Roosevelt County, New Mexico

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Roosevelt County, New Mexico
Roosevelt County Court House.jpg
Seal of Roosevelt County, New Mexico
Map of New Mexico highlighting Roosevelt 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 28 February 1903
Named for Theodore Roosevelt
Seat Portales
Largest city Portales
 • Total 2,455 sq mi (6,358 km2)
 • Land 2,447 sq mi (6,338 km2)
 • Water 7.22 sq mi (19 km2), 0.29%
 • (2010) 19,846
 • Density 8/sq mi (3/km²)
Congressional districts 2nd, 3rd
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6

Roosevelt County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Mexico. It was created in 1903 from Chaves and Guadalupe counties and named for President Theodore Roosevelt. As of the 2010 census, the population was 19,846.[1] Its county seat is Portales.[2] The county's eastern border is the Texas state line.

Roosevelt County comprises the Portales, NM Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Clovis-Portales, NM Combined Statistical Area.The county has employee size of 100 to 150 in total


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,455 square miles (6,360 km2), of which 2,447 square miles (6,340 km2) is land and 7 square miles (18 km2) (0.29%) is water.[3]

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National protected area[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 12,064
1920 6,548 −45.7%
1930 11,109 69.7%
1940 14,549 31.0%
1950 16,409 12.8%
1960 16,198 −1.3%
1970 16,479 1.7%
1980 15,695 −4.8%
1990 16,702 6.4%
2000 18,018 7.9%
2010 19,846 10.1%
Est. 2012 20,419 2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[1]


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


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 18,018 people, 6,639 households, and 4,541 families residing in the county. The population density was 7 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 7,746 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 74.14% White, 1.65% Black or African American, 1.10% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 19.76% from other races, and 2.65% from two or more races. 33.29% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,639 households out of which 35.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.00% were married couples living together, 11.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.60% were non-families. 24.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.10% under the age of 18, 16.00% from 18 to 24, 25.50% from 25 to 44, 18.30% from 45 to 64, and 12.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 96.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,586, and the median income for a family was $31,813. Males had a median income of $26,170 versus $20,684 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,185. About 17.30% of families and 22.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.10% of those under age 18 and 16.80% of those age 65 or over.





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Government and politics[edit]

Roosevelt County is one of the most politically conservative in New Mexico, voting for Republican nominee Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election by a 38.8-point margin.

Notably, the county clerk and deputy clerk resigned in late 2013 after the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that all counties in the state must license same-sex marriages. County Manager Bill Cathey said they had resolved to quit "rather than be associated with that," according to the Associated Press.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "New Mexico: Officials Quit Over Marriage Ruling". The New York Times. November 20, 2013. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 

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Coordinates: 34°01′N 103°29′W / 34.02°N 103.48°W / 34.02; -103.48