This is Hobbs,
New Mexico

An Energy Hub at the Heart of the Permian Basin

Located in southeast New Mexico four miles west of the Texas border, Hobbs is one of the most livable places in the Permian Basin. As the largest city in Lea County, Hobbs is the heart of what continues to be the nation’s No. 1 oil-producing county.

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Hobbs, New Mexico: Where Energy Flows

There’s an energy in Hobbs, and we’re not just talking fossil fuels. Yes, the Permian Basin is the world’s largest oil basin, but we’ve also built a family-friendly community that boasts fantastic educational, recreational and career opportunities. Home to more than 54,000 residents, Hobbs serves as the largest retail trade area in southeastern New Mexico – catering to nearly 104,000 people in the surrounding areas. We’re rich in amenities (and sunshine), free from congestion you’ll find elsewhere in the Permian, and boast lower rental prices than neighboring communities.

Map of Hobbs, NM showing location in Permian Basin

Hobbs, NM: At the Heart of the Permian Basin

Hobbs, New Mexico, is four miles west of the Texas border, located at the junction of Highway 18 and US-62/180. This is New Mexico’s energy hub – where oil production is forecast to increase to six million barrels a day by 2025.

Hobbs also serves as a retail center for more than 104,000 residents from the surrounding area.

Lea County Regional Airport (HOB), is just a mile west of Hobbs and offers daily nonstop flights to both Houston and Denver, connecting you to anywhere in the world with access to more than 350 destinations. Hobbs is two hours driving distance from the Texas cities of Midland and Lubbock.



Oil-Producing Basin in the World Permian Basin


Highest Oil-Producing County in the Nation Lea County, NM ShaleXP | 2023


People Employed in Lea County’s Oil and Gas Industry


Population Growth Increase From 2010-2020 City of Hobbs


Number of People Hobbs Serves as a Retail Center


Hobbs’ Median Sold Home Price Jan 2023 - October 2023


Lea County is the No. 1 oil-producing county in the nation, 2023.
If Lea County, NM, were a state, it would be outproducing the states of California and Alaska in oil production.

Jennifer Grassham

President & CEO,
Economic Development Corporation of Lea County