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For more information about the City of Grants, the Village of Milan and Cibola County, contact:

Eileen Yarborough
505-287-6685
Executive Director
Cibola Communities Economic Development Foundation
701 E. Roosevelt Avenue
PO Box 277
Grants, NM 87020

817-564-3884 direct
505-287-2125 fax
eileen@cibolaedc.com


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Cibola County, NM Demographics

Cibola County occupies approximately 4,539 square miles in the northwest region of New Mexico, and is the state’s youngest county, established in 1981. It is bordered by McKinley County to the northwest, Sandoval County to the northeast, and Bernalillo and Valencia Counties to the east, Socorro and Catron counties border to the south and Apache County (Arizona) to the west. The county is mostly rural and has one city, one town and 20 localities; the city of Grants is the county seat. This county is home to three Native American tribes – the Pueblo of Acoma, the Pueblo of Laguna and the Ramah Chapter of the Navajo.

Grants and Milan’s elevation of 6,460 feet is a climate that offers an average high of 70 degrees with a low of 42 degrees at night. The cities are located at the foot of Mt. Taylor, an inactive stratovolcano, which was named in 1849 for then president Zachary Taylor. It is the highest point of the San Mateo Mountains and in the Cibola National Forest at 11, 301 feet. This peak can be seen throughout the mountainous region and provides irrigation water for ranchers, farmers and the pueblos. The region offers scenic vistas of mountains and mesas, historical attractions, a national forest, national monuments, state parks, and many forms of outdoor recreation. It also plays a key role in the mining and forest restoration industries as well.


Population

Population 2000 2010 2016 2021
Cibola County 25,595 27,213 27,089 27,087
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Population by Age

Population 2010 2016 2021
0-4 1,892 1,802 1,735
5-9 1,811 1,751 1,706
10-14 1,902 1,737 1,779
15-19 1,958 1,690 1,674
20-24 1,821 1,846 1,654
25-29 1,863 1,956 1,824
30-34 1,831 1,909 1,894
35-39 1,726 1,716 1,780
40-44 1,723 1,668 1,682
45-49 1,925 1,608 1,585
50-54 2,051 1,883 1,593
55-59 1,772 1,917 1,769
60-64 1,452 1,629 1,799
65-69 1,124 1,400 1,571
70-74 903 1,031 1,264
75-79 700 748 857
80-84 431 429 510
85+ 328 369 411
18+ 20,379 20,775 20,845
Median Age 37 38 39
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Population by Race

Cibola County 2016
Total 27,089
White Alone 41.340
Black Alone 1.360
American Indian Alone 40.030
Asian Alone 0.570
Pacific Islander Alone 0.140
Some Other Race 13.160
Two or More Races 3.400
Hispanic Origin 38.690
Diversity Index 82.600
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Households

Population 2000 2010 2016 2021
Households 8,327 8,860 8,863 8,863
Housing Units 10,328 11,101 11,142 11,173
Owner Occupied Units 6,380 6,390
Renter Occupied Units 2,483 2,473
Vacant Units 2,279 2,310
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Income

Cibola County 2016 2021
Median Household $37,907 $38,103
Average Household $48,605 $50,945
Per Capita $17,762 $18,529
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Household Income Base

Cibola County 2016
<$15,000 1,906
$15,000 - $24,999 1,238
$25,000 - $34,999 905
$35,000 - $49,999 1,489
$50,000 - $74,999 1,533
$75,000 - $99,999 976
$100,000 - $149,999 574
$150,000 - $199,999 162
$200,000+ 80
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Growth Rate

Cibola County 2010 - 2014 2014 - 2019
Population -0% 0%
Households 0% 0%
Families -0% -0%
Median Household Income 0%
Per Capita Income 1%
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Cibola County, NM Quality of Life

Education
The Grants-Cibola County School District encompasses all of Cibola County. The City of Grants, Village of Milan and communities on their periphery constitute the urban area of the district. Acoma and Laguna Pueblos on the east side of the district contain many individual communities served by the district. The district includes the Ramah Chapter of the Navajo on the southwest side of the county, however, the district has a transportation agreement with Gallup/McKinley County Schools to bus students to public schools in Ramah. The Pine Hill Bureau of Indian Affairs K-12 Boarding School also serves residents in this area. The Zuni Mountains and Mt. Taylor units of the Cibola National Forest constitute a large portion of the district. Schools in the district are as follows:

School Total Enrollment School Enrollment
Bluewater Elem 89 Laguna/Acoma Mid/HS 491
Cubero Elem 197 Los Alamitos Mid 332
Mesa View Elem 463 Grants HS 912
Milan Elem 554    
Mt. Taylor Elem 511    
San Rafael Elem 67    
Seboyeta Elem 60    

 

Health Care
Cibola General Hospital is a modern 50,000 sq. ft., 25-bed acute care hospital offering on-site general surgery, 24-hour emergency care, intensive care nursing, internal medicine, obstetrics, pathology, pediatric dentistry, podiatry, primary care, and radiology services. The hospital has a helipad on site and air ambulance service is available through Grants/Milan Airport. Currently under construction is a new medical office complex that will allow for more doctors in the area. Acoma Canoncito Laguna Hospital (ACL), located in Acoma, is operated by Indian Health Services.

Housing
Cibola County housing is predominately single-family, detached units with over 77% of families owning their home. Multi-unit structures account for only 9.5%. Housing can be purchased from $30,000 to $300,000 for custom ranch homes.

Local housing availability:
City of Grants - 3,804
Milan - 837

Lifestyle

  • Outdoor recreation - Backpacking, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ATV access
  • Arts and culture - Cibola Arts Council, Double Six Gallery
  • History and museums - Acoma Sky City Cultural Center, Grants Mining Museum and Northwest New Mexico Visitors Center
  • Community Events - Mt. Taylor Quadrathalon, 4th of July Parade & Rodeos, Fire & Ice Bike Rally, Tour de Acoma, Christmas Parade of Lights
  • National monuments and State Parks - Acoma Sky City, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Cibola National Forest, Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, El Malpais National Monument, El Morro National Monument, Bluewater State Park, and Ice Cave & Bandera Volcano
  • National Register of Historic Places in Cibola County – Acoma Curio Shop, San Fidel; Bowlin’s Old Crater Trading Post, Bluewater; Candelaria Pueblo, Grants; Route 66 Rural Historic District-Laguna to McCartys, Cubero; Route 66-State maintained from McCartys to Grants, Grants; Route 66-State maintained from Milan to Continental Divide, Continental Divide; Zuni-Cibola Complex, Zuni Pueblo
  • Village of Milan offers a natatorium, a multi-purpose gymnasium, two community rooms (accommodating 250 and 125 people respectively) and three parks.
  • City of Grants offers a community college, a public library, a senior citizens center, an art gallery, a museum, two sports complexes, 10 parks and picnic areas, a skate park, a rollerskating rink, a bowling alley, a movie theater, and an 18-hole golf course for public use just off Interstate 40.
  • Cibola County offers two full service casinos at the Pueblos of Acoma and Laguna


Home Value

Cibola County 2016 2021
Median Home Value $90,551 $111,516
Average Home Value $122,234 $147,672
<$50,000 1,688 1,317
$50,000 - $99,999 1,852 1,600
$100,000 - $149,999 1,054 1,207
$150,000 - $199,999 804 638
$200,000 - $249,999 362 531
$250,000 - $299,999 221 415
$300,000 - $399,999 276 496
$400,000 - $499,999 43 73
$500,000 - $749,999 51 85
$750,000 - $999,999 0 0
$1,000,000 + 29 28
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Housing Year Built

Year Range Houses Built
2010 or Later 40
2000-2009 1,112
1990-1999 1,345
1980-1989 1,756
1970-1979 3,001
1960-1969 1,647
1950-1959 1,100
1940-1949 264
1939 or Before 835
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Commute

Category Commuters
Workers 16+ 9,350
In-County Residents 7,793
Out-of-County Residents 1,484
Drive Alone 6,795
Carpooled 1,646
Public Transport 41
Work at Home 593
Less than 5 minutes 753
5-9 minutes 1,541
10-14 minutes 1,904
15-19 minutes 1,404
20-24 minutes 636
25-29 minutes 143
30-34 minutes 794
35-39 minutes 70
40-44 minutes 107
45-59 minutes 502
60-89 minutes 714
90+ minutes 189
Average Travel Time 22
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02