Cibola County, New Mexico

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Cibola County, New Mexico
Cibola County New Mexico Court House.jpg
Cibola County Courthouse in Grants
Map of New Mexico highlighting Cibola 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 June 19, 1981
Seat Grants
Largest city Grants
 • Total 4,542 sq mi (11,764 km2)
 • Land 4,539 sq mi (11,756 km2)
 • Water 2.3 sq mi (6 km2), 0.05%
 • (2010) 27,213
 • Density 6.0/sq mi (2/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6

Cibola County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Mexico. As of the 2010 census, the population was 27,213.[1] Its county seat is Grants.[2] 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 included in the Albuquerque-Santa Fe-Las Vegas, NM Combined Statistical Area.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total 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.[3]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 23,794
2000 25,595 7.6%
2010 27,213 6.3%
Est. 2014 27,349 [4] 0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2013[1]


According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau:[9]


As of the census[10] 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.


The Mining Museum in Grants

All public schools in the county are operated by Grants/Cibola County Schools.


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



Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  9. ^ 2010 Demographic Profile Data - Cibola County, New Mexico
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Baldwin, J.A. and D.R. Rankin. (1995). Hydrogeology of Cibola County, New Mexico [Water-Resources Investigations Report 94-4178]. Albuquerque: U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.
  • Maxwell, C.H. (1989). Mineral resources of the Petaca Pinta wilderness study area, Cibola County, New Mexico [U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1734-H]. Denver: U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.

Coordinates: 34°55′N 107°59′W / 34.92°N 107.99°W / 34.92; -107.99