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The 2000 Census showed that Lea County had a population of 55,511 people. This represented 3.05% of the total population of New Mexico, making it the state's 10th most populous county (out of 33 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Lea had a population of 60,232 people. This is an increase of 8.5% since the 2000 Census.

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
201064,727+16.6%+7.46% since 2009
200960,232+8.5%+1.87% since 2008
200859,129+6.52%+2.03% since 2007
200757,952+4.4%+1.91% since 2006
200656,867+2.44%+1.35% since 2005
200556,109+1.08%+0.74% since 2004
200455,699+0.34%+0.73% since 2003
200355,295-0.39%-0.23% since 2002
200255,422-0.16%+1.02% since 2001
200154,865-1.16%-1.16% since 2000
200055,511The Last Census

Lea County had 23,405 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Lea County has a total area<3> of 4,394 square miles [11,380 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (1.06 square miles [2.75 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Lea County had a population density of 12.64 people per square mile [4.88 people/km²], making it the state's 11th most densely populated county (out of 33 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Lea County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Lea and the state of New Mexico.

Click here for the Lea County QuickFact (QF-35025).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Lea County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Lea County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
ChavesQF-35005   NW63,62261,3823.65%
EddyQF-35015   W52,70651,6582.03%
RooseveltQF-35041   N18,81718,0184.43%
Andrews (TX)QF-48003   SE14,05713,0048.1%
Cochran (TX)QF-48079   NE2,9273,730-21.53%
Gaines (TX)QF-48165   E15,38214,4676.32%
Loving (TX)QF-48301   S4567-32.84%
Winkler (TX)QF-48495   S6,7727,173-5.59%
Yoakum (TX)QF-48501   NE7,6987,3225.14%

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Census QuickFact for Lea County

Footnotes ...

<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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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Lea. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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