Grant County, New Mexico

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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
Map of the United States highlighting New Mexico
New Mexico's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 32°44′N 108°23′W / 32.73°N 108.38°W / 32.73; -108.38
Country United States
State New Mexico
Founded1868
Named forUlysses S. Grant
SeatSilver City
Largest townSilver City
Area
 • Total3,968 sq mi (10,280 km2)
 • Land3,962 sq mi (10,260 km2)
 • Water5.9 sq mi (15 km2)  0.1%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2019)
26,998
 • Density7.4/sq mi (2.9/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district2nd
Websitewww.grantcountynm.gov

Grant County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Mexico. At the 2010 census, the population was 29,514.[1] Its county seat is Silver City.[2] The county was founded in 1868 and named for Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States.[3]

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

Geography[edit]

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.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
191014,813
192021,93948.1%
193019,050−13.2%
194020,0505.2%
195021,6498.0%
196018,700−13.6%
197022,03017.8%
198026,20418.9%
199027,6765.6%
200031,00212.0%
201029,514−4.8%
2019 (est.)26,998[5]−8.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2016[1]

2000 census[edit]

At the 2000 census,[10] there were 31,002 people, 12,146 households and 8,514 families living in the county. The population density was 8 per square mile (3.1/km2). There were 14,066 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1.5/km2). The racial make-up 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, 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.

26.20% of the population were 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% 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 household income was $29,134 and the median family income was $34,231. Males had a median income of $31,126 and females $19,627. The per capita income 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[edit]

At the 2010 census, there were 29,514 people, 12,586 households and 7,941 families living in the county.[11] The population density was 7.4 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).[12] The racial make-up 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.[11] In terms of ancestry, 11.9% were English, 11.8% were German, 10.4% were Irish, and 2.9% were American.[13]

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.[11]

The median Household income was $36,591 and the median family income was $44,360. Males had a median income of $38,731 and females $27,161. The per capita income 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.[14]

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]

Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Politics[edit]

Grant County is heavily Democratic. Since 1932, it has only voted for the Republican presidential nominee twice, both times by narrow margins.

United States presidential election results for Grant County, New Mexico[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 6,553 45.40% 7,590 52.58% 292 2.02%
2016 5,288 41.28% 6,276 48.99% 1,247 9.73%
2012 5,358 41.53% 7,090 54.95% 454 3.52%
2008 5,406 39.30% 8,142 59.19% 207 1.50%
2004 6,135 45.81% 7,095 52.98% 162 1.21%
2000 4,961 44.13% 5,673 50.47% 607 5.40%
1996 3,993 36.54% 5,860 53.62% 1,075 9.84%
1992 2,917 28.38% 5,603 54.52% 1,757 17.10%
1988 4,196 43.10% 5,443 55.91% 96 0.99%
1984 4,979 45.93% 5,755 53.09% 106 0.98%
1980 4,628 47.41% 4,600 47.13% 533 5.46%
1976 4,095 43.90% 5,176 55.49% 57 0.61%
1972 4,431 50.46% 4,081 46.48% 269 3.06%
1968 2,908 38.52% 3,817 50.56% 824 10.92%
1964 2,042 27.92% 5,253 71.82% 19 0.26%
1960 2,468 35.93% 4,378 63.74% 22 0.32%
1956 3,224 43.70% 4,122 55.88% 31 0.42%
1952 3,421 43.18% 4,315 54.47% 186 2.35%
1948 1,999 34.90% 3,592 62.72% 136 2.37%
1944 1,970 36.17% 3,472 63.75% 4 0.07%
1940 2,015 33.98% 3,914 66.00% 1 0.02%
1936 1,469 31.02% 3,215 67.88% 52 1.10%
1932 1,381 28.80% 3,344 69.74% 70 1.46%
1928 2,058 50.69% 1,994 49.11% 8 0.20%
1924 1,756 39.59% 2,085 47.00% 595 13.41%
1920 2,230 53.77% 1,879 45.31% 38 0.92%
1916 1,869 43.73% 2,305 53.93% 100 2.34%
1912 439 20.72% 1,130 53.33% 550 25.96%


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved September 29, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 141.
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on January 1, 2015. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved December 23, 2019.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  11. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  12. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 24, 2016.
  13. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 24, 2016.
  14. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 24, 2016.
  15. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 1, 2018.

Further reading[edit]

  • Caballero, Raymond, McCarthyism vs. Clinton Jencks. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2019.

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