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Otero County, New Mexico
Map
Map of New Mexico highlighting Otero County
Location in the state of New Mexico
Map of the USA highlighting New Mexico
New Mexico's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded January 30, 1899
Seat Alamogordo
Largest City Alamogordo
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

6,628 sq mi (17,166 km²)
6,613 sq mi (17,128 km²)
14 sq mi (36 km²), 0.2%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

63,797
9.6/sq mi (4/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: co.otero.nm.us

Otero County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Mexico. As of the 2010 census, the population was 63,797. Its county seat is Alamogordo. Its southern boundary is the Texas state line.

Otero County comprises the Alamogordo, NM Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 6,628 square miles (17,170 km2), of which 6,613 square miles (17,130 km2) is land and 14 square miles (36 km2) (0.2%) is water. It is the third-largest county in New Mexico by area.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

  • Lincoln National Forest (part)
  • White Sands National Monument (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 7,069
1920 7,902 11.8%
1930 9,779 23.8%
1940 10,522 7.6%
1950 14,909 41.7%
1960 36,976 148.0%
1970 41,097 11.1%
1980 44,665 8.7%
1990 51,928 16.3%
2000 62,298 20.0%
2010 63,797 2.4%
Est. 2015 64,362 0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 62,298 people, 22,984 households, and 16,801 families residing in the county. The population density was 9 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 29,272 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 73.71% White, 3.92% Black or African American, 5.80% Native American, 1.17% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 11.67% from other races, and 3.60% from two or more races. 32.16% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 22,984 households out of which 37.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.50% were married couples living together, 11.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.90% were non-families. 23.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the county, the population was spread out with 29.50% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 21.00% from 45 to 64, and 11.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 99.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,861, and the median income for a family was $34,781. Males had a median income of $27,657 versus $18,470 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,345. About 15.60% of families and 19.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.90% of those under age 18 and 12.80% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 63,797 people, 24,464 households, and 16,641 families residing in the county. The population density was 9.6 inhabitants per square mile (3.7/km2). There were 30,992 housing units at an average density of 4.7 per square mile (1.8/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 72.7% white, 6.7% American Indian, 3.5% black or African American, 1.2% Asian, 0.2% Pacific islander, 11.5% from other races, and 4.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 34.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 13.4% were German, 8.1% were English, 8.0% were Irish, and 4.4% were American.

Of the 24,464 households, 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.0% were non-families, and 27.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.05. The median age was 36.5 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,615 and the median income for a family was $46,210. Males had a median income of $32,939 versus $25,965 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,255. About 15.2% of families and 20.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.0% of those under age 18 and 13.5% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

City

Villages

Census-designated places

Other communities

Other places

  • Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation
  • White Sands National Monument
  • National Solar Observatory

Coordinates: 32°37′N 105°44′W / 32.62°N 105.73°W / 32.62; -105.73


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