Los Alamos County, New Mexico

A view of the canyon below Los Alamos
A view of the canyon below Los Alamos

Los Alamos County is cradled in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico. The city of Los Alamos is most famous for the National Laboratory located there. The National Lab is there because Los Alamos was chosen as the site of the Manhattan Project back in 1942, and that gave the City of Los Alamos the nickname "Birthplace of the Atom Bomb." Formed in 1949, Los Alamos County contains 109 square miles of land and no significant surface water, making Los Alamos County the smallest county in New Mexico. The county seat is Los Alamos.

Los Alamos County is home to Bandelier National Monument, Pajarito Ski Area and the eastern gateway to Valles Caldera National Preserve. The county is also traversed east/west by the Jemez Mountain Trail.

Fast Facts about Los Alamos County, New Mexico
Types of Jobs:
Private Sector, wages or salary: 35%
Government Sector: 59%
Unincorporated, Self-Employed: 6%
Population Density: 165 People per Square Mile
Cost of Living Index for Los Alamos County: 98.8
Median Resident Age: 40.8 Years
2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $99,580
Median Home Value: $307,800
Major Industries:
Government, Educational Services, Professional Services, Health Care, Lodging & Food Services, Construction, Waste Management Services, Social Services
Population Demographics: 2010
Total Population 17,950
Males 9,029
Females 8,921
Population by Age
Under 18 4,348
18 & over 13,602
20-24 498
25-34 1,713
35-49 3,953
50-64 4,492
65 & over 2,686
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino 2,646
Non Hispanic or Latino 15,304
Population by Race
White 15,765
African-American 102
Asian 1,071
Native American 142
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 10
Other 393
Two or more 467