Lea County, New Mexico Population 2019

Lea County, New Mexico's estimated population is 69,057 with a growth rate of -1.70% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Lea County, New Mexico is the 8th largest county in New Mexico.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
201869,6115540.80%
201769,057-1,197-1.70%
201670,254-1,242-1.74%
201571,4961,2851.83%
201470,2111,5672.28%
201368,6442,2623.41%
201266,3821,2521.92%
201165,1305310.82%
201064,5998,83415.84%
199055,765-228-0.41%
198055,9936,43912.99%
197049,554-3,875-7.25%
196053,42922,71273.94%
195030,7179,56345.21%
194021,15415,010244.30%
19306,1442,59973.31%
19203,5450.00%

Lea County, New Mexico Population Growth

Population Data via

Population by Race

Race Population
White61,283
Some Other Race3,386
Black or African American2,624
Two or More Races1,559
American Indian and Alaska Native586
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander36
Asian31

Lea County, New Mexico Population Pyramid 2019

Lea County, New Mexico Median Age

31.7


Total

31.2


Male

32.3


Female

Lea County, New Mexico Adults

There are 48,574 adults, (7,519 of whom are seniors) in Lea County, New Mexico.

Lea County, New Mexico Age Dependency

69.3

Age Dependency Ratio

18.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

51

Child Dependency Ratio

Lea County, New Mexico Sex Ratio

Female

33,701

48.49%

Male

35,804

51.51%

Lea County, New Mexico Households and Families

Lea County, New Mexico Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Lea County, New Mexico Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married79.1%20.9%
All68.1%31.9%
Male57.5%42.5%
Non Family55.2%44.8%
Female51.3%48.7%

68.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All22,0293.0468.1
Married12,1433.6679.1
Non Family5,6191.1855.2
Female2,6333.5951.3
Male1,634457.5

3.57

Average Family Size

3.04

Average Household Size

5.4%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.2%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Lea County, New Mexico Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5,42313.03%
9th to 12th Grade5,84914.05%
High School Graduate13,00731.25%
Some College9,04521.73%
Associates Degree2,8296.80%
Bachelors Degree3,2927.91%
Graduate Degree2,1725.22%

Lea County, New Mexico Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic20,42011,492906
White18,68716,8214,033
Other Race2,0211,150236
Black1,6241,303269
Multiple Races631534159
Native American47537480
Asian312310
Islander99

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 32.26%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$40,045$53,241$24,976
Less Than High School$29,586$40,295$12,632
High School Grad$36,706$52,121$21,188
Some College$41,465$60,258$26,572
Bachelors Degree$47,283$66,250$40,610
Graduate Degree$60,875$67,259$57,045

$40,045

Average Earnings

$53,241

Average Male

$24,976

Average Female

Lea County, New Mexico Language

Lea County, New Mexico Language by Age

Lea County, New Mexico Language

60.09% of Lea County, New Mexico residents speak only English, while 39.91% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 39.02% of the population.

Lea County, New Mexico Poverty

Lea County, New Mexico Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic38,1357,41419.44%
White25,0402,3509.38%
Black2,41495739.64%
Other3,30644513.46%
Multiple1,5391368.84%
Native467469.85%

16.11%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.89%

Male Poverty Rate

18.36%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Lea County, New Mexico

The race most likely to be in poverty in Lea County, New Mexico is Black, with 39.64% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Lea County, New Mexico is Multiple, with 8.84% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.94%. Among those working part-time, it was 20.41%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.36%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School18.62%
High School11.48%
Some College10.16%
Bachelors or Greater2.99%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed38.08%
Male Unemployed28.01%
Female Employed10.59%
Male Employed5.62%

Lea County, New Mexico Income

Lea County, New Mexico Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$59,285$74,244
Families$65,120$80,869
Married Families$73,422$91,630
Non Families$35,558$49,190

Lea County, New Mexico Marital Status

Lea County, New Mexico Marital Status

Marriage Rates

51.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

51.1%

Male Marriage Rate

51.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Lea County, New Mexico Married by Age and Sex

Lea County, New Mexico Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Lea County, New Mexico Marital Status by Race

Lea County, New Mexico Veterans

2,808

Number of Veterans

2,573

Male Veterans

235

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,086
Second Gulf War493
First Gulf War334
Korea224
World War II170

Lea County, New Mexico Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White2,4855.80%
Hispanic4771.91%
Black1969.28%
Other552.29%
2 or More456.89%
Indian275.31%

Lea County, New Mexico Veterans by Education

3.88%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.17%

Veteran Disability Rate

Lea County, New Mexico Employment Status

60.4%

Labor Force Participation

56.7%

Employment Rate

6.2%

Unemployment Rate

Population of Cities in Lea County, New Mexico

City 2010 Census 2016 Estimated Growth Growth Rate
Hobbs3413138143401211.75%
Lovington11017113993823.47%
Eunice292230221003.42%
Jal20472121743.62%
Tatum798827293.63%
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