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The Town of Taos had a population of 5,736 as of July 1, 2017. 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Taos 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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Taos, NM Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 5,736
Daytime Population: Workers 8,682
Daytime Population: Residents 3,293
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 11,975
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 2.09
Population in Households 5,633
Population in Familes 3,895
Population in Group Qrtrs 103
Population Density2 1,007
Diversity Index3 77


Median Household Income $31,143
Average Household Income $47,741
Per Capita Income $23,212


Total Housing Units 3,534 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,572 (44.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,128 (31.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 834 (23.6%)
Median Home Value $264,229
Average Home Value $307,252


Total Households 2,700
Average Household Size 2.09
Family Households 1,349
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 0.05% -0.16%
Households 0.14% -0.11%
Families -0.04% -0.34%
Median Household Income   0.63%
Per Capita Income   2.23%

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, 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 # 43 91st
Population Density # 45 90th
Diversity Index # 60 86th
Median Household Income # 342 23rd
Per Capita Income # 178 60th

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