq mi (2.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 75.0% White, 4.1% African American, 1.2% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 16.6% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 51.1% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 9.3% were German, 7.6% were Irish, 7.2% were English, and 6.3% were American.
Of the 22,236 households, 41.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.8% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 26.9% were not families, and 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.30. The median age was 31.9 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $43,910 and for a family was $48,980. Males had a median income of $44,714 versus $25,847 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,637. About 15.2% of families and 17.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.5% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.
The following public-use airports are located in the county:
- Lea County Regional Airport (HOB) - Hobbs
- Lea County-Jal Airport (E26) - Jal
- Lea County-Zip Franklin Memorial Airport (E06) - Lovington
- Tatum Airport (18T) - Tatum
Other unincorporated communities
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