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San Miguel County, New Mexico
Map
Map of New Mexico highlighting San Miguel 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 9, 1852
Seat Las Vegas
Largest City Las Vegas
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

4,736 sq mi (12,266 km²)
4,716 sq mi (12,214 km²)
20 sq mi (52 km²), 0.4%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

29,393
6.2/sq mi (2/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: www.smcounty.net

San Miguel County is a county in the U.S. state of New Mexico. As of the 2010 census, the population was 29,393. Its county seat is Las Vegas.

San Miguel County comprises the Las Vegas, NM Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Albuquerque-Santa Fe-Las Vegas, NM Combined Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,736 square miles (12,270 km2), of which 4,716 square miles (12,210 km2) is land and 20 square miles (52 km2) (0.4%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

  • Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge
  • Pecos National Historical Park (part)
  • Santa Fe National Forest (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 22,930
1920 22,867 −0.3%
1930 23,636 3.4%
1940 27,910 18.1%
1950 26,512 −5.0%
1960 23,468 −11.5%
1970 21,951 −6.5%
1980 22,751 3.6%
1990 25,743 13.2%
2000 30,126 17.0%
2010 29,393 −2.4%
Est. 2015 27,967 −4.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 30,126 people, 11,134 households, and 7,537 families residing in the county. The population density was 6 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 14,254 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 56.22% White, 0.78% Black or African American, 1.82% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 36.21% from other races, and 4.33% from two or more races. 77.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 11,134 households out of which 34.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.50% were married couples living together, 16.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.30% were non-families. 26.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.40% under the age of 18, 10.90% from 18 to 24, 27.00% from 25 to 44, 22.90% from 45 to 64, and 11.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 96.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,524, and the median income for a family was $31,250. Males had a median income of $27,307 versus $22,588 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,268. About 19.90% of families and 24.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.80% of those under age 18 and 25.90% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 29,393 people, 11,978 households, and 7,275 families residing in the county. The population density was 6.2 inhabitants per square mile (2.4/km2). There were 15,595 housing units at an average density of 3.3 per square mile (1.3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 66.6% white, 1.7% American Indian, 1.4% black or African American, 0.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 25.4% from other races, and 3.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 76.8% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 6.3% were German, 5.3% were English, and 1.6% were American.

Of the 11,978 households, 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.6% were married couples living together, 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 39.3% were non-families, and 32.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.95. The median age was 40.7 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,213 and the median income for a family was $42,888. Males had a median income of $35,176 versus $28,351 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,508. About 15.7% of families and 24.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.6% of those under age 18 and 22.7% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

City

Villages

Census-designated places

Other communities

Ghost town


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