Socorro County, New Mexico
Socorro County is in central New Mexico. The Trinity Site (where the first atom bomb was tested) is in the southeastern corner of the county while the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's VLA Telescope is in the western part of the county. New Mexico Technical & Mining Institute is located in Socorro.
Formed in 1850, Socorro County contains 6,646 square miles of land and 2 square miles of water. The county seat and largest town is Socorro.
Socorro County is home to the Bosque del Apache and Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuges, The Box BLM rock climbing area, San Lorenzo Canyon and Gordy's Hill Recreation Areas, Socorro Nature Area, Fort Craig National Historic Site, Withington and Apache Kid Wilderness Areas and Quebradas Back Country Byway. The county is also crossed north/south by El Camino Real Historic Byway. In the western apart of the county is the Plains of San Augustin with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's Very Large Array spread out across the landscape.
Private Sector, wages or salary: 55%
Government Sector: 35%
Unincorporated, Self-Employed: 9%
Homemaker, Unpaid: 1%
Population Density: 3 People per Square Mile
Cost of Living Index for Socorro County: 84.5
Median Resident Age: 32.4 Years
Median Household Income: $29,550
Median Home Value: $126,530
Educational Services, Lodging & Food Services, Government, Professional Services, Construction, Agriculture & Forestry, Health Care, Social Services, Automotive Parts & Dealers, Retail Services
|Population by Age|
|18 & over||13,596|
|65 & over||2,533|
|Population by Ethnicity|
|Hispanic or Latino||8,664|
|Non Hispanic or Latino||9,202|
|Population by Race|
|Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||8|
|Two or more||503|