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Grants
Cibola County, New Mexico

ZipCodes
87020

Motto
Where Modern Highways Meet Ancient Crossroads
The Heart of American Indian Country



Page Contents for Grants, New Mexico

Statistics & Facts

Location

History & History-related items



Statistics & Facts

The New Mexico state capital is Santa Fe.
The population of Grants is approximately 8,900 1990, 9182 2010.
The approximate number of families is 3,532 1990, 3327 2010.
The amount of land area in Grants is 35.393 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.004 sq kilometers.
The distance from Grants to Washington DC is 1767 miles.
The distance to the New Mexico state capital is 112 miles. (as the crow flies)
Grants is positioned 35.15 degrees north of the equator and 107.83 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Grants elevation is 6,460 feet above sea level.
Grants average annual rainfall is 7 inches per year
Grants average temperature is 50.2 degrees F.
The average low temperature is Winter: high-40, low-10 degrees F.
The average high temperature is Summer: high-80, low-50 degrees F.

Location

in western New Mexico on Interstate 40
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History & History Related Items

Grants had always been a quiet farming community. In 1950, a local rancher, Paddy Martinez, found a funny yellow rock in the Haystack Mountains nearby. The discovery of uranium here changed the whole economy of this area. The Atomic Energy Commission would buy all that could be found and many companies came in to do the mining. The find turned out to be the start of the biggest uranium stock in the world. The mining continued in full force until the 1982-83 recession forced the closing of the mines and the mills.

Grants has been the county seat for Cibola County since its beginnings on 19 June 1981. Grants was originally in Valencia County.
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