Otero County, New Mexico

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Otero County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Mexico. As of 2000, the population was 62,298. Its county seat is Alamogordo.[1] The Census Bureau defines the Alamogordo Micropolitan Statistical Area as Otero County.[2]



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 6,627 square miles (17,165 km²), of which 6,626 square miles (17,163 km²) is land and 1 square mile (2 km²) (0.01%) is water.

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As of the census[3] 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.

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