Otero County, New Mexico

  • Lake Lucero, part of White Sands National Monument
  • Gypsum dunes at White Sands National Monument
  • Dog Canyon in the Sacramento Mountains
  • Western view from an overlook on the Sunspot Scenic Byway

Otero County is home to the White Sands National Monument, White Sands Missile Range and a large part of Fort Bliss. Sunspot is where the National Solar Observatory is. Alamogordo is also home the the National Space Museum. Formed in 1899, Otero County contains 6,626 square miles of land and 1 square mile of water. The county seat and largest city is Alamogordo.

Attractions available in Otero County include Lincoln National Forest, Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, Snow Canyon Ski Area, White Sands National Monument, Sunspot Scenic Byway and Oliver Lee Memorial State Park.

Fast Facts about Otero County, New Mexico
Types of Jobs:
Private Sector, wages or salary: 61%
Government Sector: 29%
Unincorporated, Self-Employed: 9%
Homemaker, Unpaid: 1%
Cost of Living Index for Otero County: 83.4
Median Resident Age: 33.8 Years
2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $38,900
Median Home Value: $120,100
Major Industries:
Government, Educational Services, Lodging & Food Services, Construction, Health Care, Social Services, Professional Services, Retail Services, Repair & Maintenance, Agriculture, Finance & Insurance Services
Population Demographics: 2010
Total Population 63,797
Males 32,194
Females 31,603
Population by Age
Under 18 15,961
18 & over 47,836
20-24 4,915
25-34 8,263
35-49 11,499
50-64 11,888
65 & over 9,552
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino 22,026
Non Hispanic or Latino 41,771
Population by Race
White 46,352
African-American 2,251
Asian 749
Native American 4,271
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 153
Other 7,352
Two or more 2,669