New Mexico Facts

New Mexico Facts
New Mexico is a state located in the southwestern and western regions of the United States. It is usually considered one of the Mountain States. See the fact file below for more information about New Mexico.
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Capital
Santa Fe

Became a State
January 6,1912 (47th)

Location
southwestern United States

Area
121,665 sq. miles (5th)

Population
2,059,179 (37th)

Major Cities
Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Rio Rancho, Roswell, Farmington

Products
cattle, dairy products, hay, sorghum, nursery stock, pecans, chile pepper, onions, potatoes, pinto beans

Climate
sunny and dry: winters rather brief, but definite cool to colder

Yearly Precipitation
Averages 9 inches

Professional Sports Teams
no professional sports teams

Major Waterways
Rio Grande River, Pecos River

Most Famous Citizens
Conrad Hilton (hotel executive)
Georgia O’Keefe (artist)
Demi Moore (actress)
Ernie Pyle (journalist)
Billy the Kid (outlaw),
John Denver (singer)
Al Unser (auto racer)

State Symbols
Bird – Roadrunner
Flower – Yucca
Animal – Black Bear
Tree – Pinon
Insect – Tarantula Hawk Wasp