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Roosevelt County, New Mexico
Seal of Roosevelt County, New Mexico
Map
Map of New Mexico highlighting Roosevelt 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 February 28, 1903
Seat Portales
Largest City Portales
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

2,455 sq mi (6,358 km²)
2,447 sq mi (6,338 km²)
7.2 sq mi (19 km²), 0.3%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

19,846
8.1/sq mi (3/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: www.rooseveltcounty.com
Named for: Theodore Roosevelt

Roosevelt County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Mexico. As of the 2010 census, the population was 19,846. Its county seat is Portales. The county was created in 1903 from Chaves and Guadalupe counties and named for President Theodore Roosevelt. The county's eastern border is the Texas state line.

Roosevelt County comprises the Portales, NM Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Clovis-Portales, NM Combined Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,455 square miles (6,360 km2), of which 2,447 square miles (6,340 km2) is land and 7.2 square miles (19 km2) (0.3%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Grulla National Wildlife Refuge (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 12,064
1920 6,548 −45.7%
1930 11,109 69.7%
1940 14,549 31.0%
1950 16,409 12.8%
1960 16,198 −1.3%
1970 16,479 1.7%
1980 15,695 −4.8%
1990 16,702 6.4%
2000 18,018 7.9%
2010 19,846 10.1%
Est. 2015 19,120 −3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 18,018 people, 6,639 households, and 4,541 families residing in the county. The population density was 7 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 7,746 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 74.14% White, 1.65% Black or African American, 1.10% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 19.76% from other races, and 2.65% from two or more races. 33.29% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,639 households out of which 35.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.00% were married couples living together, 11.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.60% were non-families. 24.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.10% under the age of 18, 16.00% from 18 to 24, 25.50% from 25 to 44, 18.30% from 45 to 64, and 12.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 96.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,586, and the median income for a family was $31,813. Males had a median income of $26,170 versus $20,684 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,185. About 17.30% of families and 22.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.10% of those under age 18 and 16.80% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 19,846 people, 7,299 households, and 4,671 families residing in the county. The population density was 8.1 inhabitants per square mile (3.1/km2). There were 8,163 housing units at an average density of 3.3 per square mile (1.3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 76.9% white, 1.8% black or African American, 1.3% American Indian, 0.9% Asian, 15.9% from other races, and 3.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 39.9% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 12.7% were German, 10.0% were American, 9.8% were English, and 9.3% were Irish.

Of the 7,299 households, 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.0% were non-families, and 28.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.20. The median age was 29.7 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,762 and the median income for a family was $43,536. Males had a median income of $37,719 versus $21,916 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,933. About 16.0% of families and 22.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.6% of those under age 18 and 14.3% of those age 65 or over.

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Unincorporated communities


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