Lea County

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Lea County, New Mexico

100 N Main St Suite 11
Lovington, NM 88260
Phone: (505) 396-8521
Fax: (505) 396-5684
www.leacounty.net

In the southeastern corner of NM, east of Roswell; organized Mar 7, 1917 from Chaves and Eddy counties. Name Origin: For Gen. Joseph C. Lea (?-1904), Confederate officer in the Civil War, "father of [the town of] Roswell," and founder of the New Mexico Military Institute there

Area (sq mi):: 4394.02 (land 4392.96; water 1.06) Population per square mile: 12.90
Population 2005: 56,719 State rank: 10 Population change: 2000-20005 2.20%; 1990-2000 -0.50% Population 2000: 55,511 (White 54.00%; Black or African American 4.40%; Hispanic or Latino 39.60%; Asian 0.40%; Other 28.10%). Foreign born: 11.30%. Median age: 33.10
Income 2000: per capita $14,184; median household $29,799; Population below poverty level: 21.10% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $19,993-$22,544
Unemployment (2004): 5.10% Unemployment change (from 2000): 1.90% Median travel time to work: 18.70 minutes Working outside county of residence: 6.40%
Cities with population over 10,000:
  • Hobbs (28,708)

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    Energy Transfer Partners' affiliate, ETP Crude LLC, held a binding Open Season for the Delaware Basin Crude Gathering Pipeline with a capacity to accept approximately 120,000 bpd of crude oil from receipt points located in Reeves County, TX, and Lea County, NM, for transport to delivery points in Loving County, TX, and Lea County, NM.
    Energy Transfer Partners' affiliate, ETP Crude LLC, held a binding open season for a new pipeline, the Delaware Basin Crude Gathering Pipeline that will have capacity to accept 120,000 bpd of crude oil from receipt points in Reeves County, TX and Lea County, NM for transportation to delivery points in Loving County, TX and Lea County.
    Of the acquired properties, approximately 75 percent of the proved reserves and 61 percent of the current production directly offset the Apache-operated Northeast Drinkard Unit in Lea County, NM.
    gas storage facilities: Caledonia in Lowndes County, MS and Grama Ridge in Lea County, NM.