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Grant County
Grant County Courthouse in Silver City
Map of New Mexico highlighting Grant County
Location within the U.S. state of New Mexico
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New Mexico's location within the U.S.
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Country  United States
State  New Mexico
Founded 1868
Named for Ulysses S. Grant
Seat Silver City
Largest town Silver City
 • Total 3,968 sq mi (10,280 km2)
 • Land 3,962 sq mi (10,260 km2)
 • Water 5.9 sq mi (15 km2)  0.1%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density 7.4/sq mi (2.9/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district 2nd

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.


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


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%
2019 (est.) 26,998 −8.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2016

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 29,514 people, 12,586 households, and 7,941 families living 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.


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




Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

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