Living in Taos

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Facts About Taos County

Taos County is found in the north-central region of New Mexico in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The town of Taos (elevation 6,950 feet) was incorporated as such in 1934. Taos is located next to Taos Pueblo, the Native American village and tribe from which it takes its name. The word ‘Taos’ means ‘red willow’ in the Tiwa language.

Real Estate Trends (Source: Trulia)

Statistics

    Distance to Albuquerque International Sunport: 130 miles, 2 hours and 15 minutes.
    To Santa Fe: 70 miles, 1 hour and 15 minutes.
    To Denver: 280 miles, 4 hours, 30 minutes.
    Population of Taos: 6,213 (From 2000 census)
    Population of Taos County: 29,979 (From 2000 census)
    Density: 9.8 persons per square mile (compared to 64 per square mile avg in U.S.)
    Ethnic Composition: 65% Hispanic, 27% Anglo, 7% Native American, 1% Other
    Size: 1,444,480 acres in Taos County
    Ownership: 50% Federal, 38.2% Private, 6.7% State, 4.3% Native American  

Employment and Wages

Employment opportunities in Taos are primarily in the service industry and wholesale retail. In 2000, the median income for a household in the county was $26,762, and the median income for a family was $33,995. Males had a median income of $27,310 versus $21,121 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,103. About 16.10% of families and 20.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.60% of those under age 18 and 20.80% of those age 65 or over.

Climate

Semi-arid high desert with an average annual rainfall of 12” and average annual snowfall of 35” in the Town of Taos. Average annual snowfall in Taos Ski Valley of 321”. 70% of possible hours of sunlight.

Yearly Average Temperatures

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Yearly Average Precipitation

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