While Lea County was home to traditional working ranches and farms, many of these properties have been developed into housing developments and neighborhoods. These neighborhoods offer city parks, schools and local shopping for the residents. The traditional American dream of owning a home becomes an easily acquired reality in Lea County because of the affordable cost of living. An average three-bedroom home ranges from the mid $90s to the high $200s in mature neighborhoods. For those residents who prefer to build custom homes, property is still available in selected areas in various communities. Residents who prefer to rent can find two-bedroom modern apartments with all the conveniences in the $600+ range. On the other hand, more affluent residents can choose from luxurious mansions, secluded garden homes, posh townhouses or upscale apartments.
Because so much of Lea County is rural, it is not unusual to find beautiful country homes with barns and stables, ponds, gardens, pecan orchards and swimming pools. In addition, Hobbs offers safe, affordable housing for college students at both New Mexico Junior College and the University of the Southwest with full-service dormitories to students who prefer to live on campus.
Senior citizens also find Lea County to be one of the most affordable retirement communities in the U.S. Hobbs has several retirement facilities offering full-service and independent living arrangements, which pamper residents with a quality dining experience, organized outings, social interaction and community involvement in churches and civic affairs. For those needing additional care, several residential healthcare facilities provide apartment living for memory-impaired residents and other seniors who need extra special attention. Many of Lea County cities offer HUD subsidized apartments for elderly residents, including those who have a problem with mobility. Both Hobbs and Lovington have extended care nursing homes for seniors who need more specific medical attention.
You will find that all five cities in Lea County not only take individual pride in their community but also collectively have joined together to make sure streets are clean and neighborhoods are safe for young and old alike. The quality of life is one of the most important issues that our city and county governments address every day. Many people stay in Lea County because they enjoy the quality of life that is offered here. The weather, people and location make it the place to be.