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Sierra County, New Mexico
Seal of Sierra County, New Mexico
Map
Map of New Mexico highlighting Sierra 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 1884
Seat Truth or Consequences
Largest City Truth or Consequences
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

4,236 sq mi (10,971 km²)
4,179 sq mi (10,824 km²)
57 sq mi (148 km²), 1.4%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

11,988
2.9/sq mi (1/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: http://www.sierracountynm.gov/

Sierra County is a county in the U.S. state of New Mexico. As of the 2010 census, the population was 11,988. Its county seat is Truth or Consequences.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,236 square miles (10,970 km2), of which 4,179 square miles (10,820 km2) is land and 57 square miles (150 km2) (1.4%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

  • Cibola National Forest (part)
  • El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail (part)
  • Gila National Forest (part)

Major highways

  • I-25
  • US 85
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Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 3,536
1920 4,619 30.6%
1930 5,184 12.2%
1940 6,962 34.3%
1950 7,186 3.2%
1960 6,409 −10.8%
1970 7,189 12.2%
1980 8,454 17.6%
1990 9,912 17.2%
2000 13,270 33.9%
2010 11,988 −9.7%
Est. 2015 11,282 −5.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 13,270 people, 6,113 households, and 3,618 families residing in the county. The population density was 3 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 8,727 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 86.97% White, 0.48% Black or African American, 1.48% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 8.27% from other races, and 2.54% from two or more races. 26.28% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,113 households out of which 20.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.50% were married couples living together, 8.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.80% were non-families. 35.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.75.

In the county, the population was spread out with 20.10% under the age of 18, 5.40% from 18 to 24, 19.50% from 25 to 44, 27.40% from 45 to 64, and 27.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 100.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $24,152, and the median income for a family was $29,787. Males had a median income of $24,570 versus $19,839 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,023. About 13.80% of families and 20.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.50% of those under age 18 and 14.70% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 11,988 people, 5,917 households, and 3,126 families residing in the county. The population density was 2.9 inhabitants per square mile (1.1/km2). There were 8,356 housing units at an average density of 2.0 per square mile (0.77/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 85.6% white, 1.7% American Indian, 0.4% black or African American, 0.4% Asian, 8.6% from other races, and 3.3% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 28.0% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 14.0% were German, 9.4% were American, 8.4% were English, and 8.0% were Irish.

Of the 5,917 households, 17.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.0% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 47.2% were non-families, and 40.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 1.98 and the average family size was 2.64. The median age was 54.5 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,583, the lowest of any county in New Mexico.[1] The median income for a family was $38,641. Males had a median income of $32,059 versus $26,213 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,667. About 15.6% of families and 22.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.8% of those under age 18 and 12.9% of those age 65 or over.

Spaceport America

Spaceport America is located in Sierra County, 45 miles (72 km) north of Las Cruces and 30 miles (48 km) east of Truth or Consequences. Sierra County voters approved the creation of a spaceport tax district in April 2008, freeing up funding for its construction.

Communities

Cities

Village

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities


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