McKinley County, New Mexico

  • Typical red rocks formation in McKinley County, New Mexico
  • Typical rock formations in McKinley County, New Mexico

McKinley County is in northwestern New Mexico. A large portion of the Navajo Nation is here.

Named in honor of President Rutherford McKinley, McKinley County contains 5,449 square miles of land and 6 square miles of water. The county seat, largest and only incorporated town is Gallup. There are settlements spread all across the county but as most of them are on Navajo Nation land, they may be tribal chapter houses but they don't tend to incorporate.

Fast Facts about McKinley County, New Mexico
Types of Jobs:
Private Sector, wages or salary: 56%
Government Sector: 37%
Unincorporated, Self-Employed: 6%
Homemaker, Unpaid: 1%
Population Density: 13 People per Square Mile
Cost of Living Index for McKinley County: 81.3
Median Resident Age: 26.9 Years
2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $34,950
Median Home Value: $92,300
Major Industries:
Educational Services, Government, Health Care, Construction, Lodging & Food Services, Social Services, Miscellaneous Manufacturing, Finance & Insurance Services, Retail Services
Population Demographics: 2010
Total Population 71,492
Males 34,620
Females 36,872
Population by Age
Under 18 22,373
18 & over 49,119
20-24 5,503
25-34 8,843
35-49 13,386
50-64 11,878
65 & over 6,813
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino 9,473
Non Hispanic or Latino 62,019
Population by Race
White 10,834
African-American 360
Asian 568
Native American 53,988
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 23
Other 3,522
Two or more 2,197