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The Peñasco Census Designated Place had a population of 576 as of July 1, 2017. Penasco ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New Mexico. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Penasco is located at latitude 36.1703 and longitude -105.6907 in Taos County. The formal boundaries for the Peñasco Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.22 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Taos County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 7,687 feet.

The Peñasco Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2409051) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

New Mexico is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Peñasco Census Designated Place is located within Picuris Division of Taos County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Penasco population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Penasco, NM Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 576
Daytime Population: Workers 259
Daytime Population: Residents 379
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 638
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.11
Population in Households 576
Population in Familes 458
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 473
Diversity Index3 73


Median Household Income $28,546
Average Household Income $43,628
Per Capita Income $18,272


Total Housing Units 321 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 185 (57.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 57 (17.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 79 (24.6%)
Median Home Value $134,459
Average Home Value $177,162


Total Households 242
Average Household Size 2.38
Family Households 152
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.31% -0.49%
Households -0.23% -0.42%
Families -0.45% -0.53%
Median Household Income   -0.57%
Per Capita Income   1.19%

Penasco, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Penasco to the other 443 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New Mexico by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 207 53rd
Population Density # 121 73rd
Diversity Index # 108 76th
Median Household Income # 381 14th
Per Capita Income # 323 27th

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