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Roosevelt County
Roosevelt County Courthouse in Portales
Roosevelt County Courthouse in Portales
Official seal of Roosevelt County
Map of New Mexico highlighting Roosevelt 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 February 28, 1903
Named for Theodore Roosevelt
Seat Portales
Largest city Portales
 • Total 2,455 sq mi (6,360 km2)
 • Land 2,447 sq mi (6,340 km2)
 • Water 7.2 sq mi (19 km2)  0.3%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density 8.1/sq mi (3.1/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional districts 2nd, 3rd

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 the then-current President of the United States, 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.


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


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%
2019 (est.) 18,500 −6.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2016

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 19,846 people, 7,299 households, and 4,671 families living 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.





Unincorporated communities

See also

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