Introduction to Grants, New Mexico

Grants, New Mexico, in Cibola county, is 65 miles W of Rio Rancho, New Mexico and 68 miles W of Albuquerque, New Mexico. About 8,806 people people live in Grants.

Grants History

Grants was first home to the Anasazi Native Americans. Don Jesus Blea was the first permanent European resident in the area. He established his home here in 1872 and named it "Alamitos." Three brothers from Canada came to establish a railroad camp here in the late 19th century, and the town was eventually named after them.

Grants and nearby Attractions

  • Bluewater Lake State Park
  • Red Rock Museum
  • Grants Chamber of Commerce and Mining Museum
  • Grants Historical Marker
  • El Morro National Monument
  • Rex Museum

Things To Do In Grants

The First United Methodist Church, Grants Mission and Bible Baptist Church are the local houses of worship.

Grants Transportation

Albuquerque International is the nearest major airport.

Grants Higher Education

Facilities for higher education are provided by New Mexico State University-Grants, San Juan College, New Mexico Highlands University and Fort Lewis College.


Total Population 9,243
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 14.9%
Employed Population 16+ 3,417
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 39.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $45,269
% Above Poverty Level 76%
% Below Poverty Level 24%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.5%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 27.6%
Median Gross Rent $613
Median House Value $105,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 71.4%
US/American 0%
English 5.1%
Irish 4.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Grants Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 65 miles W of Rio Rancho, New Mexico (center to center)
Nearest Large City 68 miles W of Albuquerque, New Mexico
County Cibola
Standard Zip Codes 87020
Phone Area Codes 505
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.147
Longitude -107.85

Grants Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 3.1 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 48 F
Apr Temp 29 to 68 F
Jul Temp 54 to 89 F
Oct Temp 32 to 71 F
Annual Precip 10.8 inches
Distance 29 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 44 F
Apr Temp 28 to 63 F
Jul Temp 51 to 85 F
Oct Temp 32 to 66 F
Annual Precip 15.3 inches
Distance 36.2 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 39 F
Apr Temp 24 to 56 F
Jul Temp 46 to 80 F
Oct Temp 28 to 62 F
Annual Precip 20.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Grants, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Ambrosia Lake (87020)

Anaconda (87020)

Broadview Acres (87020)

San Mateo (87020)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Milan 3,257 $38,571

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Grants Public Libraries

Mother Whiteside Memorial Library
525 W. HIGH ST
Grants, New Mexico
(505) 287-4793

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Grants Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(505) 287-4446
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 986 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.3

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Serves 6 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

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