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Chaves County is located in southeast New Mexico. The County Seat is Roswell and the largest city is Roswell. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.co.chaves.nm.us/. The 2014 population estimate is 65,878 and the 2010 census population was 65,645. The land area is 6,065.28 square miles and there are 10.8 persons per square mile.
92.4% of the population is White, 2.6% is Black or African American, 54.2% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.9% is Asian, 2.1% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.2% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.8% is two or more races. 77.7% have a high school degree or higher, and 18.4% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $96,800, there are 23,499 households, an average of 2.70 persons per household. The per capita income is $19,492, the median household income is $39,131, and 21.3% of the persons in Chaves County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 4,032. Retail sales (in $1000) were $836,078, and sales per capita were $13,392. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 26.3%.
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