Elida, New Mexico

Typical Roosevelt County countryside
Typical Roosevelt County countryside

Addie Peed Swearingen, a prominent Portales philanthropist, lived in Elida in the early 1900's, attending several rural schools and graduating from high school there. She went to beauty school in Roswell and then worked as a beautician for 28 years in Santa Fe. Then she returned to Elida and lived with her mother on the family ranch from 1960 to 1979. Somewhere along the way she married rancher William Swearingen and, together, they started buying mineral rights and abandoned ranch land around Eddy County back in the days before major oil and gas reserves were discovered there. Once oil and gas were discovered, well... She died in 2008 but her Addie Swearingen Foundation still provides college scholarships to assist students from Portales, Elida, Floyd and Dora in their pursuit of higher education.

The population of Elida is up about 8.7% since 2000.

Fast Facts about Elida, New Mexico
Elida, Roosevelt County, NM 88116, 88122
Latitude: 33.945246°N
Longitude: 103.654191°W
Elevation: 4,360'

High School or Higher: 59.5%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 19.8%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 12.1%
Cost of Living Index for Elida: 83.1

2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $18,800
Median Home Value: $55,800
Median Resident Age: 45.8 Years
Major Industries:
Agriculture, Transportation & Warehousing, Waste Management Services, Professional Services, Health Care, Social Services, Natural Resources
Unemployed (August 2014): 4.7%
Population Demographics: 2010
Total Population 197
Males 92
Females 105
Population by Age
Under 18 43
18 & over 154
20-24 13
25-34 20
35-49 27
50-64 49
65 & over 42
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino 50
Non Hispanic or Latino 147
Population by Race
White 154
African-American 4
Asian 3
Native American 1
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0
Other 33
Two or more 2