Otero County population grew in last decade

Otero County grew by more than 4,000 people in the last decade according to local area 2020 U.S. Census data released Aug. 12.

According to the U.S. Census data, Otero County grew to 67,839 people with a population density of 10.3 people per square mile.

In 2010, Otero County had 63,797 people and 9.6 people per square mile.

The general demographics of Otero County show that 82.7 percent of the Otero County identified as white, 38.6 percent identify as Hispanic, 8.3 percent identify as Native American and 4.2 percent identify as Black, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The three main municipalities in Otero County grew in the last decade, records show.

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In Alamogordo, the population grew from 30,402 poeple in the 2010 Census to 32,126 people.

In Cloudcroft, the population grew from 674 people in the 2010 Census to 704 in the 2020 Census.

In Tularosa, the population grew from 2,842 people in the 2010 Census to 3,040 in the 2020 Census.

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