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There is thirty-three counties in the state of New Mexico. There were originally nine counties formed in 1852. Santa Ana County, New Mexico Territory, one of the nine original counties, was annexed in 1876 to Bernalillo County, New Mexico.

Cibola County, New Mexico

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Cibola County is a county located in the state of New Mexico. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 27,213. Its county seat is Grants. It is New Mexico's youngest county, 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 included in the Albuquerque-Santa Fe-Las Vegas, NM Combined Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Cibola County Name

Named after the Seven Cities of Cibola.


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Cibola County History

Cibola County was created 19 June 1981. It is the last county to form in New Mexico. It was named after the Seven Cities of Cibola. Grants is the county seat. Cibola County is rich in mining , including uranium. Tourism, milling, camping and outdoor sports are major assets. Beautiful Wide-open spaces are abundant in Cibola County.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total 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.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • McKinley County - north
  • Sandoval County - northeast
  • Bernalillo County - east
  • Valencia County - east
  • Socorro County - southeast
  • Catron County - south
  • Apache County, Arizona - west


All public schools in the county are operated by Grants/Cibola County Schools.

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