Lea County, New Mexico

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Lea County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Mexico. As of 2000, the population was 55,511. Its county seat is Lovington.[1]



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,394 square miles (11,380 km²), of which 4,393 square miles (11,378 km²) is land and 1 square mile (3 km²) (0.02%) is water.

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As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 55,511 people, 19,699 households, and 14,715 families residing in the county. The population density was 13 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 23,405 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 67.13% White, 4.37% Black or African American, 0.99% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 23.81% from other races, and 3.27% from two or more races. 39.65% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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