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McKinley County is a county located in the northwestern section of the state of New Mexico. Based on the 2010 census, the population was
71,492. Its county seat is Gallup. The county was created in 1901 and named for President William McKinley.
McKinley County comprises the Gallup, NM Micropolitan Statistical Area.
It was named for William McKinley who was the 25th president of the United States.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
McKinley County was created 23 February 1899. It was named for William McKinley who was the 25th president of the United States. The county seat is Gallup. Gallup is the center of American Indian Inter-tribal Ceremonial. McKinley boasts a lumber industry, oil refinery, coal mining, and uranium production. It has within its boundaries the Navajo reservation and other Indian lands and ancient attractions.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 5,455 square miles (14,130 km2), of which 5,450 square miles (14,100 km2) is land and 5.5 square miles (14 km2) (0.1%) is water.
Bordering counties are as follows: