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The 2000 Census showed that Torrance County had a population of 16,911 people. This represented 0.93% of the total population of New Mexico, making it the state's 23rd most populous county (out of 33 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Torrance had a population of 16,475 people. This is a decrease of 2.58% 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.

YearPopulationChange
Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201016,383-3.12%-0.56% since 2009
200916,475-2.58%+0.91% since 2008
200816,327-3.45%-1.51% since 2007
200716,577-1.98%-0.97% since 2006
200616,740-1.01%+0.17% since 2005
200516,712-1.18%-3% since 2004
200417,229+1.88%+1.93% since 2003
200316,902  
200216,544-2.17%-0.81% since 2001
200116,679-1.37%-1.37% since 2000
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200016,911The Last Census

Torrance County had 7,257 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Torrance County has a total area<3> of 3,345 square miles [8,665 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (1 square miles [2.58 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Torrance County had a population density of 5.06 people per square mile [1.95 people/km²], making it the state's 20th 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 Torrance County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Torrance and the state of New Mexico.

Click here for the Torrance County QuickFact (QF-35057).

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

CommunityCensus
QuickFact
Population
(2009 Est)
Population
(2000 Census)
Change in
  Population

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

CountyCensus
QuickFact
DirectionPopulation
(2009 Est.)
Population
(2000 Census)
Change in
Population
BernalilloQF-35001   NW642,527556,67815.42%
GuadalupeQF-35019   E4,2414,680-9.38%
LincolnQF-35027   S21,01619,4118.27%
San MiguelQF-35047   NE28,32330,126-5.98%
Santa FeQF-35049   N147,532129,29214.11%
SocorroQF-35053   SW18,09218,078---
ValenciaQF-35061   W72,91366,15210.22%

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Census QuickFact for Torrance 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 Torrance. 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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