Chaves County is a county located in the state of New Mexico. As of 2000, the population is 61,382. Its county seat is Roswell6.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 15,734 km˛ (6,075 mi˛). 15,723 km˛ (6,071 mi˛) of it is land and 11 km˛ (4 mi˛) of it is water. The total area is 0.07% water.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 61,382 people, 22,561 households, and 16,085 families residing in the county. The population density is 4/km˛ (10/mi˛). There are 25,647 housing units at an average density of 2/km˛ (4/mi˛). The racial makeup of the county is 71.95% White, 1.97% Black or African American, 1.13% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 21.25% from other races, and 3.12% from two or more races. 43.83% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 22,561 households out of which 35.60% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.70% are married couples living together, 13.70% have a female householder with no husband present, and 28.70% are non-families. 24.80% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.60% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.66 and the average family size is 3.17.
In the county the population is spread out with 29.10% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 25.30% from 25 to 44, 21.50% from 45 to 64, and 14.70% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 35 years. For every 100 females there are 95.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 91.60 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $28,513, and the median income for a family is $32,532. Males have a median income of $26,896 versus $21,205 for females. The per capita income for the county is $14,990. 21.30% of the population and 17.60% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 29.10% of those under the age of 18 and 13.90% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
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