Lea County Extension Office
Developed in 1917, from Eddy and Chaves Counties, Lea County has a population of 64,727 today according to the 2010 Census. The counties economy has always been based on oil, gas, ranching, farming and the dairy industry. However, with the growing economic boom, a Uranium Enrichment Plant as well as other companies have begun to move into Lea County.
The two largest towns in Lea County are Lovington, the county seat, and Hobbs. The smaller communities of Eunice and Jal are located to the south of Hobbs, and Tatum is 22 miles north of Lovington. Other small counties can still be found throughout the county, a remembrance of days gone by.
Lea County is home to the University of the Southwest, and the New Mexico Junior College as well as the Small Business Development Center and the Industrial Development Training Center. Each of these educational services are located in Hobbs.
Some interesting places to visit in the county include: Harry McAdams State Park, Lea County Western Heritage Museum and Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Soaring Society of America, and the Lea County Museum and Athletic Hall of Fame in Lovington.
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