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San Miguel County
San Miguel County Courthouse in Las Vegas
Location within the U.S. state of New Mexico
New Mexico's location within the U.S.
|Founded||January 9, 1852|
|Named for||San Miguel del Vado|
|Largest city||Las Vegas|
|• Total||4,736 sq mi (12,270 km2)|
|• Land||4,716 sq mi (12,210 km2)|
|• Water||20 sq mi (50 km2) 0.4%%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||6.2/sq mi (2.4/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−7 (Mountain)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−6 (MDT)|
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.
- Mora County - north
- Harding County - east
- Quay County - southeast
- Guadalupe County - south
- Torrance County - southwest
- Santa Fe County - west
National protected areas
- Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge
- Pecos National Historical Park (part)
- Santa Fe National Forest (part)
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the 2010 census, there were 29,393 people, 11,978 households, and 7,275 families living 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.
- Las Vegas (county seat)
- Antonia Apodaca (1923–2020) born in Rociada, folk musician and composer
- Margaret Larkin (1899–1967), born in Las Vegas, writer and musician
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