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Time Zone: Chaves County lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Roswell is the Seat for Chaves County.

Chaves County was founded in 1889 and was created by taking area from LincolnCounty.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Chaves had a population of 63,622 people. This is an increase of 3.65% since the last Census (which gave a population of 61,382 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Chaves represented 3.37% of the total population of New Mexico, making it the state's 9th most populous county (out of 33 counties).

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201065,645+6.95%+3.18% since 2009
200963,622+3.65%+0.99% since 2008
200862,998+2.63%+0.91% since 2007
200061,382The Last Census

More information can be found on the Chaves County Census Page for Chaves County.


Below are some of the communities located in Chaves County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Chaves County):

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Roswell   46,45345,2932.56% increase  
Dexter   1,2401,2350.4% increase  
Hagerman   1,1751,1680.6% increase  
Lake Arthur   4384321.39% increase  

Websites for Chaves County

Official Website:   www.co.chaves.nm.us/

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<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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