Taos, NM Profile: Facts & Data


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Taos, New Mexico - Basic Facts

The Town of Taos had a population of 5,771 as of July 1, 2018. Taos ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Taos is located at latitude 36.3868 and longitude -105.5803 in Taos County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Taos (see map below) encompass a land area of 5.7 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Taos County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 6,968 feet.

The Town of Taos (GNIS ID: 2413366) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

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

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Taos, NM Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 5,771
Population in Households 5,668
Population in Familes 3,888
Population in Group Qrtrs 103
Population Density2 1,013
Diversity Index3 77


Median Household Income $30,573
Average Household Income $47,533
Per Capita Income $23,097


Total Housing Units 3,502 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,573 (44.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,141 (32.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 788 (22.5%)
Median Home Value $281,038
Average Home Value $315,830


Total Households 2,714
Average Household Size 2.09
Family Households 1,350
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.12% 0.02%
Households 0.19% 0.06%
Families -0.03% -0.18%
Median Household Income   1.7%
Per Capita Income   1.72%

Taos, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Taos to the other 443 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New Mexico by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 # 44 90th
Population Density # 47 90th
Diversity Index # 66 86th
Median Household Income # 360 19th
Per Capita Income # 180 60th

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