Eunice, New Mexico

Eunice City Hall
Eunice City Hall

Eunice is now home to the National Enrichment Facility, a site that uses modern centrifuge technology to enrich uranium. Ground was broken on the plant in August, 2006 and enrichment operations began in June, 2010. The plant was built about five miles east of town and construction is expected to continue until sometime around 2015.

The Eunice High School baseball program has recorded 16 state championships over the years, 5th best record in the country.

The town is named for JN Carson's eldest daughter. He homesteaded a property where the center of town is now and built a store and post office in 1909. Other families soon came to the area and settled in. Oil fever came to the area in the mid-1920's and the first producing oil well was drilled near Eunice in 1928. By the mid-1930's, the population of Eunice exceeded 5,500.

The population of Eunice (although not nearly what it was in the 1930's) is up about 14.1% since 2000.

Fast Facts about Eunice, New Mexico
Eunice, Lea County, NM 88231
Latitude: 32.440005°N
Longitude: 103.162514°W
Founded: 1909
Elevation: 3,448'

High School or Higher: 66.6%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 9.0%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 2.1%
Cost of Living Index for Eunice: 78.2

2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $48,300
Median Home Value: $71,000
Median Resident Age: 33.6 Years
Major Industries:
Natural Resources, Construction, Transportation & Warehousing, Manufacturing, Real Estate Services, Wholesale Trade, Waste Management Services
Unemployed (August 2014): 3.8%
Population Demographics: 2010
Total Population 2,922
Males 1,509
Females 1,413
Population by Age
Under 18 839
18 & over 2,083
20-24 195
25-34 423
35-49 534
50-64 551
65 & over 315
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino 1,388
Non Hispanic or Latino 1,534
Population by Race
White 2,427
African-American 33
Asian 11
Native American 20
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 2
Other 371
Two or more 58