Lovington, New Mexico
Lovington Public Library
The first store in Lovington was the Jim B. Love Grocery Store, built in 1908. Jim Love owned the store and was the postmaster of the post office in the store.
Come 1917 and Lea County was formed from parts of Eddy and Chaves Counties with Lovington as the county seat.
Back in those days, this was a ranching and farming area. Oil was first discovered nearby in 1928 but it didn't really have an impact until the Denton pool was discovered in 1950. Up until then, growth had been slow but steady.
Development of the Denton pool changed everything and keeps the local economy revolving around the highs and lows of crude oil... and, more recently, natural gas production. The population of Lovington is up more than 16% since 2000.
High School or Higher: 57.5%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 10.4%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 3.7%
Cost of Living Index for Lovington: 80.5
Median Household Income: $39,920
Median Home Value: $71,310
Median Resident Age: 30.6 Years
Natural Resources, Educational Services, Lodging & Food Services, Health Care, Construction, Government, Agriculture, Retail Services
Unemployed (August 2014): 3.8%
|Population by Age|
|18 & over||7,516|
|65 & over||1,186|
|Population by Ethnicity|
|Hispanic or Latino||7,076|
|Non Hispanic or Latino||3,933|
|Population by Race|
|Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||4|
|Two or more||290|