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Cibola County, New Mexico
Map
Map of New Mexico highlighting Cibola County
Location in the state of New Mexico
Map of the USA highlighting New Mexico
New Mexico's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded June 19, 1981
Seat Grants
Largest City Grants
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

4,542 sq mi (11,764 km²)
4,539 sq mi (11,756 km²)
2.3 sq mi (6 km²), 0.05%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

27,213
6.0/sq mi (2/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: www.co.cibola.nm.us/

Cibola County is a county in the U.S. state of New Mexico. As of the 2010 census, the population was 27,213. Its county seat is Grants. It is New Mexico's youngest county, created on June 19, 1981, from the westernmost four-fifths of the formerly much larger Valencia County.

Cibola County comprises the Grants, NM Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also part of the Albuquerque-Santa Fe-Las Vegas, NM Combined Statistical Area.

Geography

Malpais Natural Arch
Ventana Arch in El Malpais National Monument

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 4,542 square miles (11,760 km2), of which 4,539 square miles (11,760 km2) is land and 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2) (0.05%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

  • Cibola National Forest (part)
  • El Malpais National Conservation Area
  • El Malpais National Monument
  • El Morro National Monument

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 23,794
2000 25,595 7.6%
2010 27,213 6.3%
Est. 2015 27,329 0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 25,595 people, 8,327 households, and 6,278 families residing in the county. The population density was 6 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 10,328 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 39.61% White, 0.96% Black or African American, 40.32% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 15.44% from other races, and 3.24% from two or more races. 33.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,327 households out of which 38.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.60% were married couples living together, 18.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.60% were non-families. 21.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.41.

In the county, the population was spread out with 30.70% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 21.50% from 45 to 64, and 10.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 95.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,774, and the median income for a family was $30,714. Males had a median income of $27,652 versus $20,078 for females. The per capita income for the county was $11,731. About 21.50% of families and 24.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.00% of those under age 18 and 17.70% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 27,213 people, 8,860 households, and 6,274 families residing in the county. The population density was 6.0 inhabitants per square mile (2.3/km2). There were 11,101 housing units at an average density of 2.4 per square mile (0.93/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 41.8% white, 41.0% American Indian, 1.0% black or African American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 12.4% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 36.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 5.4% were Irish, and 1.5% were American.

Of the 8,860 households, 38.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.1% were married couples living together, 20.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.2% were non-families, and 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.30. The median age was 36.6 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,361 and the median income for a family was $41,187. Males had a median income of $36,027 versus $25,318 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,712. About 20.1% of families and 24.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.7% of those under age 18 and 14.3% of those age 65 or over.

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Acoma Pueblo, "Sky City", 2008
Timothy O'Sullivan, South side of Inscription Rock, New Mexico, 1873
South side of Inscription Rock, El Morro National Monument. Photo by Timothy H. O'Sullivan, 1873.

City

Town

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

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