Chaves County, New Mexico

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Chaves County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Mexico. As of 2000, the population was 61,382. Its county seat is Roswell.[1] The name commemorates the name of Jose Francisco Chaves. Created by Territorial Legislature, Feb. 25, 1889, out of land from the county of Lincoln. The county's area comprises 6,071 sq mi, making it the fourth largest county in the state.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 6,075 square miles (15,734.2 km2), of which 6,071 square miles (15,723.8 km2) is land and 4 square miles (10.4 km2) (0.07%) is water.

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As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 61,382 people, 22,561 households, and 16,085 families residing in the county. The population density was 10 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 25,647 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 71.95% White, 1.97% Black or African American, 1.13% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 21.25% from other races, and 3.12% from two or more races. 43.83% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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