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New Mexico Counties

There is thirty-three counties in the state of New Mexico. There were originally nine counties formed in 1852. Santa Ana County, New Mexico Territory, one of the nine original counties, was annexed in 1876 to Bernalillo County, New Mexico.

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Roosevelt County, New Mexico

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Roosevelt County is a county located in the state of New Mexico. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 19,846. Its county seat is Portales. The county was created in 1903 from Chaves and Guadalupe counties and named for President Theodore Roosevelt. The county's eastern border is the Texas state line.

Roosevelt County comprises the Portales, NM Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Clovis-Portales, NM Combined Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Roosevelt County Name

It was named for Theodore Roosevelt who was our 26th President. Roosevelt was part of the New Mexico Rough Riders when he attacked San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War.

Demographics:

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Roosevelt County History

Roosevelt County was created 28 February 1903. It was named for Theodore Roosevelt who was our 26th President. Roosevelt was part of the New Mexico Rough Riders when he attacked San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War. Portales is the county seat. This county has major dairy operations, agriculture, and ranching. It has an ancient history with findings of evidence of civilizations 15,000 years old.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,455 square miles (6,360 km2), of which 2,447 square miles (6,340 km2) is land and 7.2 square miles (19 km2) (0.3%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Curry County - north
  • Quay County - north
  • De Baca County - west
  • Chaves County - west
  • Lea County - south
  • Cochran County, Texas - southeast
  • Bailey County, Texas - east

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