Otero County, New Mexico

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Otero County, New Mexico
Otero County Court House Alamogordo.jpg
Otero County courthouse in Alamogordo
Map of New Mexico highlighting Otero County
Location in the state of New Mexico
Map of the United States highlighting New Mexico
New Mexico's location in the U.S.
Founded January 30, 1899
Seat Alamogordo
Largest city Alamogordo
Area
 • Total 6,627 sq mi (17,164 km2)
 • Land 6,613 sq mi (17,128 km2)
 • Water 14 sq mi (36 km2), 0.2%
Population
 • (2010) 63,797
 • Density 10/sq mi (3.7/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website co.otero.nm.us

Otero County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Mexico. As of the 2010 census, the population was 63,797.[1] Its county seat is Alamogordo.[2] Its southern boundary is the Texas state line.

Otero County comprises the Alamogordo, NM Micropolitan Statistical Area.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 6,627 square miles (17,160 km2), of which 6,613 square miles (17,130 km2) is land and 14-square-mile (36 km2) (0.2%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 7,069
1920 7,902 11.8%
1930 9,779 23.8%
1940 10,522 7.6%
1950 14,909 41.7%
1960 36,976 148.0%
1970 41,097 11.1%
1980 44,665 8.7%
1990 51,928 16.3%
2000 62,298 20.0%
2010 63,797 2.4%
Est. 2012 66,041 3.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

2010[edit]

Whereas according to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau:

2000[edit]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 62,298 people, 22,984 households, and 16,801 families residing in the county. The population density was 9 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 29,272 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 73.71% White, 3.92% Black or African American, 5.80% Native American, 1.17% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 11.67% from other races, and 3.60% from two or more races. 32.16% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 22,984 households out of which 37.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.50% were married couples living together, 11.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.90% were non-families. 23.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the county the population was spread out with 29.50% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 21.00% from 45 to 64, and 11.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 99.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,861, and the median income for a family was $34,781. Males had a median income of $27,657 versus $18,470 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,345. About 15.60% of families and 19.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.90% of those under age 18 and 12.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

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Other places in Otero County[edit]

Coordinates: 32°37′N 105°44′W / 32.62°N 105.73°W / 32.62; -105.73

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Alamogordo, NM Micropolitan Statistical Area" (PDF). US Census Bureau. December 2006. Retrieved September 9, 2009. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008. 

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