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Silver City is a town in Grant County, New Mexico, in the United States. It is the county seat of Grant County. The city is the home of the Western New Mexico University. As of the census of 2000, there were 10,545 people, 4,227 households, and 2,730 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,040.1 people per square mile (401.5/km²). There were 4,757 housing units at an average density of 469.2/sq mi (181.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 71.72%25 White, 0.86%25 African American, 1.14%25 Native American, 0.45%25 Asian, 0.05%25 Pacific Islander, 22.42%25 from other races, and 3.37%25 from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race was 52.43%25 of the population.
Silver City was founded as a mining town, and the nearby mining operations of Phelps Dodge are still the basis for the local economy. In 2006, the Chino and Tyrone mines produced 125,400 long tons (127,400 t) of copper. Mine employment was 1,250, with wages and salaries totaling $73 million. However, a Phelps-Dodge spokesman recently remarked that "based on current economic projections, the properties in New Mexico will not be operating in 25 years”. Phelps-Dodge was acquired by an international mining firm Freeport-McMoRan in March 2007, and work at the Chino and Tyrone operations are continuing under the Freeport name.
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