The oil & gas industry along with farming, ranching, dairies, small businesses and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center forms the basis for Artesia's stable economic base. Artesia's population has experienced steady growth over the past ten years as a result of the growth in the economy.
The 2010 census shows the populaton that lives within a ten mile radius of the center of Artesia is 17,273. Artesia's businesses enjoy a trade area that extends to forty five miles from the center of Artesia giving these business an effective trade population of 118,387 people. As a result Artesia, nestled in the Pecos Valley, may be New Mexico's Best Kept Secret.
Sports enthusiasts enjoy many opportunities in Artesia. Softball, baseball, soccer, football, volleyball, tennis, golf, racquetball courts, and running/walking are available at Jaycee Park, one of eight local parks with picnic areas and playground equipment for children.
Golfers can try their game at the Artesia Country Club, a private 18 hole course open to the public on Tuesdays, and Thursdays.
The Artesia Public Schools provides the public as well as students with the use of an indoor Olympic size and children's swimming pool.
Kids of all ages will enjoy the City of Artesia children’s splash pad at the Martin Luther King Recreational complex.
Fishing, water skiing, boating and sailing await you at Brantley Lake State Park, just 17 miles south of Artesia.
Artesia is located within easy driving distance to many scenic beauty and natural recreational tourist attractions that contribute to New Mexico's title, the "Land of Enchantment."
"Artesia" is our town's third name. The first name was "Miller", which came from a railroad employee. For a brief time we were known as "Stegman" after the first postmistress, none other than Sallie Chisum Robert Stegman. Sallie dropped the "Stegman" from her name soon after her divorce, and with the discovery of artesian wells in the area the fledgling town was renamed "Artesia" in 1903 and officially incorporated in 1905.
Artesia became an agricultural oasis until the early 1920s when many of the area's artesian wells began to dwindle. Fortunately, in 1924 another kind of well was discovered when the Illinois #3 oil well came in, opening up the Artesia oil fields locally and the Permian Basin regionally.
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