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Lea County, New Mexico (NM)

County population in 2019: 71,070 (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).

March 2019 cost of living index in Lea County: 84.0 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (20.8%), Educational, health and social services (17.3%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 80%
  • Government: 16%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 4%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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  • Races in Lea County, NM (2019)
    • 41,72059.1%Hispanic or Latino
    • 24,51634.7%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 2,5013.5%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 6560.9%Two or more races
    • 5660.8%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 4460.6%Asian alone
    • 1410.2%Some other race alone
    • 50.01%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
Median resident age:

33.0 years
New Mexico median age:

38.6 years
Males: 36,824  (51.8%)
Females: 34,246  (48.2%)
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Average household size:
Lea County:

2.0 people
New Mexico:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2019: $68,457 ($29,799 in 1999)
This county:

$68,457
New Mexico:

$51,945

Median contract rent in 2019 for apartments: $903 (lower quartile is $531, upper quartile is $992)
This county:

$903
State:

$737


Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $147,900 (it was $47,300 in 2000)
Lea:

$147,900
New Mexico:

$180,900
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $82,800 - $217,700
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,180
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $330

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
Lea County, NM map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 12 buildings, average cost: $125,400
  • 1998: 11 buildings, average cost: $191,500
  • 1999: 1 building, cost: $249,000
  • 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
  • 2015: 175 buildings, average cost: $211,000
  • 2016: 151 buildings, average cost: $192,400
  • 2017: 82 buildings, average cost: $205,500
  • 2018: 166 buildings, average cost: $211,600
  • 2019: 164 buildings, average cost: $219,100
Number of permits per 10,000 Lea, NM residents
Average permit cost in Lea, NM
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,059 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $497 (0.5%)

Distribution of median household income in Lea, NM in 2019
Distribution of house value in Lea, NM in 2019
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Lea, NM in 2019
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 16.4%
Lea County:

16.4%
New Mexico:

18.2%
(10.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 38.9% for Black residents, 16.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 12.0% for American Indian residents, 11.9% for other race residents, 9.1% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2019: 33.0 years old
(Males: 33.1 years old, Females: 32.9 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 41.7 years old, Black residents: 31.4 years old, American Indian residents: 39.6 years old, Asian residents: 33.1 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 27.0 years old, Other race residents: 33.0 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

2018 air pollution in Lea County:

Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.01 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.036 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Above U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 8.1 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 November 2020:
Here:

10.6%
New Mexico:

7.3%

Unemployment by year in Lea, NM
County total employment by year in Lea, NM
County average yearly wages by year in Lea, NM

Current college students: 2,754
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 75.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 13.0%

Number of foreign born residents: 14,523 (30.0% naturalized citizens)

Lea County:

20.4%
Whole state:

9.6%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 2,5472010 or later
  • 3,1222000 to 2009
  • 2,4101990 to 1999
  • 1,6991980 to 1989
  • 1,7751970 to 1979
  • 1,029Before 1970

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: 18,817
  • One, attached: 540
  • Two: 303
  • 3 or 4: 1,147
  • 5 to 9: 631
  • 10 to 19: 157
  • 20 to 49: 659
  • 50 or more: 617
  • Mobile homes: 4,045
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 115

Housing units in Lea County with a mortgage: 6,807 (76 second mortgage, 165 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 8,655

Here:

42.9% with mortgage
State:

52.9% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Lea County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
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 above New Mexico state average. It is 365% 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 3/26/2020 at 15:16:27, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MW, Depth: 5.9 mi) earthquake occurred 81.5 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 3/28/2010 at 00:03:55, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 MW, Depth: 2.5 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 71.3 miles away from Lea County center
On 12/19/2005 at 20:27:40, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 72.5 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • New Mexico Covid-19 Pandemic, Incident Period: January 20, 2020, FEMA Id: 4529, Natural disaster type: Other
  • 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 (6) is a lot smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 2
Emergencies Declared: 2
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Lea

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 25,623 (84.7%)
  • Carpooled: 3,303 (10.9%)
  • Bus: 1 (0.0%)
  • Light rail, streetcar or trolley: 30 (0.1%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 159 (0.5%)
  • Bicycle: 46 (0.2%)
  • Walked: 351 (1.2%)
  • Worked at home: 685 (2.3%)
Class of Workers in 2019
Most common industries in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (10%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Retail trade (6%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (4%)
  • Finance and insurance (3%)

Most common industries for females in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (19%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (9%)
  • Public administration (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)

Most common occupations in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2019


  • Construction and extraction occupations (22%)
  • Transportation occupations (13%)
  • Material moving occupations (12%)
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (9%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Production occupations (7%)

Most common occupations for females in 2019


  • Educational instruction, and library occupations (16%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (16%)
  • Sales and related occupations (16%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (6%)
  • Community and social service occupations (5%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Mexico (85%)
  • Cuba (3%)
  • Pakistan (1%)
  • Philippines (1%)
  • Honduras (1%)
  • El Salvador (1%)
  • Dominican Republic (0%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Lea County


  • American (6%)
  • Irish (2%)
  • German (2%)
  • English (2%)
  • European (1%)
  • African (0%)
  • Scottish (0%)

Owners and renters by unit type
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 $66,968.

4.94% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($43,824 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.94%
New Mexico average:

6.21%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
1.23% relocated from other counties in New Mexico ($10,689 average AGI)
3.70% relocated from other states ($33,135 average AGI)
Lea County:

3.70%
New Mexico average:

3.55%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Eddy County, NM  0.32% ($49,438 average AGI)
from El Paso County, TX  0.30% ($39,797)
from Ector County, TX  0.25% ($44,237)
from Bernalillo County, NM  0.22% ($43,808)
from Dona Ana County, NM  0.18% ($30,293)
from Lubbock County, TX  0.18% ($31,268)
from Gaines County, TX  0.16% ($57,865)


7.76% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($48,562 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.76%
New Mexico average:

6.56%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
1.50% relocated to other counties in New Mexico ($8,545 average AGI)
6.26% relocated to other states ($40,018 average AGI)
Lea County:

6.26%
New Mexico average:

3.93%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Lubbock County, TX  0.55% ($45,969 average AGI)
to El Paso County, TX  0.43% ($41,441)
to Midland County, TX  0.29% ($59,543)
to Eddy County, NM  0.28% ($53,567)
to Ector County, TX  0.26% ($47,254)
to Bernalillo County, NM  0.26% ($38,484)
to Dona Ana County, NM  0.23% ($48,667)

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 2019: 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 population in Lea County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2018: 12.6%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2018: 6.5%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Lea County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Lea County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Lea County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Lea County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Lea County
Population under 19 years 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 Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Lea County, New Mexico in 1999 - 2019:

  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (749)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (741)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (634)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (584)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (366)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (296)
  • Congestive heart failure (295)
  • Unspecified dementia (214)
  • Alzheimer disease, unspecified (198)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (153)

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: 71,070
  • Male householders: 13,056 (2,943 living alone), Female householders: 11,422 (2,552 living alone)
  • 12,685 spouses (12,685 opposite-sex spouses), 1,399 unmarried partners, (1,273 opposite-sex unmarried partners), 22,986 children (21,783 natural, 486 adopted, 717 stepchildren), 2,366 grandchildren, 660 brothers or sisters, 521 parents, 281 foster children, 637 other relatives, 2,318 non-relatives
  • In group quarters: 2,739

Size of family households: 5,810 2-persons, 3,300 3-persons, 4,908 4-persons, 2,527 5-persons, 616 6-persons, 198 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 5,495 1-person, 1,341 2-persons, 283 4-persons.

11,059 married couples with children.
6,433 single-parent households (2,030 men, 4,403 women).

62.2% of residents of Lea speak English at home.
36.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (68% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 13% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
0.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (64% speak English very well, 24% speak English well, 6% speak English not well, 6% don't speak English at all).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (74% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 6% speak English not well).
0.3% of residents speak other language at home (66% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 9% speak English not well, 3% 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 in Lea County, New Mexico
  • Year house built in Lea County, New Mexico
  • 1,6502014 or later
  • 5362010 to 2013
  • 1,7782000 to 2009
  • 2,9941990 to 1999
  • 3,4551980 to 1989
  • 4,0651970 to 1979
  • 4,1481960 to 1969
  • 6,2591950 to 1959
  • 1,6931940 to 1949
  • 4531939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Lea County, New Mexico
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Lea County, New Mexico
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Lea County, New Mexico
  • 01 room
  • 3502 rooms
  • 333 rooms
  • 1,3694 rooms
  • 4,4165 rooms
  • 5,1066 rooms
  • 2,0867 rooms
  • 1,4868 rooms
  • 8759+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Lea County, New Mexico
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Lea County, New Mexico
  • 6241 room
  • 382 rooms
  • 9353 rooms
  • 2,4134 rooms
  • 3,3545 rooms
  • 6976 rooms
  • 5237 rooms
  • 738 rooms
  • 1009+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Lea County, New Mexico
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Lea County, New Mexico
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Lea County, New Mexico
  • 0no bedroom
  • 3831 bedroom
  • 2,1092 bedrooms
  • 9,6433 bedrooms
  • 3,2404 bedrooms
  • 3465+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Lea County, New Mexico
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Lea County, New Mexico
  • 624no bedroom
  • 9361 bedroom
  • 3,0092 bedrooms
  • 3,5033 bedrooms
  • 6854 bedrooms
  • 05+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Lea County, New Mexico in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Lea County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Lea County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 397no vehicle
  • 3,3261 vehicle
  • 6,1022 vehicles
  • 3,7503 vehicles
  • 1,6394 vehicles
  • 5075+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Lea County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Lea County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 838no vehicle
  • 3,0831 vehicle
  • 3,7332 vehicles
  • 6073 vehicles
  • 4964 vehicles
  • 05+ vehicles

88.9% 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, 40% lived in New Mexico.

Lea County:

88.9%
State average:

86.7%

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

  • This state: 28,171
  • Other state: 27,834
  • Northeast: 417
  • Midwest: 1,787
  • South: 20,993
  • West: 4,637
Year householders moved into unit in Lea County, NM
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Lea County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 48.8%Electricity
  • 46.1%Utility gas
  • 3.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.1%Wood
  • 0.5%Other fuel
  • 0.1%Solar energy
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 57.0%Electricity
  • 38.6%Utility gas
  • 2.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.9%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.3%Wood
  • 0.3%No fuel used

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 327
Here:

3.2%
New Mexico:

7.6%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 155
Here:

3.9%
New Mexico:

6.7%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 182
Here:

9.3%
New Mexico:

11.1%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Lea County government finances - Expenditure in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $2,105,000
    Air Transportation: $173,000
    Solid Waste Management: $49,000
  • Construction - Judicial and Legal Services: $19,052,000
    Regular Highways: $3,055,000
    Air Transportation: $2,105,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,264,000
    Correctional Institutions: $534,000
    Central Staff Services: $396,000
    General Public Buildings: $190,000
    Local Fire Protection: $16,000
    Police Protection: $8,000
    Corrections - Other: $6,000
    Health - Other: $4,000
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $9,647,000
    Correctional Institutions: $9,271,000
    Regular Highways: $6,155,000
    Central Staff Services: $5,669,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $5,305,000
    Parks and Recreation: $3,246,000
    Financial Administration: $2,780,000
    General - Other: $2,559,000
    Health - Other: $1,632,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,507,000
    Corrections - Other: $983,000
    Local Fire Protection: $978,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $832,000
    Air Transportation: $588,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $443,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $6,000
    Water Utilities: $1,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $2,945,000
    Air Transportation: $2,098,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,129,000
    Natural Resources: $21,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $136,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Police Protection: $1,517,000
    Other - Public Welfare - Other: $1,073,000
    Other - Housing and Community Development: $332,000
    Other - General - Other: $300,000
    Other - Natural Resources - Other: $218,000
    Other - Judicial and Legal Services: $84,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Health - Other: $5,015,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $3,623,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $6,365,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,630,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $735,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $840,000
    Sale of Property: $322,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $255,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $202,000
    General Revenue - Other: $196,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $1,354,000
    General - Other: $174,000
    Air Transportation: $118,000
    Correctional Institutions: $113,000
    Financial Administration: $112,000
    Health - Other: $88,000
    General Public Building: $34,000
    Regular Highways: $34,000
    Central Staff Services: $2,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $75,505,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,000,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $1,545,000
    Public Welfare: $1,353,000
    Other: $350,000
    General Local Government Support: $260,000
  • Tax - Property: $51,001,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $14,568,000
    Other License: $198,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $1,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $18,214,000

Lea County government finances - Revenue in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $2,105,000
    Air Transportation: $173,000
    Solid Waste Management: $49,000
  • Construction - Judicial and Legal Services: $19,052,000
    Regular Highways: $3,055,000
    Air Transportation: $2,105,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,264,000
    Correctional Institutions: $534,000
    Central Staff Services: $396,000
    General Public Buildings: $190,000
    Local Fire Protection: $16,000
    Police Protection: $8,000
    Corrections - Other: $6,000
    Health - Other: $4,000
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $9,647,000
    Correctional Institutions: $9,271,000
    Regular Highways: $6,155,000
    Central Staff Services: $5,669,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $5,305,000
    Parks and Recreation: $3,246,000
    Financial Administration: $2,780,000
    General - Other: $2,559,000
    Health - Other: $1,632,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,507,000
    Corrections - Other: $983,000
    Local Fire Protection: $978,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $832,000
    Air Transportation: $588,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $443,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $6,000
    Water Utilities: $1,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $2,945,000
    Air Transportation: $2,098,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,129,000
    Natural Resources: $21,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $136,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Police Protection: $1,517,000
    Other - Public Welfare - Other: $1,073,000
    Other - Housing and Community Development: $332,000
    Other - General - Other: $300,000
    Other - Natural Resources - Other: $218,000
    Other - Judicial and Legal Services: $84,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Health - Other: $5,015,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $3,623,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $6,365,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,630,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $735,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $840,000
    Sale of Property: $322,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $255,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $202,000
    General Revenue - Other: $196,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $1,354,000
    General - Other: $174,000
    Air Transportation: $118,000
    Correctional Institutions: $113,000
    Financial Administration: $112,000
    Health - Other: $88,000
    General Public Building: $34,000
    Regular Highways: $34,000
    Central Staff Services: $2,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $75,505,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,000,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $1,545,000
    Public Welfare: $1,353,000
    Other: $350,000
    General Local Government Support: $260,000
  • Tax - Property: $51,001,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $14,568,000
    Other License: $198,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $1,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $18,214,000

Lea County government finances - Debt in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $2,105,000
    Air Transportation: $173,000
    Solid Waste Management: $49,000
  • Construction - Judicial and Legal Services: $19,052,000
    Regular Highways: $3,055,000
    Air Transportation: $2,105,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,264,000
    Correctional Institutions: $534,000
    Central Staff Services: $396,000
    General Public Buildings: $190,000
    Local Fire Protection: $16,000
    Police Protection: $8,000
    Corrections - Other: $6,000
    Health - Other: $4,000
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $9,647,000
    Correctional Institutions: $9,271,000
    Regular Highways: $6,155,000
    Central Staff Services: $5,669,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $5,305,000
    Parks and Recreation: $3,246,000
    Financial Administration: $2,780,000
    General - Other: $2,559,000
    Health - Other: $1,632,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,507,000
    Corrections - Other: $983,000
    Local Fire Protection: $978,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $832,000
    Air Transportation: $588,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $443,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $6,000
    Water Utilities: $1,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $2,945,000
    Air Transportation: $2,098,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,129,000
    Natural Resources: $21,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $136,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Police Protection: $1,517,000
    Other - Public Welfare - Other: $1,073,000
    Other - Housing and Community Development: $332,000
    Other - General - Other: $300,000
    Other - Natural Resources - Other: $218,000
    Other - Judicial and Legal Services: $84,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Health - Other: $5,015,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $3,623,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $6,365,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,630,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $735,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $840,000
    Sale of Property: $322,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $255,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $202,000
    General Revenue - Other: $196,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $1,354,000
    General - Other: $174,000
    Air Transportation: $118,000
    Correctional Institutions: $113,000
    Financial Administration: $112,000
    Health - Other: $88,000
    General Public Building: $34,000
    Regular Highways: $34,000
    Central Staff Services: $2,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $75,505,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,000,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $1,545,000
    Public Welfare: $1,353,000
    Other: $350,000
    General Local Government Support: $260,000
  • Tax - Property: $51,001,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $14,568,000
    Other License: $198,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $1,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $18,214,000

Lea County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $2,105,000
    Air Transportation: $173,000
    Solid Waste Management: $49,000
  • Construction - Judicial and Legal Services: $19,052,000
    Regular Highways: $3,055,000
    Air Transportation: $2,105,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,264,000
    Correctional Institutions: $534,000
    Central Staff Services: $396,000
    General Public Buildings: $190,000
    Local Fire Protection: $16,000
    Police Protection: $8,000
    Corrections - Other: $6,000
    Health - Other: $4,000
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $9,647,000
    Correctional Institutions: $9,271,000
    Regular Highways: $6,155,000
    Central Staff Services: $5,669,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $5,305,000
    Parks and Recreation: $3,246,000
    Financial Administration: $2,780,000
    General - Other: $2,559,000
    Health - Other: $1,632,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,507,000
    Corrections - Other: $983,000
    Local Fire Protection: $978,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $832,000
    Air Transportation: $588,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $443,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $6,000
    Water Utilities: $1,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $2,945,000
    Air Transportation: $2,098,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,129,000
    Natural Resources: $21,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $136,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Police Protection: $1,517,000
    Other - Public Welfare - Other: $1,073,000
    Other - Housing and Community Development: $332,000
    Other - General - Other: $300,000
    Other - Natural Resources - Other: $218,000
    Other - Judicial and Legal Services: $84,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Health - Other: $5,015,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $3,623,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $6,365,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,630,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $735,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $840,000
    Sale of Property: $322,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $255,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $202,000
    General Revenue - Other: $196,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $1,354,000
    General - Other: $174,000
    Air Transportation: $118,000
    Correctional Institutions: $113,000
    Financial Administration: $112,000
    Health - Other: $88,000
    General Public Building: $34,000
    Regular Highways: $34,000
    Central Staff Services: $2,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $75,505,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,000,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $1,545,000
    Public Welfare: $1,353,000
    Other: $350,000
    General Local Government Support: $260,000
  • Tax - Property: $51,001,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $14,568,000
    Other License: $198,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $1,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $18,214,000

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
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

Lea County on our top lists:

  • #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)"