Greetings from the Rio Abajo and
welcome to Valencia County, one of 33 counties in the state
of New Mexico. Valencia County is one of the original seven
counties that comprised the New Mexico Territory in 1852.
The county stretched from Texas to California and was
subsequently subdivided four times in the last 144 years.
The County comprises 1,458
square miles in central New Mexico, bordering on Socorro
County directly to the south, as well as Cibola County to
the west, Bernalillo County to the north and Torrance County
to the east. The county seat is located in the Village of
Los Lunas, 20 miles south of the state's largest city,
The quality of life in the
county can be characterized by a strong sense of community
that is enhanced by a rural lifestyle. Residents of the area
have identified peace and quiet, friendliness of the people,
and terrific weather as benefits that has made this rural
setting a wonderful place to visit and live.
The population has risen
dramatically in the county over the last ten years.
Preliminary census figures show Valencia County with a 43.9%
change in population between 1990 and 1999. Meanwhile the
states largest county, Bernalillo, shows an 8.9% change in
population over the same period of time. The county's close
proximity to Albuquerque is attributed for the large change
in population as newcomers to the area find living in
Valencia County a pleasant experience. All the communities
that dot the landscape along the "Rio Abajo" will experience
some kind of growth in the new century. To learn more about
the economic details of Valencia County, go to the "Rio
Abajo Stats" page.
Modern Valencia County is an
area with opportunities. An area perfectly suited for any
home or business. An area where the pace is a little slower.
Crime is low. Neighbors know neighbors. And opportunities