Lea County NM Information


Lea County Subdivisions

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


Total Population 72,825
Daytime Population: Workers 24,050
Daytime Population: Residents 49,608
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 73,658
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.01
Population in Households 70,768
Population in Familes 60,224
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,057
Population Density2 17
Diversity Index3 74


Median Household Income $50,306
Average Household Income $63,241
Per Capita Income $22,145


Total Housing Units 27,385 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 17,048 (62.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,770 (28.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,567 ( 9.4%)
Median Home Value $107,384
Average Home Value $145,058


Total Households 24,818
Average Household Size 2.85
Family Households 17,869
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 1.64% 1.25%
Households 1.53% 1.18%
Families 1.31% 1.04%
Median Household Income   0.96%
Per Capita Income   2.14%


Lea County NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lea County to the other 33 counties and county equivalents 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 # 8 79th
Population Density # 9 76th
Diversity Index # 11 70th
Median Household Income # 4 91st
Per Capita Income # 16 55th

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