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New Mexico Almanac: Facts and Figures

Quick Facts and Figures on the State of New Mexico

New Mexico Almanac: Facts on the State on New MexicoNew Mexico Almanac furnishes quick facts and figures on the state, its history and geography; largest and smallest counties, largest cities; climate and weather, temperature, highest, lowest, and mean temperatures; elevations, lowest, highest elevations; total area, land area and water area, state forest and park areas; bordering states, electoral votes, number of senators and representatives to the US Congress, and other statistical data.

Use this almanac of New Mexico for information on local issues, politics, events, celebrations, people and business pertaining to the state of New Mexico that can be found online.

New Mexico is one of the Mountain states of the US. New Mexico is one of the Four Corners states, meeting the boundaries of Colorado, Arizona, and Utah at one point where all their corners meet. Name of New Mexico is an anglicized version of "Nuevo Mexico," the Spanish name for the upper Rio Grande. Mexico, an Aztec spelling, means "place of Mexitli" one of the Aztec gods.

Since 1945, New Mexico has been a leader in energy research and development with extensive experiments conducted at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and Sandia Laboratories in the nuclear, solar, and geothermal areas. Minerals are the state's richest natural resource, and New Mexico is one of the U.S. leaders in output of uranium and potassium salts. Petroleum, natural gas, copper, gold, silver, zinc, lead, and molybdenum also contribute heavily to the state's income. The principal manufacturing industries include food products, chemicals, transportation equipment, lumber, electrical machinery, and stone-clay-glass products. About two-thirds of New Mexico's farm income comes from livestock products, especially dairy and cattle. Pecans, hay, and onions are the most important field crops. Corn, peanuts, beans, onions, chilies, and lettuce are also grown.

New Mexico Almanac: Facts on New Mexico

Official Name New Mexico
Capital Santa Fe
Nicknames Land of Enchantment (1999) ...and more
Motto Crescit Eundo (It grows as it goes)
Location & Region 35.67850 N, 105.95414 W Great Plains
Rocky Mountains
Constitution Ratified 1911
Statehood January 06, 1912 47th state
Population 2,059,179 (2010) 14.99 sq. mi. 36th
Largest City
(by population)
10 largest cities (2010 est.):Albuquerque, 545,852; Las Cruces, 97,618; Santa Fe, 70,631; Rio Rancho, 67,947; Roswell, 48,366; Farmington, 45,877; Clovis, 37,775; Hobbs, 34,122; Alamogordo, 30,403; Carlsbad, 26,138
Bordering States North: Colorado
East: Oklahoma and Texas
South: Texas and the Mexican state of Chihuahua
West: Arizona
Major Industry mining (potash, copper, silver, uranium), oil, natural gas, tourism
Major Rivers Rio Grande, Pecos River
Major Lakes Elephant Butte Reservoir, Conchas Lake, Navajo Reservoir
New Mexico Counties 33 Counties in New Mexico
Largest County
(by population)
Bernalillo County 662,564 (2010) 1,166 sq. mi.
Largest County
(by area)
Catron County   6,928 sq mi
State parks 31    
Electoral Votes 5
US Congress 2 Senators; 3 Representatives
Time Zone Mountain Standard Time
Zip Codes NANPA
State Quick Facts Census Bureau Quick Facts

New Mexico Climate and Weather

New Mexico has considerable variation in climate, particularly from lower to higher elevations. Overall, it's got lots of sunshine and low humidity. Summer is hot, with temperatures in low elevations sometimes reaching the 100s F/38+ C. The average July high temperature, though, is in the low 90s F/32-35 C at lower elevations and the high 70s F/23-25 C at higher spots. July and August have the most rain, often in brief but intense thunderstorms, which moderate the summer heat. Nights cool off quickly to the comfortable mid 60s F/15-17 C (mid 50s F/10-13 C in the mountains). Winters are moderately cold, especially in the mountains, where the average January high is in the mid 30s F/2-4 C (mid 50s F/10-12 C elsewhere). The higher elevations are the skier's playground -- some places in the northern mountains claim 100 in/254 cm of snow annually -- but the snow isn't heavy everywhere, and what falls may not last.
Highest Temperature 122 degrees
June 27, 1994 - Lakewood
Lowest Temperature -50 degrees
February 1, 1951 - Gavilan
Avg. Temp: High - Low 92.8 degrees 22.3 degrees

New Mexico Points of Interest

Carlsbad Caverns, Chaco Canyon, the International UFO Museum in Roswell, Indian cliff dwellings, Sandia Peak Tramway, Santa Fe, Taos, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Inscription Rock at El Morro National Monument, the ruins at Fort Union, Billy the Kid mementos at Lincoln, the White Sands and Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monuments, Bandelier National Monument, and the Chaco Culture National Historical Park, and a wide assortment of monuments, and of course, New Mexico's dazzling scenery.

New Mexico Highest, Lowest, and Mean Elevations (Feet)

Mean Elevation 5,700
Highest Point Wheeler Peak 13,161
Lowest Point Red Bluff Reservoir 2,842

New Mexico Land Area (Square Miles)

Geographic Center In Torrance County, 12 mi. SSW of Willard
Longitude: 106 6.7'W
Latitude: 34 30.1'N
Total Area 121,589.48 5th
Land Area 121,355.53 99.81%
Water Area 233.96 0.19%
Forested Land Area 20%
(Length - Width)
370 miles 343 miles
Source:(US Census, April 1, 2000)
County Information and County History

Bernalillo, Catron, Chaves, Cibola, Colfax, Curry, De Baca, Dona Ana, Eddy, Grant, Guadalupe, Harding, Hidalgo, Lea, Lincoln, Los Alamos, Luna, McKinley, Mora, Otero, Quay, Rio Arriba, Roosevelt, San Juan, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Sierra, Socorro, Taos, Torrance, Union, Valencia

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