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Los Alamos County, New Mexico

Los Alamos County, New Mexico
Ashley Pond.jpg
Ashley Pond in Los Alamos
Seal of Los Alamos County, New Mexico
Seal
Map of New Mexico highlighting Los Alamos County
Location in the U.S. state of New Mexico
Map of the United States highlighting New Mexico
New Mexico's location in the U.S.
Founded 1949
Seat Los Alamos
Largest community Los Alamos
Area
 • Land 109 sq mi (282 km2)
 • Water 0.09 sq mi (0 km2), 0.08%
Population (est.)
 • (2015) 17,785
 • Density 164/sq mi (63/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.losalamosnm.us

Los Alamos County (English: The Poplars or Cottonwoods) is a county in the U.S. state of New Mexico. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,950.[1] The smallest county in area of this state was administered exclusively by the U.S. federal government during the Manhattan Project, but now has equal status to New Mexico's other counties. The county has two population centers known as CDPs: Los Alamos (the county seat) and White Rock.[2]

Los Alamos County comprises the Los Alamos, NM Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the AlbuquerqueSanta FeLas Vegas, NM Combined Statistical Area.

The county is home to the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Los Alamos County is noted for having the lowest level of child poverty of any county in the United States.[3]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 109 square miles (280 km2), of which 109 square miles (280 km2) is land and 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2) (0.08%) is water.[4] It is the smallest county by area in New Mexico. There is no significant open water in the county. The county's highest point is located along its northern border, near the summit of Caballo Mountain, at 10,480 feet above sea level.

Adjacent counties

Pueblos with adjacent territories

National protected areas

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 10,476
1960 13,037 24.4%
1970 15,198 16.6%
1980 17,599 15.8%
1990 18,115 2.9%
2000 18,343 1.3%
2010 17,950 −2.1%
Est. 2016 18,147 [5] 1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1]

2000 census

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 18,343 people, 7,497 households, and 5,337 families residing in the county. The population density was 168 people per square mile (65/km²). There were 7,937 housing units at an average density of 73 per square mile (28/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.26% White, 0.37% Black or African American, 0.58% Native American, 3.78% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.70% from other races, and 2.28% from two or more races. 11.75% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,497 households out of which 33.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.70% were married couples living together, 5.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.80% were non-families. 24.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.80% under the age of 18, 4.40% from 18 to 24, 27.70% from 25 to 44, 30.00% from 45 to 64, and 12.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 101.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $78,993, and the median income for a family was $90,032. Males had a median income of $70,063 versus $40,246 for females. The per capita income for the county was $34,646. 2.90% of the population and 1.90% of families were below the poverty line. 1.80% of those under the age of 18 and 4.70% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 17,950 people, 7,663 households, and 5,199 families residing in the county.[11] The population density was 164.4 inhabitants per square mile (63.5/km2). There were 8,354 housing units at an average density of 76.5 per square mile (29.5/km2).[12] The racial makeup of the county was 87.8% white, 6.0% Asian, 0.8% American Indian, 0.6% black or African American, 0.1% Pacific islander, 2.2% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 14.7% of the population.[11] In terms of ancestry, 18.9% were German, 16.5% were English, 13.2% were Irish, and 6.5% were American.[13]

Of the 7,663 households, 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.1% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.2% were non-families, and 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.86. The median age was 44.3 years.[11]

The median income for a household in the county was $103,643 and the median income for a family was $118,993. Males had a median income of $93,040 versus $51,753 for females. The per capita income for the county was $49,474. About 1.4% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.8% of those under age 18 and 2.4% of those age 65 or over.[14]

Government

County council

The County council was created by the Los Alamos County Charter. The Council consists of seven members elected at large for four-year, staggered terms. Each year the party in control of the council selects the new chair.[15]

Position Name Party reg.
County councilor, Chair David Izraelevitz Democrat
County councilor, Vice Chair Susan O'Leary Democrat
County councilor, At-large James Chrobocinski Republican
County councilor, At–large Chris Chandler Democrat
County councilor, At–large Antonio Maggiore Democrat
County councilor, At–large Rick Reiss Republican
County councilor, At–large Pete Sheehey Democrat

County offices

Name Position Party reg.
County Assessor Kenneth Milder Democrat
County Clerk Naomi Maestas Republican
Municipal Judge Alan S. Kirk Republican
Sheriff Marco Lucero Democrat

Quality of life

In a study conducted by American City Business Journals in 2004, Los Alamos County topped the list as the best place to live in America in terms of quality of life. This was attributed to the high levels of job stability, income and education of Los Alamos residents, many of whom are employed as scientists and engineers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The county has one of the highest number of PhDs per capita[citation needed] and the 2011 median household income of $110,204 per year is the second highest among all the counties in the US. In per capita income, Los Alamos County ranks 1st in New Mexico and 7th in the United States, and has the second-lowest level of poverty in the United States, and the lowest level of child poverty.[3] Other factors contributing to Los Alamos's high quality-of-life index were the access to affordable housing and short commuting times.

Communities

Politics

Presidential Elections Results[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 30.9% 3,359 51.1% 5,562 18.0% 1,964
2012 45.0% 4,796 48.7% 5,191 6.3% 667
2008 45.8% 5,064 52.6% 5,824 1.6% 181
2004 51.9% 5,810 46.5% 5,206 1.6% 181
2000 55.0% 5,623 40.6% 4,149 4.4% 446
1996 50.3% 4,999 40.1% 3,983 9.6% 950
1992 40.6% 4,320 36.6% 3,897 22.8% 2,425
1988 65.2% 6,622 32.3% 3,275 2.5% 256
1984 69.6% 6,882 28.9% 2,859 1.5% 147
1980 58.2% 5,460 25.2% 2,368 16.6% 1,555
1976 64.4% 5,383 34.6% 2,890 1.0% 82
1972 66.1% 5,039 31.9% 2,435 2.0% 150
1968 54.9% 3,447 40.7% 2,552 4.4% 277
1964 33.3% 1,895 66.2% 3,767 0.5% 26
1960 48.7% 2,574 51.0% 2,692 0.3% 17
1956 52.0% 2,406 47.8% 2,214 0.2% 9
1952 49.3% 2,226 50.5% 2,281 0.2% 8

Formerly solidly Republican, Los Alamos County has voted Democratic in the three most recent presidential elections. It has seen high percentages of third-party votes in years with major third-party candidates, such as with John B. Anderson in 1980, Ross Perot in 1992 and 1996, and Gary Johnson in 2012 and 2016.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Table 1: 2011 Poverty and Median Income Estimates - Counties". Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. 2011. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on January 1, 2015. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008. 
  11. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-24. 
  12. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-24. 
  13. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-24. 
  14. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-24. 
  15. ^ "Los Alamos County Council". Los Alamos County Official County Web Site. losalamosnm.us. Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  16. ^ [uselectionatlas.org]

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