Village of Loving, NM

Village of Loving, NM Main Photo

In the decade following the Civil War, famous cattle barons John Chisum, Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving drove vast herds of cattle along the Pecos River from Texas to Colorado and set up "cow camps" along river in what is now Eddy County. One such location was near a lazy bend in the river where, in 1867, Oliver Loving and another cowboy were involved in a skirmish with Comanche Indians.  Both were wounded and Loving later died of his wounds in Fort Sumner.  The Village of Loving, located near the spot of that fateful battle, was renamed in his honor.  The village was first settled by Swiss settlers in 1891. They originally named their settlement Vaud, a state in Switzerland where most of them originated and later changed on June 1, 1908, the village‚Äôs name changed.   The Village of Loving became officially incorporated in January 1945.


The Village of Loving is located approximately 12 miles southeast of Carlsbad on US-285.  It is a growing community of over 2,500 people (current estimates) that depends on agriculture, mining, nuclear material management, and lately, oil and gas production and processing.  Loving has its own municipal school system, municipal water and sewer utilities, and a thriving business community. Click here for their Village Government.

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Population

Total Population

1,363

Population
Growth Rate

-0.37%

Median Age

39

Diversity Index

76.900

Housing & Income

Households

481

Total Housing Units

543


Owner Occupied

333

Renter Occupied

148

Vacant

62

Median Home Value

$143,539


Average Home Value

$152,477

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.00%


Per Capita Income

2.41%

Income Projection

Median Household

$49,811 $53,854


Average Household

$64,331 $71,573


Per Capita

$22,702 $25,570

Workforce

Total Businesses

32

Total Employed

413

Workers 16+

504

2023 Educational Services - Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

8

Employed

236

2023 Public Administration

cp-industries

Businesses

6

Employed

69

2023 Retail Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

5

Employed

46

2023 Food & Beverage Retailers

N

Businesses

4

Employed

41

2023 Transportation / Warehouse

cp-industries

Businesses

2

Employed

21

2023 Other Service excl Pub Admin

cp-industries

Businesses

5

Employed

11

Some
High School

137

Graduated
High School

262

Associates
Degree

95

Bachelor's
Degree

1

Graduate
Degree

28

Average Commute Time

0 min.



Resident Commuters

416

Non-Resident Commuters

22

Drive Alone

418

Carpooled

77

Public

0

Work At Home

9