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Torrance County, New Mexico

Torrance County, New Mexico
Torrance County Courthouse in Estancia
Seal of Torrance County, New Mexico
Map of New Mexico highlighting Torrance County
Location in the state of New Mexico
Map of the United States highlighting New Mexico
New Mexico's location in the U.S.
Founded March 16, 1903
Seat Estancia
Largest city Moriarty
 • Total 3,346 sq mi (8,666 km2)
 • Land 3,345 sq mi (8,664 km2)
 • Water 0.9 sq mi (2 km2), 0.03%
 • (2010) 16,383
 • Density 4.9/sq mi (2/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website .org.torrancecountynmwww

Torrance County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Mexico. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,383.[1] The county seat is Estancia.[2]

Torrance County is included in the Albuquerque, NM Metropolitan Statistical Area.

In 2010, the center of population of New Mexico was located in Torrance County, near Manzano.[3]


  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
    • National protected areas 1.2
  • Government 2
  • Demographics 3
    • 2010 3.1
    • 2000 3.2
  • Communities 4
    • City 4.1
    • Towns 4.2
    • Village 4.3
    • Census-designated places 4.4
    • Unincorporated communities 4.5
  • See also 5
  • References 6


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,346 square miles (8,670 km2), of which 3,345 square miles (8,660 km2) is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) (0.03%) is water.[4] Most of the county is primarily gently-rolling grassland ranging from 6000 to 6200 feet in elevation. The Manzano Mountains rising to 10,098 feet on the western edge of the county provide it with its only significant topographic relief. The Manzano Wilderness area includes the highest part of the mountains. The other notable geographic feature of the county is the series of playas and seasonal lakes centering on Laguna del Perro southeast of Estancia.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas


County Commissioners[5]

  • District 1: Jim Frost
  • District 2: Julia Dechalmes
  • District 3: Leroy Candelaria
  • County Manager - Joy Ansley  
  • County Clerk - Linda Kayser 
  • County Treasurer - Dorothy Sandoval 
  • County Assessor - Betty Cabber 
  • County Sheriff - Heath White 



Whereas according to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau:


As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 16,911 people, 6,024 households, and 4,391 families residing in the county. The population density was 5 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 7,257 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 73.89% White, 1.66% Black or African American, 2.09% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 17.95% from other races, and 3.97% from two or more races. 37.15% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,024 households out of which 37.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.40% were married couples living together, 12.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.10% were non-families. 23.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the county the population was spread out with 30.40% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 29.20% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 9.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 105.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.20 males. SHIP NAMED AFTER COUNTY USS Torrance (AKA-76) was a Tolland-class attack cargo ship of the United States Navy named after Torrance County, New Mexico. She was designed to carry military cargo and landing craft, and to use the latter to land weapons, supplies, and Marines on enemy shores during amphibious operations. She served as a commissioned ship for 19 months.

Torrance was laid down as a Type C2-S-AJ3 ship under a Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1382) on 1 April 1944 at Wilmington, North Carolina, by the North Carolina Shipbuilding Co.; launched on 6 June 1944; sponsored by Miss Marlene DeKay; acquired by the Navy on 20 June and towed to the Bethlehem Steel Company plant at Hoboken, New Jersey, for conversion to an attack cargo ship; and commissioned on 18 November 1944, Lt. Comdr. George A. Euerle, USNR, in command. The median income for a household in the county was $30,446, and the median income for a family was $34,461. Males had a median income of $29,403 versus $21,833 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,134. About 15.20% of families and 19.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.50% of those under age 18 and 12.00% of those age 65 or over.





Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Centers of Population by State: 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder".  

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