Introduction to Hobbs, New Mexico

Hobbs, New Mexico, in Lea county, is 74 miles NW of Odessa, Texas and 206 miles E of El Paso, Texas. The city has a population of 28,657.

Hobbs History

Hobbs was named after James Isaac Hobbs and his wife Fannie, who were among the first people to settle in this area.

Hobbs and nearby Attractions

  • Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame
  • Dal Paso Center
  • Lea County Museum
  • Bottomless Lakes State Park
  • Heritage Square
  • Living Desert State Park

Things To Do In Hobbs

Popular local shopping centers include the Broadmoor Shopping Center and the Downtown Mini Mall. Parks like Washington Park, Harry McAdams State Park, Bensing Park and Humble Park offer facilities for various recreational opportunities.

Hobbs Transportation

Lubbock International is the nearest major airport.

Hobbs Higher Education

Higher studies can be pursued at the College of the Southwest, New Mexico Junior College, Odessa College, Midland College and Texas Tech University.


Total Population 35,343
Male Share of the Population 51.2%
Female Share of the Population 48.8%
Senior Citizens 9.6%
Employed Population 16+ 14,827
Age of the Population 31


% of people married 49.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.4%
Median Earnings25+ $36,934
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $27,051
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,148


Median Family Income $59,739
% Above Poverty Level 81.3%
% Below Poverty Level 18.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%


People Living Alone 22.5%
Median Gross Rent $844
Median House Value $104,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 67.8%
US/American 0%
English 5.2%
Irish 4.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2014, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Hobbs Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 74 miles NW of Odessa, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 206 miles E of El Paso, Texas
County Lea
Standard Zip Codes 88240, 88242
P.O. Box Zip Codes 88241
Company Zip Codes 88244
Phone Area Codes 505
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.702
Longitude -103.135

Hobbs Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station HOBBS
Distance 1 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 57 F
Apr Temp 47 to 79 F
Jul Temp 67 to 94 F
Oct Temp 49 to 77 F
Annual Precip 18.1 inches
Station PEARL
Distance 14.9 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 55 F
Apr Temp 43 to 76 F
Jul Temp 65 to 92 F
Oct Temp 46 to 75 F
Annual Precip 15.4 inches
Distance 33.8 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 56 F
Apr Temp 43 to 78 F
Jul Temp 64 to 96 F
Oct Temp 46 to 77 F
Annual Precip 16 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Hobbs, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Oil Center (88240)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Eunice 3,006 $54,917
Lovington 11,364 $51,102

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2014, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Hobbs Public Libraries

Hobbs Public Library
509 N. SHIPP
Hobbs, New Mexico
(505) 397-9328
Library Web Site

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Hobbs Hospitals

(505) 492-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Hobbs High Schools

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Serves 1,555 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

A Non-traditional School
Serves 97 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

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Serves 10 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

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