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Grandfalls, Texas
Bridge across Pecos River near Grandfalls in 1910
Bridge across Pecos River near Grandfalls in 1910
Nickname(s): Greatest Place on Earth
Location of Grandfalls, Texas
Location of Grandfalls, Texas
Ward County Grandfalls.svg
Country United States
State Texas
County Ward
 • Total 0.5 sq mi (1.4 km2)
 • Land 0.5 sq mi (1.4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 2,434 ft (742 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 360
 • Density 720/sq mi (257/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 79742
Area code(s) 432
FIPS code 48-30440
GNIS feature ID 1358254

Grandfalls is a town in Ward County, Texas, United States. It was named for its location near the "grand falls" of the Pecos River, located roughly 3 miles (4.8 km) to the west. Early settlers were attracted to the Grandfalls area in the late 1880s by the steady supply of water flowing in the Pecos River. The population was 360 at the 2010 census.


Grandfalls is located at 31°20′27″N 102°51′17″W / 31.34083°N 102.85472°W / 31.34083; -102.85472 (31.340779, -102.854785).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.4 km²), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 653
1950 995 52.4%
1960 1,012 1.7%
1970 622 −38.5%
1980 635 2.1%
1990 583 −8.2%
2000 391 −32.9%
2010 360 −7.9%
Est. 2015 391 8.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 391 people, 146 households, and 100 families residing in the town. The population density was 729.1 people per square mile (279.6/km²). There were 203 housing units at an average density of 378.5 per square mile (145.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 71.10% White, 0.26% African American, 1.28% Native American, 25.32% from other races, and 2.05% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 49.87% of the population.

There were 146 households out of which 43.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.4% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.34.

In the town, the population was spread out with 33.2% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 81.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 69.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $19,583, and the median income for a family was $27,250. Males had a median income of $27,000 versus $12,188 for females. The per capita income for the town was $10,524. About 24.1% of families and 24.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.3% of those under age 18 and 28.1% of those age 65 or over.


This area has a large amount of sunshine year round due to its stable descending air and high pressure. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Grandfalls has a mild desert climate, abbreviated "Bwh" on climate maps.

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