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10 Interesting Facts About Hobbs, New Mexico

Facts About Hobbs

  • Hobbs is a city in Lea County, New Mexico, United States.
  • The largest industries in Hobbs are mining/quarrying and oil and gas extraction, followed by retail trade and educational services.
  • Hobbs was founded in 1907 by James Isaac Hobbs.
  • Hobbs is the principal city of the Hobbs, New Mexico micropolitan statistical area, which includes all of Lea County.
  • The city of Hobbs has a total area of 26.4 square miles, of which 0.04 square miles, or 0.14%, is covered by water.
  • The estimated population of Hobbs is 38,375, as of 2019.
  • Founded by farmer James Isaac Hobbs in 1907, it became a boomtown after the discovery of oil and natural gas in 1927. Hobbs was named after James Isaac Hobbs and his wife Fannie, who were among the first people to settle in this area.
  • The first college in Hobbs opened in 1956. It was initially the First Baptist College, and in 1962, it became the College of the Southwest. The name was changed again to the University of the Southwest in 2008.
  • The median income for a household in the city was $28,100, and for a family was $33,017.
  • The largest industries in Hobbs are mining/quarrying and oil and gas extraction, followed by retail trade and educational services.

 

Facts About Hobbs, New Mexico
Facts About Hobbs, New Mexico

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