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New Mexico became 47th state to join the union on January 6, 1912. It is the fifth largest of the United States, with a total land area of 121,412 square miles<ref> http://www.newmexico.gov/ </ref>. New Mexico has the largest Hispanic population, percentage-wise, of any US State. Its official state question is “red or green?”.

The state is bordered by Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Oklahoma and Texas. It also borders Mexico.

Elected Officials

Federal

Statewide

Population

The state capital is Santa Fe. The cities with the largest populations are: Albuquerque, 494,236; Las Cruces, 82,671; Santa Fe, 70,631; Rio Rancho, 66,599; and Roswell, 45,199.

The total population of 1,928,384 includes a high number of peoples of Hispanic origin and of Native American (Indian) descent. <ref> http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/35000.html </ref>

Climate

New Mexico's weather is usually sunny and dry, with little rainfall all year. <ref> http://weather.nmsu.edu/News/climate-in-NM.htm </ref>

Geography

The land includes areas of dry desert and forest, and has many mountainous regions, including the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, and the Jemez Mountains. <ref> http://www.americansouthwest.net/new_mexico/jemez_mountains/ </ref>

The highest point in New Mexico is Wheeler Peak at 13,161 feet above sea level, and the lowest point is at Red Bluff Reservoir, 2,842 feet above sea level. <ref> http://www.netstate.com/states/geography/nm_geography.htm </ref>

Industry

Agriculture is important to New Mexico, but the lack of irrigation hinders using much of the land for farming. Much of the farmed land is located around the two major rivers which flow through the state: the Rio Grande and Pecos River.

Much of the land is used for grazing livestock, especially sheep. More than two-thirds of New Mexico's farm income comes from livestock products. Another large industry in the state is mining, particularly copper, silver, and uranium. <ref> http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0108250.html </ref>

Transportation

Interstate Highways 10, 25 and 40 traverse the state. New Mexico's largest commercial airport is Albuquerque's International Sunport. <ref> http://nmshtd.state.nm.us/ </ref>

Places of Interest

  • Ralph Bunch (Nobel Peace Prize winner)
  • John Denver (singer)
  • Demi Moore (actress)
  • Georgia O'Keeffe (painter)
  • Porfirio Podres (San popo) (folk hero)
  • Bill Richardson (Governor)
  • Al Unser and Bobby Unser (auto racers)

References

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