Grant County, New Mexico

  • Grant County Courthouse in Silver City
  • View across Gila National Forest along the Trail of the Mountain Spirits
  • Fort Bayard National Historic District
  • View from Wild Horse Mesa on the Trail of the Mountain Spirits
  • Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

Grant County is in southwestern New Mexico with Arizona to the west. The Phelps-Dodge Corporation used to run a huge open pit copper mine near Tyrone, just south of Silver City. Formed in 1868, Grant County contains 3,966 square miles of land and 2 square miles of water. The county seat and largest town is Silver City.

Among the attractions available in Grant County are Gila National Forest, Gila Wilderness, Aldo Leopold Wilderness, Trail of the Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway, Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway, City of Rocks State Park and Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.

Fast Facts about Grant County, New Mexico
Types of Jobs:
Private Sector, wages or salary: 62%
Government Sector: 26%
Unincorporated, Self-Employed: 11%
Homemaker, Unpaid: 1%
Population Density: 8 People per Square Mile
Cost of Living Index for Grant County: 85.0
Median Resident Age: 38.8 Years
2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $36,700
Median Home Value: $133,400
Major Industries:
Educational Services, Health Care, Mining, Lodging & Food Services, Construction, Government, Agriculture & Forestry, Professional Services, Retail Services
Population Demographics: 2010
Total Population 29,514
Males 14,487
Females 15,027
Population by Age
Under 18 6,473
18 & over 23,041
20-24 1,527
25-34 2,890
35-49 4,676
50-64 6,916
65 & over 6,299
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino 14,252
Non Hispanic or Latino 15,262
Population by Race
White 25,058
African-American 255
Asian 123
Native American 400
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 22
Other 2,837
Two or more 819