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The 2000 Census showed that Valencia County had a population of 66,152 people. This represented 3.64% of the total population of New Mexico, making it the state's 7th most populous county (out of 33 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Valencia had a population of 72,913 people. This is an increase of 10.22% 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
201076,569+15.75%+5.01% since 2009
200972,913+10.22%+0.78% since 2008
200872,346+9.36%+1.24% since 2007
200771,459+8.02%+2.54% since 2006
200669,687+5.34%+1.78% since 2005
200568,465+3.5%+1.12% since 2004
200467,708+2.35%-0.23% since 2003
200367,863+2.59%+0.21% since 2002
200267,720+2.37%+0.81% since 2001
200167,178+1.55%+1.55% since 2000
200066,152The Last Census

Valencia County had 24,643 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Valencia County has a total area<3> of 1,068 square miles [2,766 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (0.58 square miles [1.5 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Valencia County had a population density of 62 people per square mile [23.92 people/km²], making it the state's 4th 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 Valencia County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Valencia and the state of New Mexico.

Click here for the Valencia County QuickFact (QF-35061).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Los LunasQF-354337014,32810,03442.79%

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
BernalilloQF-35001   N642,527556,67815.42%
CibolaQF-35006   W27,03625,5955.63%
SocorroQF-35053   S18,09218,078---
TorranceQF-35057   E16,47516,911-2.58%

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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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<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 Valencia. 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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