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Otero County is located in south-central New Mexico. The County Seat is Alamogordo and the largest city is Alamogordo. The Official Web Site is located at http://co.otero.nm.us/. The 2014 population estimate is 65,082 and the 2010 census population was 63,799. The land area is 6,613.21 square miles and there are 9.6 persons per square mile.
83.9% of the population is White, 4.1% is Black or African American, 35.6% is Hispanic or Latino, 1.5% is Asian, 7.2% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.4% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 2.9% is two or more races. 83.7% have a high school degree or higher, and 16.6% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $102,400, there are 23,945 households, an average of 2.60 persons per household. The per capita income is $19,880, the median household income is $39,263, and 21.8% of the persons in Otero County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 3,801. Retail sales (in $1000) were $527,819, and sales per capita were $8,338. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 32.9%.
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