Chaves County, New Mexico

  • New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell
  • Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Chaves County is in southeastern New Mexico. Named in honor of Jose Francisco Chaves, Chaves County was formed in 1889 and contains 6,071 square miles of land and 4 square miles of water. The county seat and largest city is Roswell. Near Roswell is the site of the famous UFO crash of 1947.

Chaves County is home to Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Dexter National Fish Hatchery, Bottomless Lakes State Park and the Mescalero Sands and Haystack Mountain BLM Recreation Areas..

Fast Facts about Chaves County, New Mexico
Types of Jobs:
Private Sector, wages or salary: 73%
Government Sector: 18%
Unincorporated, Self-Employed: 8%
Homemaker, Unpaid: 1%
Median Resident Age: 35.2 Years
Cost of Living Index for Chaves County: 82.0
2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $35,940
Median Home Value: $96,880
Major Industries:
Educational Services, Health Care, Agriculture & Forestry, Lodging & Food Services, Construction, Transportation Equipment, Finance & Insurance Services, Government, Social Services, Retail Services
Population Demographics: 2010
Total Population 65,645
Males 32,482
Females 33,163
Population by Age
Under 18 18,383
18 & over 47,262
20-24 4,275
25-34 7,968
35-49 11,547
50-64 11,801
65 & over 9,293
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino 34,139
Non Hispanic or Latino 31,506
Population by Race
White 46,518
African-American 1,323
Asian 414
Native American 814
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 52
Other 14,399
Two or more 2,125