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Tajique, New Mexico
Location of Tajique, New Mexico
Location of Tajique, New Mexico
Country United States
State New Mexico
County Torrance
 • Total 2.7 sq mi (7.0 km2)
 • Land 2.7 sq mi (7.0 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 6,703 ft (2,043 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 148
 • Density 54.7/sq mi (21.1/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 87016
Area code(s) 505
FIPS code 35-76060
GNIS feature ID 0928822

Tajique is a census-designated place (CDP) in Torrance County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 148 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Tajique is located at 34°45′22″N 106°17′17″W / 34.75611°N 106.28806°W / 34.75611; -106.28806 (34.756005, -106.288042).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²), all of it land.


Tajique was originally a Tiwa pueblo. The name Tajique may have been derived from the Tiwa name Tush-yit-yay. The original date of settlement is unknown. In the early 17th century, Tajique served as the seat of the San Miguel Mission. After an Apache raid in 1674, the inhabitants of the Quarai pueblo joined the Tajique pueblo, doubling the population to over 600 residents. In 1675, a subsequent Apache raid forced the abandonment of the Tajique pueblo.

The Trigo Fire in April, 2008 threatened the area, and Tajique was later evacuated due to the Big Spring Fire in June of that year. The Big Spring Fire burned 5,478 acres (22.17 km2) and destroyed six homes and 10 outbuildings in Tajique. The Trigo Fire, which came near Tajique, burned 59 homes and charred 13,709 acres (55.48 km2).


As of the census of 2000, there were 148 people, 48 households, and 39 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 54.7 people per square mile (21.1/km²). There were 63 housing units at an average density of 23.3 per square mile (9.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 58.78% White, 2.03% Native American, 37.84% from other races, and 1.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 79.05% of the population.

There were 48 households out of which 41.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 20.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.7% were non-families. 12.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.08 and the average family size was 3.28.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 35.8% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 17.6% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 92.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.0 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $27,969, and the median income for a family was $27,969. Males had a median income of $33,000 versus $32,500 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $7,645. There were 34.0% of families and 30.1% of the population living below the poverty line, including 34.3% of under eighteens and none of those over 64.

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