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Lea County, New Mexico (NM)

County population in 2016: 69,749 (79% urban, 21% rural); it was 55,511 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 7,879
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 7,555
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 14,296
Renter-occupied apartments: 6,802 (it was 5,403 in 2000)
% of renters here:

27%
State:

31%

Land area: 4393 sq. mi.

Water area: 1.1 sq. mi.

Population density: 16 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Lea County: 82.0 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (21.8%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (18.7%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (16.7%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 66%
  • Government: 8%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 24%
  • Unpaid family work: 2%
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Races in Lea County, New Mexico:

  • Hispanic or Latino (56.6%)
  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (37.4%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (3.3%)
  • Two or more races (1.7%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.6%)
Median resident age:  31.5 years
New Mexico median age:  37.7 years
Males: 35,234  (50.5%)
Females: 34,515  (49.5%)
Average household size:
Lea County:

2.0 people
New Mexico:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2016: $55,636 ($29,799 in 1999)

This county:

$55,636
New Mexico:

$46,748

Median contract rent in 2016 for apartments: $695 (lower quartile is $552, upper quartile is $939)
This county:

$695
State:

$682


Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $120,200 (it was $47,300 in 2000)
Lea:

$120,200
New Mexico:

$167,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $68,000 - $191,600
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,218
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $318

Institutionalized population: 1,683

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 1
  • Rapes: 10
  • Robberies: 1
  • Assaults: 19
  • Burglaries: 135
  • Thefts: 300
  • Auto thefts: 30

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 11
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 21
  • Burglaries: 109
  • Thefts: 233
  • Auto thefts: 16
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 2 buildings, average cost: $156,000
  • 2001: 10 buildings, average cost: $65,900
  • 2002: 12 buildings, average cost: $153,700
  • 2003: 29 buildings, average cost: $151,700
  • 2004: 47 buildings, average cost: $176,500
  • 2005: 45 buildings, average cost: $160,900
  • 2006: 58 buildings, average cost: $184,600
  • 2007: 113 buildings, average cost: $200,000
  • 2008: 93 buildings, average cost: $190,200
  • 2009: 17 buildings, average cost: $186,600
  • 2010: 17 buildings, average cost: $218,000
  • 2011: 20 buildings, average cost: $189,700
  • 2012: 38 buildings, average cost: $198,900
  • 2013: 61 buildings, average cost: $221,200
  • 2014: 189 buildings, average cost: $153,200

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $831 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $370 (0.4%)

Lea County household income distribution in 2009 Lea County home values distribution Lea County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 21.3%
Lea County:

21.3%
New Mexico:

19.8%
(11.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 30.2% for Black residents, 27.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 8.2% for American Indian residents, 16.4% for other race residents, 6.5% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2016: 31.5 years old
(Males: 31.4 years old, Females: 31.6 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42.8 years old, Black residents: 26.5 years old, American Indian residents: 54.7 years old, Asian residents: 49.4 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 26.3 years old, Other race residents: 34.1 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Lea County is $411 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $456 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $600 a month.

Cities in this county include: Hobbs, Lovington, North Hobbs, Eunice, Jal, Tatum, Nadine, Monument.

Lea County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

2012 air pollution in Lea County:

Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.01 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.029 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 17.8 µg/m3. Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 7.9 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Burke County, Georgia , Carroll County, Georgia , Noxubee County, Mississippi , Pickens County, Alabama , Greene County, Georgia , Newton County, Georgia .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

6.9%
New Mexico:

6.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 2,754
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 70.0%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 14.3%

Number of foreign born residents: 12,698 (34.5% naturalized citizens)

Lea County:

18.2%
Whole state:

9.5%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 2010 or later: 1,222
  • 2000 to 2009: 2,778
  • 1990 to 1999: 2,667
  • 1980 to 1989: 1,699
  • 1970 to 1979: 1,775
  • Before 1970: 1,029
Note: State values scaled to Lea County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.7 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 93.6%

Lea County marital status for males Lea County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 15,847
  • One, attached: 325
  • Two: 370
  • 3 or 4: 468
  • 5 to 9: 1,842
  • 10 to 19: 160
  • 20 to 49: 694
  • 50 or more: 715
  • Mobile homes: 5,310
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 250

Housing units in Lea County with a mortgage: 6,100 (344 second mortgage, 163 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 7,903

Here:

46.2% with mortgage
State:

54.8% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Lea County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant21,65286
Catholic10,2746
Mainline Protestant2,14911
Other1,1144
Black Protestant2224
Orthodox--
None29,316-
Lea County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 8
Lea County:

1.38 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.44 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.17 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

0.21 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 4
This county:

0.69 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

0.32 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 30
Lea County:

5.17 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

4.06 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 41
This county:

7.07 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Lea County:

7.4%
New Mexico:

6.4%

Adult obesity rate:
Lea County:

27.8%
State:

22.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

13.4%
State:

11.5%

Agriculture in Lea County:

Average size of farms: 4076 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $177,433
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $448.59
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.77%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 76.97%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $171,985
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 2.23%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 95.55%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $88,338
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 84.84%
Average age of principal farm operators: 58 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 4.07
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 27.15%
All wheat for grain: 3857 harvested acres
Upland cotton: 13649 harvested acres
Vegetables: 1,800 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 531 acres

Earthquake activity:

Lea County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below New Mexico state average. It is 3% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/14/1995 at 00:32:56, a magnitude 5.7 (5.6 MB, 5.7 MS, 5.7 MW, Depth: 11.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 169.4 miles away from Lea County center
On 1/2/1992 at 11:45:35, a magnitude 5.0 (4.6 MB, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 30.3 miles away from the county center
On 6/16/1978 at 11:46:54, a magnitude 5.3 (4.4 MB, 4.6 UK, 5.3 ML) earthquake occurred 150.3 miles away from the county center
On 12/19/2005 at 20:27:40, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.1 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 72.5 miles away from the county center
On 5/23/2004 at 09:22:05, a magnitude 4.0 (4.0 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 73.5 miles away from Lea County center
On 3/14/1999 at 22:43:17, a magnitude 4.0 (4.0 MD, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 76.4 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • New Mexico Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: September 15, 2014 to September 26, 2014, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4199: October 29, 2014, FEMA Id: 4199, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • New Mexico Southeast New Mexico Fire, Incident Period: January 01, 2006 to January 04, 2006, Fire Management Assistance Declared: January 02, 2006, FEMA Id: 2600, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • New Mexico Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3229: September 07, 2005, FEMA Id: 3229, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • New Mexico New Mexico Fire, Incident Period: May 05, 2000 to July 07, 2000, Emergency Declared EM-3154: May 10, 2000, FEMA Id: 3154, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • New Mexico Flooding, Hail, Thunderstorms, Incident Period: May 22, 1992 to May 25, 1992, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-945: June 18, 1992, FEMA Id: 945, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood

The number of natural disasters in Lea County (5) is a lot smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 2
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers in 2016 (%)

Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Accommodation and food services (16%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Health care and social assistance (11%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (2%)
  • Accommodation and food services (21%)
  • Educational services (20%)
  • Health care and social assistance (15%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Other services, except public administration (8%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (3%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (23%)
  • Transportation occupations (13%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (7%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (5%)
  • Material moving occupations (4%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (17%)
  • Sales and related occupations (16%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (15%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (12%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (5%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (90%)
  • Cuba (2%)
  • Honduras (1%)
  • India (0%)
  • Kenya (0%)
  • El Salvador (0%)
  • Costa Rica (0%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Lea County (%):

  • American (5%)
  • German (3%)
  • Irish (3%)
  • English (2%)
  • European (1%)
  • Scottish (0%)
  • French (except Basque) (0%)

Lea County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 25,342 (83.0%)
  • Carpooled: 3,362 (11.0%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 160 (0.5%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 42 (0.1%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 225 (0.7%)
  • Bicycle: 39 (0.1%)
  • Walked: 499 (1.6%)
  • Worked at home: 764 (2.5%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Lea County, New Mexico in 2000:

  • 1,079 people in other types of correctional institutions
  • 275 people in nursing homes
  • 191 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 178 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 54 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 23 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse

People in group quarters in Lea County, New Mexico in 2010:

  • 1,403 people in state prisons
  • 304 people in college/university student housing
  • 244 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 40 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 23 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 15 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 13 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 8 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 7 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $51,344.

5.81% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($37,469 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.81%
New Mexico average:

6.50%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
1.22% relocated from other counties in New Mexico ($7,484 average AGI)
4.59% relocated from other states ($29,985 average AGI)
Lea County:

4.59%
New Mexico average:

3.76%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Maricopa County, AZ  0.33% ($25,373 average AGI)
from Lubbock County, TX  0.26% ($26,943)
from El Paso County, TX  0.25% ($31,288)
from Eddy County, NM  0.24% ($36,360)
from Bernalillo County, NM  0.19% ($42,769)
from Chaves County, NM  0.19% ($44,051)
from Ector County, TX  0.19% ($38,289)


6.07% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($40,120 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.07%
New Mexico average:

6.43%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
1.25% relocated to other counties in New Mexico ($6,900 average AGI)
4.82% relocated to other states ($33,220 average AGI)
Lea County:

4.82%
New Mexico average:

3.71%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Lubbock County, TX  0.36% ($33,987 average AGI)
to Ector County, TX  0.35% ($39,111)
to Midland County, TX  0.35% ($60,225)
to Bernalillo County, NM  0.26% ($31,132)
to Eddy County, NM  0.23% ($40,188)
to El Paso County, TX  0.16% ($24,273)
to Chaves County, NM  0.16% ($35,938)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 17.0
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 17.2

Births per 1000 population in Lea County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.7
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 7.8

Deaths per 1000 population in Lea County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.1

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Lea County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 22.3%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 10.0%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Lea County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Lea County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 7,924 (6,432 aged, 1,492 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 3,839 (23%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Lea County, New Mexico in 1999 - 2014:

  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (637)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (562)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (465)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (459)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (251)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (245)
  • Unspecified dementia (239)
  • Congestive heart failure (223)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (187)
  • Unspecified diabetes mellitus, without complications (132)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 23%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 20%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 3.56
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 10,473
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 402
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 37,874

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,544
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 809
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 11

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 18
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 74

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 9

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 105.2. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 66.7
  • Other - 38.5

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 161.6. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 97.5
  • Other - 64.1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 69,749
  • In family households: 61,122 (7,661 male householders, 7,649 female householders)
    11,265 spouses, 27,825 children (25,660 natural, 684 adopted, 1,481 stepchildren), 2,006 grandchildren, 525 brothers or sisters, 1,000 parents, 1,835 other relatives, 1,356 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 6,072 (3,031 male householders (2,604 living alone)), 2,452 female householders (2,310 living alone)), 589 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 2,555

Size of family households: 5,914 2-persons, 2,602 3-persons, 3,699 4-persons, 1,811 5-persons, 873 6-persons, 411 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 4,914 1-person, 569 2-persons.

15,183 married couples with children.
4,766 single-parent households (741 men, 4,025 women).

59.2% of residents of Lea speak English at home.
38.3% of residents speak Spanish at home (68% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 14% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
0.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (95% speak English very well, 1% speak English well, 3% don't speak English at all).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (48% speak English very well, 52% speak English well).
0.4% of residents speak other language at home (86% speak English very well, 5% speak English well, 3% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $281,993,000 ($5,015 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $3,234,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $114,565,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $70,104,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $6,037,000
Federal grants: $82,667,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,625,000 ($96,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $6,995,000 ($800,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $3,359,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $22,209,000
Federal Government insurance: $67,965,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 4,829
Here:

85 per 1000 residents
State:

74 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 2,432
Here:

43 per 1000 residents
State:

36 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +518
Here:

+9 per 1000 residents
State:

+15 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -1,624
Here -29 per 1000 residents
State +5 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Lea County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 13.15 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.8
State:

5.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.6
State:

4.4

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 805
  • 2010 to 2013: 1,887
  • 2000 to 2009: 2,317
  • 1990 to 1999: 1,688
  • 1980 to 1989: 3,964
  • 1970 to 1979: 4,504
  • 1960 to 1969: 4,276
  • 1950 to 1959: 4,666
  • 1940 to 1949: 1,150
  • 1939 or earlier: 724
Note: State values scaled to Lea population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Lea County, New Mexico
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Lea County population
  • 1 room: 194
  • 2 rooms: 69
  • 3 rooms: 256
  • 4 rooms: 881
  • 5 rooms: 4,286
  • 6 rooms: 4,545
  • 7 rooms: 1,688
  • 8 rooms: 1,078
  • 9+ rooms: 1,006
  • 1 room: 771
  • 2 rooms: 87
  • 3 rooms: 615
  • 4 rooms: 1,758
  • 5 rooms: 2,421
  • 6 rooms: 767
  • 7 rooms: 250
  • 8 rooms: 102
  • 9+ rooms: 19
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Lea County, New Mexico
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Lea County population
  • no bedroom: 227
  • 1 bedroom: 142
  • 2 bedrooms: 2,103
  • 3 bedrooms: 9,169
  • 4 bedrooms: 2,046
  • 5+ bedrooms: 316
  • no bedroom: 771
  • 1 bedroom: 584
  • 2 bedrooms: 2,200
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,880
  • 4 bedrooms: 336
  • 5+ bedrooms: 19
Cars and other vehicles available in Lea County, New Mexico in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Lea County population
  • no vehicle: 347
  • 1 vehicle: 3,206
  • 2 vehicles: 5,266
  • 3 vehicles: 3,016
  • 4 vehicles: 1,872
  • 5+ vehicles: 296
  • no vehicle: 687
  • 1 vehicle: 2,692
  • 2 vehicles: 2,457
  • 3 vehicles: 700
  • 4 vehicles: 235
  • 5+ vehicles: 19

90% of Lea County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 37% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 25% lived in New Mexico.

Lea County:

89.8%
State average:

85.9%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 26,546
  • Other state: 30,167
  • Northeast: 682
  • Midwest: 2,889
  • South: 16,722
  • West: 9,874

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Lea County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (49.8%)
  • Utility gas (47.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (4.3%)
  • Wood (0.6%)
  • Other fuel (0.1%)
  • Electricity (55.9%)
  • Utility gas (41.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3.0%)
  • No fuel used (0.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.6%)
  • Wood (0.5%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 389
Here:

4.2%
New Mexico:

6.7%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 191
Here:

4.7%
New Mexico:

5.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 331
Here:

15.7%
New Mexico:

11.1%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Lea County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $1,918,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,284,000
    Solid Waste Management: $379,000
    Financial Administration: $100,000
    Parks and Recreation: $97,000
    Health - Other: $24,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $5,472,000
    Central Staff Services: $3,969,000
    Police Protection: $3,751,000
    Regular Highways: $3,174,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $3,025,000
    Financial Administration: $2,700,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,943,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,071,000
    Health - Other: $794,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $621,000
    Air Transportation: $463,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $370,000
    Local Fire Protection: $210,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $587,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Air Transportation: $1,012,000
    Regular Highways: $407,000
    Central Staff Services: $360,000
    Police Protection: $287,000
    Correctional Institutions: $108,000
    Parks and Recreation: $34,000
    Financial Administration: $23,000
    Local Fire Protection: $3,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $12,476,000

Lea County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $2,232,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,270,000
    All Other: $1,065,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $938,000
    Air Transportation: $864,000
    All Other: $328,000
    General Local Government Support: $17,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $463,000
    Water Utilities: $22,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $1,281,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $190,000
    Sale of Property: $94,000
    Rents: $42,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $968,000
    All Other: $617,000
    Public Welfare: $238,000
    Housing and Community Development: $15,000
  • Tax - Other License: $20,184,000
    Property: $6,625,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $3,898,000
    Other Selective Sales: $2,845,000
    Motor Fuels Sales: $342,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $197,000

Lea County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $13,595,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $13,595,000

Lea County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $38,973,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,177,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 1,633
  • Number of aged recipients: 258
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 1,375
  • Number of recipients under 18: 215
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 898
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 520
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 680
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 649
Lea County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Lea County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Lea County, NM among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William28675.1 years
James28472.6 years
John26373.4 years
Mary23178.9 years
Robert15768.7 years
Charles12371.4 years
George10773.3 years
Joe9773.4 years
Thomas8373.4 years
Ruby7980.9 years
Most common last names in Lea County, NM among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith17772.8 years
Williams11673.7 years
Johnson9873.9 years
Jones9774.5 years
Davis8471.4 years
Martin7572.6 years
Brown6874.5 years
Wilson5375.2 years
Jackson5274.3 years
Taylor5275.0 years
Businesses in Lea County, NM
NameCountNameCount
Albertsons1Kmart1
Alco Stores1La Quinta1
Applebee's1La-Z-Boy1
Arby's1Lane Furniture1
Ashley Furniture1Little Caesars Pizza1
AutoZone2Long John Silver's1
Best Western1Lowe's1
Burger King1Marriott1
Chevrolet1McDonald's3
Church's Chicken1New Balance1
Cinnabon 1Nike8
ColorTyme1Nissan1
Comfort Suites1Payless1
Curves1Pizza Hut2
Dairy Queen1Quiznos1
Discount Tire1RadioShack2
Econo Lodge1SONIC Drive-In3
FedEx13Sears1
Ford1Sleep Inn1
GNC1Sprint Nextel1
GameStop1Staples1
H&R Block3Subway5
Hobby Lobby1T-Mobile2
Holiday Inn1Toyota1
Home Depot1U-Haul1
JCPenney1UPS7
Jones New York1Walgreens2
KFC2Walmart1
Kincaid1Wendy's1

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  • #29 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest decrease in the number of deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #52 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Romney (Republican) in the 2012 Presidential Election (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #92 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Nitrogen Dioxide air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #95 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Nitrogen Dioxide air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"