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Lea County, NM&

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1.15% growth
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Median Household Income
1.08% growth
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1.68% decline
Median Property Value
2.58% growth


The economy of Lea County, NM employs 28,847 people. The economy of Lea County, NM is specialized in Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction; Utilities; and Wholesale trade, which employ respectively 30.87; 2.4; and 2.11 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Lea County, NM are Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction (5,264), Retail trade (2,877), and Educational Services (2,395), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($59,470), Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($54,729), and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing ($46,417).

Median household income in Lea County, NM is $58,152. Males in Lea County, NM have an average income that is 1.9 times higher than the average income of females, which is $34,246. The income inequality of Lea County, NM (measured using the Gini index) is 0.463 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Lea County, NM. In Lea County, NM the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 6-17, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 31 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $9,945. McKinley County, NM has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in New Mexico.


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Lea County, NM is home to a population of 68,930 people, from which 88.2% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Lea County, NM is composed of 38,493 Hispanic residents (55.8%), 26,345 White residents (38.2%), 2,257 Black residents (3.27%), 1,133 Two+ residents (1.64%), and 442 Native residents (0.64%). The most common foreign languages in Lea County, NM are Spanish (26,000 speakers), French (154 speakers), and German (138 speakers), but compared to other places, Lea County, NM has a relative high number of Navajo (136 speakers), Spanish (26,000 speakers), and German (138 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Lea County, NM awarded 631 degrees. The student population of Lea County, NM is skewed towards females, with 249 male students and 382 female students. Most students in Lea County, NM are White (290 and 46%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (227 and 36%), Black or African American (63 and 10%), and Unknown (36 and 5.71%). The largest universities in Lea County, NM by number of graduates are New Mexico Junior College (398 and 63.1%), University of the Southwest (233 and 36.9%), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in Lea County, NM are General Studies (215 and 34.1%), Registered Nursing (23 and 3.65%), and Automobile Mechanics Technology (17 and 2.69%). The median tuition costs in Lea County, NM are N/A for private four year colleges, and $15,456 and $15,456 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lea County, NM is $111,400, which is 0.54 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $108,600 to $111,400, a 2.58% increase. The homeownership rate of Lea County, NM is 68.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. People in Lea County, NM have an average commute time of 19.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lea County, NM is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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