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Eddy County, New Mexico
Map of New Mexico highlighting Eddy County
Location in the state of New Mexico
Map of the U.S. highlighting New Mexico
New Mexico's location in the U.S.
Founded 25 February 1889
Seat Carlsbad
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

4,198 sq mi (10,873 km²)

16 sq mi (41 km²), 0.37%
 - (2000)
 - Density

13/sq mi (5/km²)

Eddy County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Mexico. As of 2000, the population was 51,658. Its county seat and largest city is Carlsbad6.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is located in Eddy County. The monument to the Flying Paper Boy of the Guadalupes, Frank A. Kindel, is in Eddy County.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 10,872 km² (4,198 sq mi). 10,831 km² (4,182 sq mi) of it is land and 40 km² (16 sq mi) of it (0.37%) is water.

Adjacent counties[]


As of the census² of 2000, there were 51,658 people, 19,379 households, and 14,069 families residing in the county. The population density was 5/km² (12/sq mi). There were 22,249 housing units at an average density of 2/km² (5/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 76.34% White, 1.56% Black or African American, 1.25% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 17.67% from other races, and 2.64% from two or more races. 38.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 19,379 households out of which 35.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.10% were married couples living together, 11.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.40% were non-families. 24.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.90% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 25.70% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 14.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,998, and the median income for a family was $36,789. Males had a median income of $31,909 versus $19,686 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,823. About 13.60% of families and 17.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.50% of those under age 18 and 13.40% of those age 65 or over.

Eddy County in popular culture[]

Countryside in Eddy County, 10 miles (16 km) west of Hope




Census-designated place[]

Coordinates: 32°28′N 104°18′W / 32.47, -104.30

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