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Silver City
Grant County, New Mexico


Gateway to the Gila Wilderness

Page Contents for Silver City, New Mexico

Statistics & Facts


Weather & Climate

History & History-related items

City Attractions


Chamber of Commerce.

Community news

Community events.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The New Mexico state capital is Santa Fe.
The population of Silver City is approximately 9,999 (2005), 10315 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 4,757 (2000), 4389 (2010).
The amount of land area in Silver City is 22.808 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Silver City is 10.1 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Silver City to Washington DC is 1871 miles.
The distance to the New Mexico state capital is 240 miles. (as the crow flies)
Silver City is positioned 32.78 degrees north of the equator and 108.26 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Silver City elevation is 5,938 feet above sea level.
Silver City per capita income is $ 13,813 (2000).
Silver City median income is $ 25,881 (2000).
The Silver City median home price is $ 87,700 (2000).
Silver City average annual rainfall is 14.9 inches per year
Silver City average temperature is 54 degrees F.
The average low temperature is (January) 37 degrees F.
The average high temperature is (July) 73 degrees F.


on Hwy 180 north of Interstate 10 in southwestern New Mexico about 42 miles from Lordsburg and about 108 miles from Las Cruces. Other nearby communities include Santa Clara, Bayard and Hurley.

Here is a location page for Silver City.
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seasonal. There is an average snowfall of 12 inches and an annual average humidity of 31%. The prevailing winds are NW. There are very few extremes of temperature during the year. Check this Climate Page for Silver City and the area. This page tells a little more about the weather here.
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History & History Related Items

Grant County used to be known as treasure house of wealth with the great abundance of ore taken from its mines. Silver City survived the mining boom and has become an established city today. Originally the area was called Vicente de la Cienga. Travelers could get water from themselves and their stock at the springs. After silver was discovered on Chloride Flat nearby by James and John Bullard around the 1860's, the area boomed and became known as Silver City. More silver was found in places nearby which reinforced Silver City as the leading community in the area. It became the County Seat in 1871. Western New Mexico University was established here in 1893 just as the silver market dropped dramatically. Silver City was determined not to become another boom town turned ghost town and redirected its efforts to shipping and cattle. It is also known as the home of William H. Bonney, his childhood name. His more famous name was Billy the Kid

Not only does Silver City has a great climate, but it also has great fishing, arts, history, museums and national forests nearby. In 1895, there was a flood that basically destroyed the Main Street, carving a trench down the road a mile long and as deep as 45 feet in some parts. The residents didn't let that get them down, they called it the "Big Ditch" and made a park out of it. Silver City is known as a great place to live for retirees.
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Some features of the area are the City of Rocks, Gila Cliff Dwellings, and the Kneeling Nun, a Monolith that resembles a praying nun. 20 miles east of Silver City via U.S. 180, off N.M. 152.

The Grant County Fair

The Silver City Museum

Learn more about Silver City at this informative site.

The Big Ditch Riverwalk Park
In 1904, a flood divided the town. The 55-foot-deep, shaded arroyo of Big Ditch Park was once Main Street. Now it is a park for special events and general enjoyment.
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Silver City City Government

Town of Silver City
101 W. Broadway
Silver City, New Mexico
Phone: (505) 538-3731

Silver City has a Council/Manager Form of government. There is an elected mayor and four council persons. The council hires the town manager. Silver City is the County Seat of Grant County.

Silver City Chamber

The Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce
201 N. Hudson Ave.
Silver City, New Mexico 88061
Phone: (505) 538-3785 or (800) 548-9378

Silver City Community News

Silver City Sun-News
1818 N. Silver City St.
Silver City, NM 88061
Switchboard: 505-538-5844

Local Newspaper

Silver City Community Events

Wild, Wild West Pro Rodeo every summer! Sponsored by the Southwest Horseman's Association and the rodeo committee.

Silver City Organizations

The Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce
201 N. Hudson Ave.
Silver City, New Mexico 88061
Phone: (505) 538-3785 or (800) 548-9378

Silver City Libraries

Silver City Public Library
Phone: (505) 538-3731

Silver City Schools

Silver Consolidated Schools
2810 North Swan Street
Silver City, NM 88061
Phone: (505) 956-2002
Fax: (505) 956-2030


Western New Mexico University
For enrollment information, contact the WNMU Admissions office at (800) 872-9668 Silver City


The population of Silver City was:
1994 - 11,508
2000 - 10,545
2004 - 10,054
2005 - 9,999 (estimate)

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