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Sierra County
Sierra County Courthouse in Truth or Consequences
Sierra County Courthouse in Truth or Consequences
Official seal of Sierra County
Seal
Map of New Mexico highlighting Sierra 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.
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Country  United States
State  New Mexico
Founded 1884
Named for the Black Range (Spanish: Sierra Diablo)
Seat Truth or Consequences
Largest city Truth or Consequences
Area
 • Total 4,236 sq mi (10,970 km2)
 • Land 4,179 sq mi (10,820 km2)
 • Water 57 sq mi (150 km2)  1.4%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2019)
10,791
 • Density 2.9/sq mi (1.1/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district 2nd

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

Major highways

  • I-25
  • US 85
  • NM 152
  • NM 181
  • NM 179
  • NM 187
  • NM 195

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%
2019 (est.) 10,791 −10.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2016

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 11,988 people, 5,917 households, and 3,126 families living 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.

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Unincorporated communities

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