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Hobbs, New Mexico - Basic Facts

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The City of Hobbs is the 9th largest city in New Mexico with a population of 37,913 as of July 1, 2017. Hobbs ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New Mexico. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Hobbs is located at latitude 32.7291 and longitude -103.1608 in Lea County. The formal boundaries for the City of Hobbs (see map below) encompass a land area of 26.08 sq. miles and a water area of 0.04 sq. miles. Lea County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 3,622 feet.

The City of Hobbs (GNIS ID: 2410771) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

New Mexico is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Hobbs is located within Hobbs Division of Lea County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Hobbs population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Hobbs: New Hobbs.

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Hobbs, NM Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 37,913
Daytime Population: Workers 15,682
Daytime Population: Residents 25,287
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 40,969
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.08
Population in Households 36,916
Population in Familes 30,887
Population in Group Qrtrs 997
Population Density2 1,454
Diversity Index3 74


Median Household Income $46,714
Average Household Income $62,716
Per Capita Income $22,103


Total Housing Units 14,023 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,923 (56.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,857 (34.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,243 ( 8.9%)
Median Home Value $113,448
Average Home Value $136,948


Total Households 12,780
Average Household Size 2.89
Family Households 8,924
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.46% 1.11%
Households 1.31% 1.01%
Families 1.1% 0.86%
Median Household Income   1.36%
Per Capita Income   2.02%

Hobbs, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Hobbs to the other 443 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New Mexico by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 9 98th
Population Density # 23 95th
Diversity Index # 95 79th
Median Household Income # 123 72nd
Per Capita Income # 203 54th

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