Socorro County, New Mexico

  • The Box, a BLM rock-climbing site in Socorro County
  • A view into La Jornada del Muerto, Socorro County
  • Typical landscape in Socorro County
  • The Very Large Array in Socorro County
  • Typical landscape in Socorro County
  • Socorro County Courthouse in Socorro

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.

Fast Facts about Socorro County, New Mexico
Types of Jobs:
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
2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $29,550
Median Home Value: $126,530
Major Industries:
Educational Services, Lodging & Food Services, Government, Professional Services, Construction, Agriculture & Forestry, Health Care, Social Services, Automotive Parts & Dealers, Retail Services
Population Demographics: 2010
Total Population 17,866
Males 9,172
Females 8,694
Population by Age
Under 18 4,270
18 & over 13,596
20-24 1,492
25-34 2,057
35-49 3,196
50-64 3,577
65 & over 2,533
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino 8,664
Non Hispanic or Latino 9,202
Population by Race
White 13,424
African-American 188
Asian 219
Native American 2,082
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 8
Other 1,442
Two or more 503