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Welcome to Tatum ...

The town of Tatum is located in southeast New Mexico.

Tatum is located in Lea County<1>.

The location of Tatum has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Tatum has a population of 830 people<3> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Tatum.

The community of Tatum is 3,990 feet [1,216 m] above sea level.<4> In other words, the elevation of Tatum is ¾ mile [or ~1¼ km] above sea level.

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

Note: If you travel east from Tatum (for example, toward Plains (TX)), you will soon leave Mountain Time and cross into the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT).

The area code for Tatum: (575)

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Tatum had an population of 830 people. This is an increase of 4.01% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 21.52% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Tatum had a population of 798 people. This makes Tatum the county's 5th most populous community.

The population of Tatum represents 0.04% of the total population of New Mexico (which has 2,059,179 people), making it the state's 70th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 798 people, the population of Tatum increased 16.84% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 683 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Tatum.

Communities Also Named Tatum ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 6 communities that are also named Tatum - they are located in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Tatum.

Communities near Tatum ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Tatum.

  • Gladiola (7 miles [11.3 km] to the east) - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gladiola
    • Gladiola was located 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the east of Tatum and is located in Lea County
  • McDonald (7 miles [11.3 km] to the south)
  • Hillburn City (11 miles [17.7 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hillburn City
    • Hillburn City lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the south of Tatum and is located in Lea County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hillburn City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hillburn City
  • Bronco (14 miles [22.5 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bronco
    • Bronco lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the east of Tatum and is located in Lea County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bronco have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bronco
  • Bronco (14 miles [22.5 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bronco
    • Bronco lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the east of Tatum and is located in Yoakum County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bronco have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bronco
  • Crossroads (17 miles [27.4 km] to the north)
  • Lovington (21 miles [33.8 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lovington
    • Lovington lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<5> to the south of Tatum and is located in Lea County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 11,474 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lovington have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lovington
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lovington<6>
  • Milnesand (26 miles [41.8 km] to the north)
  • Plains (28 miles [45.1 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Plains
    • Plains lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<5> to the east of Tatum and is located in Yoakum County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,655 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plains
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Plains<6>
  • Bledsoe (30 miles [48.3 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bledsoe
    • Bledsoe lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<5> to the northeast of Tatum and is located in Cochran County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bledsoe have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bledsoe
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bledsoe<6>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Tatum. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Tatum.

We have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Tatum. See our Newspapers Page for Tatum.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Tatum ...

Looking for more information about Tatum? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Tatum, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Tatum.

Adding Tatum to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Tatum in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Tatum was on a map titled Map of Arizona and New Mexico (from Rand McNally, 1925).

We also found Tatum on a map titled Rand McNally Map of New Mexico (1951).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Tatum on our Genealogy Page.

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Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Tatum. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Lea County: www.leacounty.net/

The official website for State of New Mexico: www.newmexico.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of New Mexico's counties, including Lea, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Tatum.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Tatum - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Tatum) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Tatum. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from TatumOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Tatum. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2557, Longitude: -103.3151       In this case, the coordinates for Tatum have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.




 

 

 

 

 


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