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Taos County, New Mexico
Seal of Taos County, New Mexico
Map
Map of New Mexico highlighting Taos County
Location in the state of New Mexico
Map of the USA highlighting New Mexico
New Mexico's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded January 9, 1852
Seat Taos
Largest town Taos
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

2,204 sq mi (5,708 km²)
2,203 sq mi (5,706 km²)
1.3 sq mi (3 km²), 0.06%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

32,907
15/sq mi (6/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: www.taoscounty.org

Taos County is a county in the U.S. state of New Mexico. As of the 2010 census, the population was 32,937. Its county seat is Taos. The county was formed in 1852 as one of the original nine counties in New Mexico Territory.

Taos County comprises the Taos, NM Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,204 square miles (5,710 km2), of which 2,203 square miles (5,710 km2) is land and 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2) (0.06%) is water.

The county's highest point is the summit of Wheeler Peak at 13,161 feet (4,011 m). This is also the highest natural point in New Mexico. The county has the highest mean elevation of any U.S. county outside of Colorado, even though it ranks only 22nd overall. Taos County contains 17 of New Mexico's highest 25 peaks.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Carson National Forest (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 12,008
1920 12,773 6.4%
1930 14,394 12.7%
1940 18,528 28.7%
1950 17,146 −7.5%
1960 15,934 −7.1%
1970 17,516 9.9%
1980 19,456 11.1%
1990 23,118 18.8%
2000 29,979 29.7%
2010 32,937 9.9%
Est. 2015 32,907 −0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 29,979 people, 12,675 households, and 7,757 families residing in the county. The population density was 14 people per square mile (5.2537/km²). There were 17,404 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3.0500/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 63.77% White, 0.35% Black or African American, 6.59% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 24.84% from other races, and 3.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 57.94% of the population.

There were 12,675 households out of which 29.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.70% were married couples living together, 12.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.80% were non-families. 32.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 27.40% from 25 to 44, 28.80% from 45 to 64, and 12.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 96.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.70 males.

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.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 32,937 people, 14,806 households, and 8,437 families residing in the county. The population density was 15.0 inhabitants per square mile (5.8/km2). There were 20,265 housing units at an average density of 9.2 per square mile (3.6/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 68.7% white, 6.2% American Indian, 0.7% Asian, 0.4% black or African American, 19.1% from other races, and 4.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 55.8% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 10.8% were English, 10.3% were German, 9.0% were Irish, and 1.2% were American.

Of the 14,806 households, 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.3% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 43.0% were non-families, and 36.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.85. The median age was 45.2 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,441 and the median income for a family was $43,236. Males had a median income of $34,245 versus $28,325 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,145. About 14.5% of families and 17.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.3% of those under age 18 and 11.9% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Taos County, New Mexico. Fence construction at Los Cordovas. This is vega land, as is much land ad . . - NARA - 521936
Taos Mountain from Los Cordovas, 1941.
Costilla NM Plaza 1943
The plaza of Costilla, 1943
Las Trampas - Eglise
Las Trampas

Towns

  • Red River
  • Taos (county seat)

Villages

Census-designated places

Other communities


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