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Hobbs (population 43,000) is the metropolitan center of Lea County and remains the focal point for the arts and education of southeastern New Mexico.  Both of Lea County’s schools of higher education are based in Hobbs.  New Mexico Junior College is a modern, two-year academic and vocational college offering associate’s degrees, including nursing and energy technology.  The University of the Southwest is a four-year college focusing on liberal arts, with both bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees offered.  USW also offers master’s degrees in selected categories.

Hobbs is home to the Lea County Event Center, which is the second-largest conference and convention center in the state of New Mexico.  This modern facility was designed host large meetings and conferences, as well as indoor rodeos, tractor pulls, indoor soccer, and monster truck events.  This multi-purpose facility can seat 4,800 people theater-style in the main auditorium.

The quality of life and the development of amenities that bring good schools, successful businesses and recreational opportunities are on the forefront of the city’s agenda.  The retail business community is made up of large, national brand department stores and unique hometown shops.   Make plans to stroll and experience the many shops found in Hobbs that are like no other.  Enjoy small-town charm splashed with big-town selection, warm smiles and true southwestern hospitality. 

Major local employers, like Lea Regional Medical Center and URENCO USA, attract bright minds and hard workers to the area.  Both of these employers have very different skill sets of employee needs and fit well into the community.  They are emblematic of the opportunity that exists in Hobbs for existing businesses to grow and new industries to relocate and thrive.