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Socorro County, New Mexico

Socorro County New Mexico
US county information
NameSocorro County
StateNew Mexico
SeatSocorro
Largest citySocorro
US Area
Total Area6649 sq mi (17220.9 km2)
Land Area6647 sq mi (17215.7 km2)
Water Area2 sq mi (5.2 km2)
Population18078 (2000)
Density1/km2 (2.6/sq mi)
Founded1 July 1850

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Socorro County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Mexico. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,866. The county seat is Socorro. Socorro was originally the name given to a Native American village (see: Puebloan peoples) by Don Juan de Oñate in 1598. Having received vitally needed food and assistance from the native population, Oñate named the pueblo Socorro ("succor" in English).


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