Grant County, New Mexico

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Grant County, New Mexico
Grant County New Mexico Court House.jpg
Grant County Courthouse in Silver City
Map of New Mexico highlighting Grant County
Location in the state of New Mexico
Map of the United States highlighting New Mexico
New Mexico's location in the U.S.
Founded 1868
Named for Ulysses S. Grant
Seat Silver City
Largest town Silver City
Area
 • Total 3,968 sq mi (10,277 km2)
 • Land 3,966 sq mi (10,272 km2)
 • Water 2 sq mi (5 km2), 0.04%
Population
 • (2010) 29,514
 • Density 8/sq mi (3/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.grantcountynm.com

Grant County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Mexico. As of the 2010 census, the population was 29,514.[1] Its county seat is Silver City.[2]

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

History[edit]

Grant County was founded in 1868. It is named for Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,968 square miles (10,277 km2), of which 3,966 square miles (10,272 km2) is land and 2 square miles (5 km2) (0.04%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Narrow-gauge railroad to the mines at Pinos Altos

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

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. 2012 29,388 −0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

2010[edit]

Whereas according to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau:

2000[edit]

As of the census[6] 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.

Communities[edit]

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

City[edit]

Towns[edit]

Village[edit]

Other Communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 141. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008. 

Coordinates: 32°44′N 108°23′W / 32.73°N 108.38°W / 32.73; -108.38