Valencia County, New Mexico
Valencia County is in central New Mexico and is mostly part of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Area. For a time, Valencia County stretched from Texas to California. Since 1850 though, the county lines have been changed a dozen times, the last time being in 1981 when Cibola County was created from the western half of Valencia County.
During the Civil War, a skirmish between Union and Confederate troops was fought at Peralta, just north of Los Lunas. That April 15, 1862 event convinced the Confederates to continue their retreat southward after losing the Battle of Glorieta a few days previously.
Formed in 1852, Valencia County contains 1,068 square miles of land and 1 square mile of water. The county seat is Los Lunas.
Valencia County is crossed north/south by El Camino Real Historic Byway and the southeastern part of the county is crossed by part of the Abo Pass Trail Scenic Byway. The Abo Ruins Unit of Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument is just inside the county line at Abo Pass, as is the northernmost bit of Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge along the Abo Pass Trail.
Private Sector, wages or salary: 72%
Government Sector: 21%
Unincorporated, Self-Employed: 7%
Cost of Living Index for Valencia County: 83.9
Median Resident Age: 33.8 Years
Median Household Income: $41,850
Median Home Value: $131,200
Educational Services, Government, Health Care, Lodging & Food Services, Construction, Professional Services, Finance & Insurance Services, Transportation Services, Social Services, Repair & Maintenance, Waste Management Services
|Population by Age|
|18 & over||56,387|
|65 & over||9,742|
|Population by Ethnicity|
|Hispanic or Latino||44,605|
|Non Hispanic or Latino||31,964|
|Population by Race|
|Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||55|
|Two or more||3,049|