Lea County, New Mexico Population 2022

Lea County, New Mexico's estimated population is 75,651 with a growth rate of 2.06% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Lea County, New Mexico is the 9th largest county in New Mexico. The 2010 Population was 64,598 and has seen a growth of 17.11% since this time.

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
19203,5450.00%
19306,1442,59973.31%
194021,15415,010244.30%
195030,7179,56345.21%
196053,42922,71273.94%
197049,554-3,875-7.25%
198055,9936,43912.99%
199055,765-228-0.41%
201064,5988,83315.84%
201165,1265280.82%
201266,3621,2361.90%
201368,6132,2513.39%
201470,1651,5522.26%
201571,4761,3111.87%
201670,249-1,227-1.72%
201769,046-1,203-1.71%
201869,5434970.72%
201971,0701,5272.20%
202072,5971,5272.15%
202174,1241,5272.10%
202275,6511,5272.06%
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Lea County, New Mexico Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White56,82680.77%
Black or African American2,5853.67%
American Indian and Alaska Native7351.04%
Asian4030.57%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander100.01%
Some Other Race3,5665.07%
Two or More Races6,2348.86%
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Lea County, New Mexico Population by Race

Lea County, New Mexico Population Pyramid 2022

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Lea County, New Mexico Median Age

32


Total

31.3


Male

32.8


Female

Lea County, New Mexico Adults

There are 49,143 adults, (7,792 of whom are seniors) in Lea County, New Mexico.

Lea County, New Mexico Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

18.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

51.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Lea County, New Mexico Sex Ratio

Female

34,165

48.56%

Male

36,194

51.44%

Lea County, New Mexico Population by Age

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

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Lea County, New Mexico Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married81.1%18.9%
All68%32%
Non Family58.5%41.5%
Male52.2%47.8%
Female47.8%52.2%

68.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Lea County, New Mexico Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All22,8682.9668
Married11,6413.5681.1
Male1,7933.9252.2
Female3,1463.6747.8
Non Family6,2881.2258.5

3.51

Average Family Size

2.96

Average Household Size

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Lea County, New Mexico Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade4,95911.74%
9th to 12th Grade5,36112.69%
High School Graduate13,52432.02%
Some College8,88621.04%
Associates Degree3,3437.92%
Bachelors Degree3,4678.21%
Graduate Degree2,6936.38%
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Lea County, New Mexico Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Lea County, New Mexico Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Asian244238103
Native American530415139
White17,77416,0744,419
Other Race2,1301,383309
2+ Races2,8821,909309
Black1,4661,271101
Hispanic22,08013,7821,304
Islander1010

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 42.21%.

Lea County, New Mexico Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$44,320$60,304$29,177
Less Than 9th Grade$32,737$44,715$14,707
High School Graduate$42,361$63,080$21,375
Some College$40,763$62,231$29,317
Bachelors Degree$61,279$73,051$47,526
Graduate Degree$65,725$69,444$64,130

$44,320

Average Earnings

$60,304

Average Male

$29,177

Average Female

Lea County, New Mexico Earnings by Educational Attainment

Lea County, New Mexico Language by Age

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Lea County, New Mexico Language

60.97% of Lea County, New Mexico residents speak only English, while 39.03% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 37.55% of the population.

Lea County, New Mexico Language

Lea County, New Mexico Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black2,45374630.41%
Hispanic40,4567,26117.95%
White23,3872,99512.81%
Native6137512.23%
Other653NaN%
Multiple6,0473315.47%

16.25%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.61%

Male Poverty Rate

17.91%

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 30.41% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Lea County, New Mexico is Multiple, with 5.47% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.35%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.92%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 28.21%.

Lea County, New Mexico Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade20.83%
High School15.95%
Some College14.76%
Bachelors or Greater2.95%

Lea County, New Mexico Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed6.58%
Male Unemployed36.14%
Female Employed9.17%
Female Unemployed18.14%

Lea County, New Mexico Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Lea County, New Mexico Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$61,867$78,407
Families$68,372$87,580
Married Families$78,474$102,588
Non Families$31,750$48,640
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Income by Household Type

Lea County, New Mexico Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

48.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.7%

Male Marriage Rate

48.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Lea County, New Mexico Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Lea County, New Mexico Marital Status

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1,887

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War364
First Gulf War422
Vietnam717
Korea115
World War II20

Lea County, New Mexico Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 34191
35 to 54456
55 to 64384
65 to 74540
75+316

Lea County, New Mexico Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,6444.10%
Black1447.60%
Native American457.61%
Asian72.75%
Other Race210.80%
2+ Races260.71%
Hispanic3711.38%

Lea County, New Mexico Veterans by Race

Lea County, New Mexico Veterans by Education

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2.97%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.45%

Veteran Disability Rate

Lea County, New Mexico Veterans by Education

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61%

Labor Force Participation

56.8%

Employment Rate

6.9%

Unemployment Rate

Lea County, New Mexico Employment by Age

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Lea County, New Mexico Employment by Race

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Lea County, New Mexico Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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44.12%

Born in Lea County, New Mexico

82.94%

Native Born

17.06%

Foreign Born

12.18%

Non Citizen

4.87%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

82.94% of Lea County, New Mexico residents were born in the United States, with 44.12% having been born in New Mexico. 12.18% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Lea County, New Mexico Place of Birth

  1. US Census City/Town Population estimates - Most recent state estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  2. Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790 - 1990

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