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Otero County, New Mexico

Otero County, New Mexico
Otero County courthouse in Alamogordo
Map of New Mexico highlighting Otero County
Location in the state of New Mexico
Map of the United States highlighting New Mexico
New Mexico's location in the U.S.
Founded January 30, 1899
Seat Alamogordo
Largest city Alamogordo
 • Total 6,628 sq mi (17,166 km2)
 • Land 6,613 sq mi (17,128 km2)
 • Water 14 sq mi (36 km2), 0.2%
 • (2010) 63,797
 • Density 9.6/sq mi (4/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website .us.nm.oteroco

Otero County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Mexico. As of the 2010 census, the population was 63,797.[1] Its county seat is Alamogordo.[2] Its southern boundary is the Texas state line.

Otero County comprises the Alamogordo, NM Micropolitan Statistical Area.[3]


  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
    • National protected areas 1.2
  • Demographics 2
    • 2010 2.1
    • 2000 2.2
  • Communities 3
    • City 3.1
    • Villages 3.2
    • Census-designated places 3.3
    • Other communities 3.4
  • Other places 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • Further reading 7


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 6,628 square miles (17,170 km2), of which 6,613 square miles (17,130 km2) is land and 14 square miles (36 km2) (0.2%) is water.[4] It is the third-largest county in New Mexico by area.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas



Whereas according to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau:


As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 62,298 people, 22,984 households, and 16,801 families residing in the county. The population density was 9 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 29,272 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 73.71% White, 3.92% Black or African American, 5.80% Native American, 1.17% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 11.67% from other races, and 3.60% from two or more races. 32.16% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 22,984 households out of which 37.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.50% were married couples living together, 11.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.90% were non-families. 23.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the county the population was spread out with 29.50% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 21.00% from 45 to 64, and 11.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 99.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,861, and the median income for a family was $34,781. Males had a median income of $27,657 versus $18,470 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,345. About 15.60% of families and 19.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.90% of those under age 18 and 12.80% of those age 65 or over.




Census-designated places

Other communities

Other places

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Alamogordo, NM Micropolitan Statistical Area" (PDF). US Census Bureau. December 2006. Retrieved September 9, 2009. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder".  

Further reading

  • Sites Southwest LLC & Bohannan Huston Inc. (October 2005). Otero County Comprehensive Plan (PDF) (Report). County of Otero. Retrieved August 31, 2009. 
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