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Overview

Introduction to Lovington, New Mexico

Lovington, New Mexico, in Lea county, is 95 miles NW of Odessa, Texas and 200 miles NE of El Paso, Texas. The city contains a population of approximately 9,471.

Lovington History

Lovington was primarily a ranching and farming center at the time of its establishment. The city’s first store was established in 1908. The discovery of oil at Denton Pool in 1950 led to its rapid development and urbanization. It is the county seat of Lea County, which was established on March 17, 1917.

Lovington and nearby Attractions

  • Lea County Museum
  • Ocotillo Park Golf Course
  • Chaparral Park
  • Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame
  • Thelma A. Webber Southwest Heritage Room

Things To Do In Lovington

The town of Lovington has a number of parks and recreational centers offering outdoor and indoor recreational facilities. The Lea County Museum has a large collection of artifacts and memorabilia related to the town’s history. The Ocotillo Park Golf Course provides excellent facilities for golfers.

Lovington Transportation

Air transportation facilities are available at Lea County Regional Airport.

Lovington Higher Education

Institutes of higher education near Lovington include South Plains College, Eastern New Mexico University, Odessa College and Midland College.

People

Total Population 11,364
Male Share of the Population 50.4%
Female Share of the Population 49.6%
Senior Citizens 9.2%
Employed Population 16+ 4,217
Age of the Population 28

Families

% of people married 52.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 6.7%
Median Earnings25+ $33,368
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $26,938
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,676

Wealth

Median Family Income $51,102
% Above Poverty Level 77.4%
% Below Poverty Level 22.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 17.4%
Median Gross Rent $631
Median House Value $79,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 79.5%
US/American 0%
English 2%
Irish 3.6%

Lovington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 95 miles NW of Odessa, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 200 miles NE of El Paso, Texas
County Lea
Standard Zip Codes 88260
Phone Area Codes 505
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.943
Longitude -103.348

Lovington Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station HOBBS
Distance 20.1 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 20.4 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
Station MALJAMAR 4 SE
Distance 22.3 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, Lovington, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Buckeye (88260)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hobbs 35,343 $59,739
Tatum 652 $43,558

Lovington Public Libraries

Library
Lovington Public Library
115 SOUTH MAIN ST.
Lovington, New Mexico
(505) 396-3144
Library Web Site

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Lovington Hospitals

NOR LEA GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
1600 NORTH MAIN
(505) 396-6611
Emergency Service: Yes

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Lovington High Schools

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LOVINGTON HIGH
701 WEST AVENUE K
505-739-2230
Serves 536 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.9

NEW HOPE ALTER. H.
500 W. JEFFERSON
505-739-2415
A Non-traditional School
Serves 72 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.8

LEA CY. DETENTION CN
215 E. CENTRAL
505-739-2200
A Non-traditional School
Serves 11 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11

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