Torrance County, New Mexico

  • Abo Ruins - Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
  • Gran Quivira Ruins - Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
  • The Manzano Mountains

Torrance County is in central New Mexico, southeast of Albuquerque. The area is characterized as a land-locked basin with all water flow running down to the center of the basin... that's why the "salt" in everything. Formed in 1903, Torrance County contains 3,345 square miles of land and 1 square mile of water. The county seat is Estancia, the largest town is Moriarty.

Torrance County is home to the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway, part of the Abo Pass Trail Scenic Byway, part of Historic Route 66 and all of Manzano Mountains State Park.

Fast Facts about Torrance County, New Mexico
Types of Jobs:
Private Sector, wages or salary: 65%
Government Sector: 21%
Unincorporated, Self-Employed: 12%
Homemaker, Unpaid: 2%
Cost of Living Index for Torrance County: 85.0
Median Resident Age: 34.8 Years
2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $38,380
Median Home Value: $154,270
Major Industries:
Government, Educational Services, Health Care, Construction, Agriculture & Forestry, Lodging & Food Services, Transportation Services, Professional Services, Waste Management Services, Social Services
Population Demographics: 2010
Total Population 16,383
Males 8,450
Females 7,933
Population by Age
Under 18 3,951
18 & over 12,432
20-24 857
25-34 1,687
35-49 3,224
50-64 3,919
65 & over 2,326
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino 6,399
Non Hispanic or Latino 9,984
Population by Race
White 12,460
African-American 219
Asian 71
Native American 383
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 8
Other 2,535
Two or more 707