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Grant County, New Mexico
Map
Map of New Mexico highlighting Grant 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 1868
Seat Silver City
Largest town Silver City
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

3,968 sq mi (10,277 km²)
3,962 sq mi (10,262 km²)
5.9 sq mi (15 km²), 0.1%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

29,514
7.4/sq mi (3/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: www.grantcountynm.com
Named for: Ulysses S. Grant

Grant County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Mexico. As of the 2010 census, the population was 29,514. Its county seat is Silver City. The county was founded in 1868 and named for Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States.

Grant County comprises the Silver City, NM, Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

Pinos Altos RR
Narrow-gauge railroad to the mines at Pinos Altos

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,968 square miles (10,280 km2), of which 3,962 square miles (10,260 km2) is land and 5.9 square miles (15 km2) (0.1%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Gila National Forest (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 14,813
1920 21,939 48.1%
1930 19,050 −13.2%
1940 20,050 5.2%
1950 21,649 8.0%
1960 18,700 −13.6%
1970 22,030 17.8%
1980 26,204 18.9%
1990 27,676 5.6%
2000 31,002 12.0%
2010 29,514 −4.8%
Est. 2015 28,609 −3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 31,002 people, 12,146 households, and 8,514 families residing in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 14,066 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 75.67% White, 0.52% Black or African American, 1.35% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 19.02% from other races, and 3.11% from two or more races. 48.79% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 12,146 households out of which 31.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.70% were married couples living together, 12.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.90% were non-families. 25.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 23.70% from 25 to 44, 25.10% from 45 to 64, and 16.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,134, and the median income for a family was $34,231. Males had a median income of $31,126 versus $19,627 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,597. About 15.10% of families and 18.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.90% of those under age 18 and 9.50% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 29,514 people, 12,586 households, and 7,941 families residing in the county. The population density was 7.4 inhabitants per square mile (2.9/km2). There were 14,693 housing units at an average density of 3.7 per square mile (1.4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 84.9% white, 1.4% American Indian, 0.9% black or African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 9.6% from other races, and 2.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 48.3% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 11.9% were English, 11.8% were German, 10.4% were Irish, and 2.9% were American.

Of the 12,586 households, 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.9% were non-families, and 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.86. The median age was 45.9 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,591 and the median income for a family was $44,360. Males had a median income of $38,731 versus $27,161 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,164. About 11.7% of families and 14.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.8% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Chalcopyrite-Quartz-Sphalerite-197930
Showy specimen of chalcopyrite in quartz needles, from the old Groundhog Mine, between Bayard and the Chino mine.
Pinos Altos Opera House2
The old Pinos Altos Opera House

City

Towns

Village

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities


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