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Encyclopedia > Lovington, New Mexico

Lovington is a city in Lea County, New Mexico, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 9,471. It is the county seat of Lea County6.



Location of Lovington, New Mexico

Lovington is located at 32°56'47" North, 103°21'13" West (32.946459, -103.353618)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.4 km˛ (4.8 mi˛). 12.4 km˛ (4.8 mi˛) of it is land and 0.1 km˛ (0.04 mi˛) of it is water. The total area is 0.42% water.


As of the census2 of 2000, there are 9,471 people, 3,297 households, and 2,459 families residing in the city. The population density is 766.6/km˛ (1,983.6/mi˛). There are 3,823 housing units at an average density of 309.4/km˛ (800.7/mi˛). The racial makeup of the city is 59.85% White, 3.03% African American, 0.78% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 32.74% from other races, and 3.06% from two or more races. 52.12% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 3,297 households out of which 41.6% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.0% are married couples living together, 13.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 25.4% are non-families. 22.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.80 and the average family size is 3.29.

In the city the population is spread out with 31.8% under the age of 18, 10.9% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.6% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 31 years. For every 100 females there are 96.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 94.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $26,458, and the median income for a family is $30,064. Males have a median income of $28,547 versus $19,826 for females. The per capita income for the city is $12,752. 22.1% of the population and 20.1% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 28.1% of those under the age of 18 and 16.2% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Claim to fame

Lovington is the hometown of star NFL football player Brian Urlacher, who has lived there since early childhood (after having been born in Pasco, Washington).

External links

  • Maps and aerial photos
    • Street map from Mapquest (http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?latlongtype=decimal&latitude=32.946459&longitude=-103.353618&zoom=6)
    • Topographic map from Topozone (http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?lat=32.946459&lon=-103.353618&s=200&size=m&layer=DRG100)
    • Aerial photograph from Microsoft Terraserver (http://terraserver.microsoft.com/map.aspx?t=1&s=14&lon=-103.353618&lat=32.946459&w=750&h=500)



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