Lea County is located in the southeast corner of New Mexico. The County Seat is Lovington and the largest city is Hobbs. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.leacounty.net/. The 2014 population estimate is 69,999 and the 2010 census population was 64,727. The land area is 4,390.93 square miles and there are 14.7 persons per square mile.
91.6% of the population is White, 4.3% is Black or African American, 54.3% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.6% is Asian, 1.9% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.5% is two or more races. 71.3% have a high school degree or higher, and 13.3% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $97,200, there are 21,126 households, an average of 3.01 persons per household. The per capita income is $22,484, the median household income is $50,694, and 15% of the persons in Lea County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 4,313. Retail sales (in $1000) were $765,930, and sales per capita were $13,217. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0.9%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 22.4%.
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