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Chaves County, New Mexico

PO Box 580
Roswell, NM 88202
Phone: (505) 624-6614
Fax: (505) 624-6523
www.co.chaves.nm.us

In southeastern NM, northeast of Las Cruces; organized Feb 24, 1889 from Lincoln County (prior to statehood). Name Origin: For Lt. Col. Jose Francisco Chaves (1833-1904), an officer during the Civil War and U.S. representative from NM (1865-67; 1869-71)

Area (sq mi):: 6075.07 (land 6070.86; water 4.21) Population per square mile: 10.20
Population 2005: 61,860 State rank: 9 Population change: 2000-20005 0.80%; 1990-2000 6.10% Population 2000: 61,382 (White 52.10%; Black or African American 2.00%; Hispanic or Latino 43.80%; Asian 0.50%; Other 25.50%). Foreign born: 11.20%. Median age: 35.20
Income 2000: per capita $14,990; median household $28,513; Population below poverty level: 21.30% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $19,007-$21,714
Unemployment (2004): 6.90% Unemployment change (from 2000): 1.10% Median travel time to work: 17.10 minutes Working outside county of residence: 5.50%
Cities with population over 10,000:
  • Roswell County seat (45,074)

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