Lea County, New Mexico Population 2024

71,150

Lea County, New Mexico's estimated 2024 population is 71,150 with a growth rate of -0.91% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Lea County, New Mexico is the 7th largest county in New Mexico. The 2010 population was 64,598 and has seen a growth of 10.14% since that time.

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202967,895-651-0.95%
202868,546-651-0.94%
202769,197-651-0.93%
202669,848-651-0.92%
202570,499-651-0.91%
202471,150-651-0.91%
202371,801-651-0.9%
202272,452-651-0.89%
202173,103-1,532-2.05%
202074,6353,5124.94%
201971,1231,5852.28%
201869,5385070.73%
201769,031-1,244-1.77%
201670,275-1,205-1.69%
201571,4801,3021.86%
201470,1781,5472.25%
201368,6312,2573.4%
201266,3741,2391.9%
201165,1355370.83%
201064,598
199055,765-228-0.41%
198055,9936,43912.99%
197049,554-3,875-7.25%
196053,42922,71273.94%
195030,7179,56345.21%
194021,15415,010244.3%
19306,1442,59973.31%
19203,545-64,350-94.78%
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2024 Growth Rate
-0.91% (-651)
County Website
Lea County
County Seat
2010 Population
64,598
Area
4391 mi²
Density
16 people/mi²
Growth Since 2010
10.14% (6,552)
Founded
March 17, 1917

Lea County, New Mexico Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White45,58762.36%
Two or more races17,35023.73%
Other race5,8488%
Black or African American3,0784.21%
Native American8001.09%
Asian4400.6%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
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White

Two or more races

Other race

Black or African American

Native American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Lea County, New Mexico Population by Race

Lea County, New Mexico Population Pyramid 2024

Lea County, New Mexico Median Age

32.2

Total

31.8

Male

32.7

Female

Lea County, New Mexico Adults

There are 51,190 adults, (8,017 of whom are seniors) in Lea County, New Mexico.

Lea County, New Mexico Age Dependency

69.3

Age Dependency Ratio

18.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

50.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Lea County, New Mexico Sex Ratio

Female35,16948.11%
Male37,93451.89%

Lea County, New Mexico Population by Age

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

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All24,3792.968.431.6
Married11,5973.5582.517.5
Non Family7,5501.2959.940.1
Female3,0833.7651.448.6
Male2,1493.8446.653.4
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3.49

Average Family Size

2.9

Average Household Size

68.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Lea County, New Mexico Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Lea County, New Mexico Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Lea County, New Mexico Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 95.81%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 48.69%.

Lea County, New Mexico Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$47,694

Average Earnings

$62,423

Average Male

$32,689

Average Female

Lea County, New Mexico Earnings by Educational Attainment

Lea County, New Mexico Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Lea County, New Mexico Language

57.2% of Lea County, New Mexico residents speak only English, while 42.8% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 41.27% 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
Hispanic43,6218,54219.58%
White22,9463,42714.94%
Multiple16,8412,98317.71%
Other5,7781,32022.85%
Black2,88271524.81%
Native6517010.75%
Asian43240.93%
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17.77%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.49%

Male Poverty Rate

20.16%

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 24.81% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Lea County, New Mexico is Asian, with 0.93% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.83%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.45%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 29.66%.

Lea County, New Mexico Poverty

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade22.33%
High School17.11%
Some College16.48%
Bachelors or Greater4.53%
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Lea County, New Mexico Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed34.88%
Female Unemployed23.08%
Female Employed9.83%
Male Employed8.02%
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Lea County, New Mexico Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Lea County, New Mexico Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Lea County, New Mexico Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

46.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

46.3%

Male Marriage Rate

46.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Lea County, New Mexico Married by Age and Sex

male

female

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

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Lea County, New Mexico Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

1,851

Number of Veterans

1,689

Male Veterans

162

Female Veterans

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Lea County, New Mexico Veterans by War

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Lea County, New Mexico Veterans by Age

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Lea County, New Mexico Veterans by Race

Lea County, New Mexico Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

2.16%

Veteran Poverty Rate

24.86%

Veteran Disability Rate

Lea County, New Mexico Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

62.3%

Labor Force Participation

57.6%

Employment Rate

7.4%

Unemployment Rate

Lea County, New Mexico Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Lea County, New Mexico Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Lea County, New Mexico Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

45.29%

Born in Lea County, New Mexico

82.28%

Native Born

17.72%

Foreign Born

13.41%

Non Citizen

4.31%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

82.28% of Lea County, New Mexico residents were born in the United States, with 45.29% having been born in New Mexico. 13.41% 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

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