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

The community of Lovington is the Seat for Lea County.

Lea County was founded in 1917. Lea was created by taking area from Chaves and 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 last Census (which gave a population of 55,511 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Lea represented 3.05% of the total population of New Mexico, making it the state's 10th 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.

YearPopulationChange
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% 
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200055,511The Last Census

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

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

Community 2009
Population
2000
Population
Change
(2009vs. 2000)
Hobbs   31,15128,6578.7% increase  
Lovington   10,2069,4717.76% increase  
Eunice   2,8372,56210.73% increase  
Jal   2,0941,9964.91% increase  
Tatum   77568313.47% increase  

Websites for Lea County

Official Website:   www.leacounty.net/

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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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