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Cibola County

Facts about Cibola County, New Mexico

Cibola County is a county in the U.S. state of New Mexico. As of the 2010 census, the population was 27,213. Its county seat is Grants. It is New Mexico's youngest county, and the third youngest county in the United States, 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 part of the Albuquerque-Santa Fe-Las Vegas, NM Combined Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an 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

Demographics

As of the 2010 census, there were 27,213 people, 8,860 households, and 6,274 families residing in the county. The population density was 6.0 inhabitants per square mile (2.3/km²). There were 11,101 housing units at an average density of 2.4 per square mile (0.93/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 41.8% white, 41.0% American Indian, 1.0% black or African American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 12.4% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 36.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 5.4% were Irish, and 1.5% were American.

Of the 8,860 households, 38.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.1% were married couples living together, 20.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.2% were non-families, and 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.30. The median age was 36.6 years.

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