Lovington, New Mexico

Lovington Public Library
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.

Fast Facts about Lovington, New Mexico
Lovington, Lea County, NM 88260
Latitude: 32.9465°N
Longitude: 103.3536°W
Founded: 1908
Elevation: 3,911'

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

2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $39,920
Median Home Value: $71,310
Median Resident Age: 30.6 Years
Major Industries:
Natural Resources, Educational Services, Lodging & Food Services, Health Care, Construction, Government, Agriculture, Retail Services
Unemployed (August 2014): 3.8%
Population Demographics: 2010
Total Population 11,009
Males 5,507
Females 5,502
Population by Age
Under 18 3,493
18 & over 7,516
20-24 742
25-34 1,731
35-49 1,912
50-64 1,591
65 & over 1,186
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino 7,076
Non Hispanic or Latino 3,933
Population by Race
White 7,368
African-American 261
Asian 44
Native American 163
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 4
Other 2,879
Two or more 290