Lincoln County, New Mexico
Lincoln County is in central New Mexico. This is the country of Pat Garrett, Billy the Kid and the famous Lincoln County War. This is also where Smokey Bear came from.
Named in honor of President Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln County was formed in 1869. At that time, the county extended from the Texas border west to the Rio Grande and was the largest county in the United States. Time has seen the acreage cut down as other counties were formed until today, Lincoln County contains 4,831 square miles of land and almost no surface water. The county seat is Carrizozo, the largest town Ruidoso.
Among the attractions available in Lincoln County are the Lincoln State Monument, Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area, Smokey Bear Historic Park, Capitan Mountains Wilderness, White Mountain Wilderness, Lincoln National Forest, Valley of Fires and Ski Apache, all tied together by the Billy the Kid Trail, a looped scenic byway that traverses the central parts of Lincoln County. Just beyond the southwestern boundary of the county is the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site.
Private Sector, wages or salary: 66%
Government Sector: 17%
Unincorporated, Self-Employed: 16%
Homemaker, Unpaid: 1%
Population Density: 4 People per Square Mile
Cost of Living Index for Lincoln County: 85.3
Median Resident Age: 43.8 Years
Median Household Income: $42,700
EstimatedMedian Home Value: $161,700
Educational Services, Lodging & Food Services, Construction, Entertainment & Recreation, Health Care, Agriculture & Forestry, Government, Finance & Insurance Services, Real Estate Services
|Population by Age|
|18 & over||16,609|
|65 & over||4,505|
|Population by Ethnicity|
|Hispanic or Latino||6,110|
|Non Hispanic or Latino||14,387|
|Population by Race|
|Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||10|
|Two or more||508|
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