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Counties of New Mexico
Location State of New Mexico
Number 33
Populations 740 (Harding) – 670,968 (Bernalillo)
Areas 109 square miles (280 km2) (Los Alamos) – 6,928 square miles (17,940 km2) (Catron)
Government County government
Subdivisions cities, towns, townships, unincorporated communities, indian reservations, Pueblo, census designated place

This is a list of the 33 counties in New Mexico. There were originally nine counties formed in 1852. Santa Ana County, New Mexico Territory, one of the nine original counties, was annexed in 1876 to Bernalillo County, New Mexico.

The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code, which is used by the United States government to uniquely identify states and counties, is provided with each entry. New Mexico's code is 35, which when combined with any county code would be written as 35XXX. The FIPS code for each county links to census data for that county.


For comparison, the population estimate for the state of New Mexico as of July 2011 was 2,082,224, and the area was &&&&&&&&&0121589.&&&&&0121,589 mi² (315,194 km²).

County FIPS code
County seat
Formed from
Bernalillo County 001 Albuquerque 1852 One of the nine original counties. The Gonzales-Bernal family, Spanish nobles who settled the territory in the seventeenth century &&&&&&&&&0670968.&&&&&0670,968 &&&&&&&&&&&01166.&&&&&01,166 mi²
(3,020 km²)
State map highlighting Bernalillo County
Catron County 003 Reserve 1921 Part of Socorro County. Thomas Benton Catron, a Santa Fe attorney and New Mexico's first U.S. Senator &&&&&&&&&&&03733.&&&&&03,733 &&&&&&&&&&&06928.&&&&&06,928 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&017943.&&&&&017,943 km2)
State map highlighting Catron County
Chaves County 005 Roswell 1889 Part of Lincoln County. Jose Francisco Chaves, a U.S. Army colonel in New Mexico during and after the Civil War &&&&&&&&&&065890.&&&&&065,890 &&&&&&&&&&&06071.&&&&&06,071 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&015724.&&&&&015,724 km2)
State map highlighting Chaves County
Cibola County 006 Grants 1981 Parts of Valencia County, Socorro County, McKinley County, and Catron County. The mythical Seven Cities of Cibola &&&&&&&&&&027658.&&&&&027,658 &&&&&&&&&&&04540.&&&&&04,540 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&011759.&&&&&011,759 km2)
State map highlighting Cibola County
Colfax County 007 Raton 1869 Part of Mora County. Schuyler Colfax, the seventeenth vice president of the United States &&&&&&&&&&013640.&&&&&013,640 &&&&&&&&&&&03757.&&&&&03,757 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&09731.&&&&&09,731 km2)
State map highlighting Colfax County
Curry County 009 Clovis 1909 Parts of Quay County and Roosevelt County. George Curry, a governor of New Mexico Territory from 1907 to 1910 &&&&&&&&&&049649.&&&&&049,649 &&&&&&&&&&&01406.&&&&&01,406 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&03642.&&&&&03,642 km2)
State map highlighting Curry County
De Baca County 011 Fort Sumner 1917 Parts of Chaves County and Guadalupe County. Ezequiel Cabeza de Baca, the second state governor of New Mexico &&&&&&&&&&&01945.&&&&&01,945 &&&&&&&&&&&02325.&&&&&02,325 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&06022.&&&&&06,022 km2)
State map highlighting De Baca County
Doña Ana County 013 Las Cruces 1852 One of the nine original counties. Doña Ana Robledo, a seventeenth-century Spanish woman known for her charitable giving to the native population &&&&&&&&&0213598.&&&&&0213,598 &&&&&&&&&&&03807.&&&&&03,807 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&09860.&&&&&09,860 km2)
State map highlighting Doña Ana County
Eddy County 015 Carlsbad 1887 Part of Lincoln County. Charles Eddy, a rancher and developer of the area &&&&&&&&&&054152.&&&&&054,152 &&&&&&&&&&&04182.&&&&&04,182 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&010831.&&&&&010,831 km2)
State map highlighting Eddy County
Grant County 017 Silver City 1868 Part of Doña Ana County. Ulysses Simpson Grant, the Civil War general and eighteenth president of the United States &&&&&&&&&&029380.&&&&&029,380 &&&&&&&&&&&03966.&&&&&03,966 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&010272.&&&&&010,272 km2)
State map highlighting Grant County
Guadalupe County 019 Santa Rosa 1891 Part of San Miguel County. Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron saint of the Americas &&&&&&&&&&&04619.&&&&&04,619 &&&&&&&&&&&03031.&&&&&03,031 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&07850.&&&&&07,850 km2)
State map highlighting Guadalupe County
Harding County 021 Mosquero 1921 Parts of Mora County and Union County. Warren Gamaliel Harding, the twenty-ninth president of the United States &&&&&&&&&&&&0740.&&&&&0740 &&&&&&&&&&&02126.&&&&&02,126 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&05506.&&&&&05,506 km2)
State map highlighting Harding County
Hidalgo County 023 Lordsburg 1920 Part of Grant County. Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the priest who is known as the Father of Mexican Independence &&&&&&&&&&&04861.&&&&&04,861 &&&&&&&&&&&03446.&&&&&03,446 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&08925.&&&&&08,925 km2)
State map highlighting Hidalgo County
Lea County 025 Lovington 1917 Parts of Chaves County and Eddy County. Joseph Calloway Lea, a captain in the U.S. Army and the founder of the New Mexico Military Academy &&&&&&&&&&065423.&&&&&065,423 &&&&&&&&&&&04393.&&&&&04,393 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&011378.&&&&&011,378 km2)
State map highlighting Lea County
Lincoln County 027 Carrizozo 1869 Part of Socorro County. Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States &&&&&&&&&&020454.&&&&&020,454 &&&&&&&&&&&04831.&&&&&04,831 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&012512.&&&&&012,512 km2)
State map highlighting Lincoln County
Los Alamos County 028 Los Alamos 1949 Parts of Sandoval County and Santa Fe County. Named for its county seat of Los Alamos, New Mexico, which itself is the Spanish name for the cottonwood tree &&&&&&&&&&018222.&&&&&018,222 &&&&&&&&&&&&0109.&&&&&0109 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0282.&&&&&0282 km2)
State map highlighting Los Alamos County
Luna County 029 Deming 1901 Parts of Doña Ana County and Grant County. Solomon Luna, the largest land owner in the county at the time of its creation; itself Spanish for moon &&&&&&&&&&025281.&&&&&025,281 &&&&&&&&&&&02965.&&&&&02,965 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&07679.&&&&&07,679 km2)
State map highlighting Luna County
McKinley County 031 Gallup 1899 Part of Bernalillo County. William McKinley, the twenty-fifth president of the United States &&&&&&&&&&073664.&&&&&073,664 &&&&&&&&&&&05449.&&&&&05,449 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&014113.&&&&&014,113 km2)
State map highlighting McKinley County
Mora County 033 Mora 1859 Part of Taos County. Named for its county seat of Mora, New Mexico, which is itself named after lo de mora, the Spanish term for blackberry &&&&&&&&&&&04773.&&&&&04,773 &&&&&&&&&&&01931.&&&&&01,931 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&05001.&&&&&05,001 km2)
State map highlighting Mora County
Otero County 035 Alamogordo 1899 Parts of Doña Ana County and Lincoln County. Miguel A. Otero, territorial delegate to U. S. Congress &&&&&&&&&&065703.&&&&&065,703 &&&&&&&&&&&06627.&&&&&06,627 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&017164.&&&&&017,164 km2)
State map highlighting Otero County
Quay County 037 Tucumcari 1903 Part of Guadalupe County. Matthew Stanley Quay, a U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania who supported New Mexico's statehood &&&&&&&&&&&09026.&&&&&09,026 &&&&&&&&&&&02855.&&&&&02,855 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&07394.&&&&&07,394 km2)
State map highlighting Quay County
Rio Arriba County 039 Tierra Amarilla 1852 One of the nine original counties. Named for its location on the upper Rio Grande (Río Arriba is "upper river" in Spanish) &&&&&&&&&&040446.&&&&&040,446 &&&&&&&&&&&05858.&&&&&05,858 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&015172.&&&&&015,172 km2)
State map highlighting Rio Arriba County
Roosevelt County 041 Portales 1903 Parts of Chaves County and Guadalupe County. Theodore Roosevelt, the twenty-sixth president of the United States &&&&&&&&&&020446.&&&&&020,446 &&&&&&&&&&&02449.&&&&&02,449 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&06343.&&&&&06,343 km2)
State map highlighting Roosevelt County
Sandoval County 043 Bernalillo 1903 Part of Bernalillo County. Named for the Sandoval family, prominent seventeenth-century Spanish landowners &&&&&&&&&0134259.&&&&&0134,259 &&&&&&&&&&&03710.&&&&&03,710 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&09609.&&&&&09,609 km2)
State map highlighting Sandoval County
San Juan County 045 Aztec 1887 Part of Rio Arriba County. San Juan River, itself named after the Catholic saint &&&&&&&&&0128200.&&&&&0128,200 &&&&&&&&&&&05514.&&&&&05,514 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&014281.&&&&&014,281 km2)
State map highlighting San Juan County
San Miguel County 047 Las Vegas 1852 One of the nine original counties. San Miguel de Bado Catholic Church, the first in the area &&&&&&&&&&029301.&&&&&029,301 &&&&&&&&&&&04717.&&&&&04,717 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&012217.&&&&&012,217 km2)
State map highlighting San Miguel County
Santa Fe County 049 Santa Fe 1852 One of the nine original counties. Spanish term meaning "holy faith," which refers to the spirituality of the founding missionaries &&&&&&&&&0145648.&&&&&0145,648 &&&&&&&&&&&01909.&&&&&01,909 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&04944.&&&&&04,944 km2)
State map highlighting Santa Fe County
Sierra County 051 Truth or Consequences 1884 Parts of Doña Ana County and Socorro County. Possibly named for the Black Range. (Sierra is mountain range in Spanish.) &&&&&&&&&&011943.&&&&&011,943 &&&&&&&&&&&04180.&&&&&04,180 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&010826.&&&&&010,826 km2)
State map highlighting Sierra County
Socorro County 053 Socorro 1852 One of the nine original counties. Spanish term meaning "aid," which refers to the help Native Americans gave to starving travelers &&&&&&&&&&017873.&&&&&017,873 &&&&&&&&&&&06647.&&&&&06,647 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&017216.&&&&&017,216 km2)
State map highlighting Socorro County
Taos County 055 Taos 1852 One of the nine original counties. Named for its county seat of Taos, New Mexico, which in turn was named for the nearby Taos Pueblo, an ancient Native American village. Taos is red willow in the Tiwa language &&&&&&&&&&032917.&&&&&032,917 &&&&&&&&&&&02203.&&&&&02,203 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&05706.&&&&&05,706 km2)
State map highlighting Taos County
Torrance County 057 Estancia 1903 Parts of Bernalillo County, Valencia County, and Socorro County. Francis J. Torrance, the developer of the New Mexico Central Railroad &&&&&&&&&&016345.&&&&&016,345 &&&&&&&&&&&03345.&&&&&03,345 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&08664.&&&&&08,664 km2)
State map highlighting Torrance County
Union County 059 Clayton 1893 Parts of Colfax County, Mora County and San Miguel County. Named for the "union" of the three counties which donated land to form the new county &&&&&&&&&&&04433.&&&&&04,433 &&&&&&&&&&&03830.&&&&&03,830 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&09920.&&&&&09,920 km2)
State map highlighting Union County
Valencia County 061 Los Lunas 1852 One of the nine original counties. Named for the town of Valencia, New Mexico, which is itself named for Valencia, Spain &&&&&&&&&&077070.&&&&&077,070 &&&&&&&&&&&01068.&&&&&01,068 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02766.&&&&&02,766 km2)
State map highlighting Valencia County

Former counties

  • Mesilla County, appears on 1860s-era territorial map encompassing area in present-day Dona Aña, Grant, Hidalgo, Luna, Sierra west of the Rio Grande.
  • Santa Ana County (1844–1876) absorbed by Bernalillo County; portions are now in present-day McKinley County
  • Santa Fe County, Texas (1848-1850), never organized, included the portion of New Mexico east of the Rio Grande except for southeastern New Mexico east of the Pecos River and south of the Prairie Dog Town Fork Red River as well as the Trans-Pecos and most of the Panhandle regions of Texas, the Oklahoma Panhandle, and portions of Colorado, Kansas, and Wyoming. Before Texas ceded its western lands to the federal government after the Compromise of 1850, the following counties were briefly created from Santa Fe County earlier that year in south-central New Mexico between the Rio Grande and the Pecos:
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