The town of Taos lies in the north-central region of New Mexico, seated on the high desert mesa at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The word Taos means "red willow" in the Tiwa language. A place of wide open spaces and incredible views, Taos County is composed of many small communities that are spread over 50 square miles.
Incorporated: Taos, Red River, Questa, Taos Ski Valley
Unincorporated: Amalia, Costilla, Ojo Caliente, Pilar, Penasco, Ranchos de Taos, Talpa, Tres Piedras, Valdez
Angel Fire is located in Colfax County, 23 miles east of Taos.
Temperatures: Semi-arid continental climate. Annual precipitation in Town of Taos, 12 inches. Sunshine 70 percent of possible hours annually. Daytime during warmest month averages in 80's. Low winter temperatures average near 10 degrees.
Average Annual Snowfall: Taos Ski Valley - 312 inches. Town of Taos - 35 inches. Angel Fire - 140 inches.
Elevation: Town - 6,950 feet. Taos Ski Valley - 9,207 feet. Wheeler Peak - 13,161 feet. Angel Fire: 8,382 feet.
|Geography||Taos County||New Mexico|
|Land Area in Square Miles, 2010||2,203.11||121,298.15|
|Person per square mile, 2010||15.0||17.0|
|Housing||Taos County||New Mexico|
|Housing Units, 2011||20,647||908,132|
|Housing Units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2007-2011||12.0%||15.0%|
|Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2007-2011||$214,000||$161,800|
|Persons per households, 2007-2011||2.48||2.62|
|Per capita money income in the past 12 months (2011 dollars), 2007-2011||$22,126||$23,537|
|Median household income, 2007-2011||$36,205||$44,631|
|Persons below poverty level, percent, 2007-2011||21.5%||19.0%|
|Family households (families) ||8,437|
|With own children under 18 years||3,344|
|With own children under 18 years||1,824|
|Male householder, no wife present||895|
|With own children under 18 years||491|
|Female householder, no husband present||1,864|
|With own children under 18 years||1,029|
|Householder living alone||5,333|
|Householder living alone||1,131|
|65 years and over||617|
|Households with individuals under 18 years||3,877|
|Households with individuals 65 years and over||4,227|
|Average household size||2.19|
|Average family size||2.85|
Source: U. S. Census Bureau, Census 2010
In January 2012 the total workforce in Taos County was 17,008: 15,504 employed and 1,504 unemployed. The unemployment rate was 8.8% compared to 7.3% statewide. The 2010 average wage per job in the County was $30,263, representing a .03% change from 2009. New Mexico’s 2010 average wage per job was $40,199, a 2.19% increase from 2009. Total net earnings in 2010 in the County were $509.8 million, a .68% change from 2009. Statewide, total net earnings increased 3.69% between 2009 and 2010. Among the population 25 years and older 88.3% had at least graduated high school and 30.1% had a bachelor’s degree or higher. Statewide these percentages were 82.7% and 25.5%, respectively.
Source: NM Department of Workforce Solutions, Table C,
1/3 of full value times tax rate, which varies in different parts of county.
Assessed valuations in Taos County, 1999 property tax year: $515,886,027
Source: Taos County Assessor
Angel Fire: 142,816
Enchanted Forest: 4,500
Red River: 99,268
Taos Ski Valley: 249,000
New Mexico: 1,092,399
Source: Ski New Mexico
|All Listings Sold||Residential||Land||Commercial|
|Number of listings||495||262||218||12|
|Avg. Days on Mkt.||315||252||398||215|
|Guesthouse in town $600||Studio Apartment Des Montes $535|
|1 BD, adobe, Ranchos $650||2 BD country cottage $700|
|3 BD, 2 BA, Ranchos $700||2 BD, 2BA, near Plaza $800|
|Source: The Taos News|
|Commercial Rental space:|
|Median rent/sf/year, Taos Central District, $10.32 Median rent/sf/year, Taos General, $8.20|
|SSource: Mark Cowan and Associates|
|Multi-Family Listings Sold|
|Number of listings||3|
|Avg. Days on Mkt.||196|
|Source: Taos County Association of Realtors|
Total school enrollment in 2010 was 6,991: high school enrollment was 1,515 and college or graduate school enrollment was 1,712. Among the population five years and older, 54.3% spoke English only, 45.7% spoke a language other than English, and 40.5% spoke Spanish. The total Spanish speaking population was 12,410 (2006?2010 estimates). Source: New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions and the U. S. Census Bureau.
University of New Mexico, Taos, Community college education, two-year comprehensive educational center, eight associate of arts, three associate of applied science, six customized training and 15 certificate programs. 758 -7667 University of New Mexico North offers graduate and upper division programs .
Public: The Chile Line transit system: Two routes that run six days a week, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m., every half hour. One runs north and south from the Ranchos de Taos Post Office to Taos Pueblo. The second is an east-west route that serves the public facilities of Taos. Fifty cents per person or $1 a day. 751-4459
TNM&O Bus: National connection and shuttle services to and from Taos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque International Airport.
AIR: Rio Grande Air: Flights departing daily from gate D-2 at the Albuquerque International Sunport. 877-I-FLY-RGA or 737-9790
Taos Municipal Airport: Open 24 hours, 5,800 foot runway. Two approaches, one NDB and one VOC/DME. Elevation 7,091. 758-4995
Taos Aviation Services: The only full-service FBO in northern New Mexico. 100LL AV Gas and Jet-A-Fuel. Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. 737-0505
Town of Taos. Emergency: 911 Non Emergency: 758-2216. area: Town of Taos Limits
NM State Police: Emergency: 911 Non Emergency: 758-8878 Serves: All Taos County area north to Colorado, east to Colfax County, south to Rio Arriba County, west to Tres Piedras
Taos County Sheriff: Emergency 911 Non Emergency: 751-8593 Area: Same as NM State Police.
Taos Search and Rescue: Call New Mexico State Police
Fire Emergency 911 Non Emergency 758-3386 5 paid firefighters and 19 volunteers 5 engines at the main station, 3 at the substation and 1 at Taos Airport.
One ten plex theater with current-run films. Two independent film series run throughout the year Several nightclubs offering country-western, jazz, rock-n-roll, Spanish music and dancing.
More than 80 restaurants with American, Italian, New Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, French, Barbecue, Vegetarian and Seafood.
Three grocery stores and one natural food stores
Two department stores. More than 80 art galleries and 60 retail shops.
Taos Civic Plaza and Convention Center has 20,195 square feet of meeting space and complete food and beverage services for 10-500 people.
Sagebrush Inn and Convention Center has 18,000 square feet of meeting space and 62 two-room guest suites and 100 rooms nearby and complete food services.
Taos Visitor Center has meeting room to accommodate 45 people.
Larger lodging facilities have meeting spaces.
Taos Business Alliance for Economic Development assists businesses interested in relocating in the Taos area, supports education and training of businesses and the workforce and promotes business expansion through traditional marketing and e-commerce programs. 758-2103
Taos County Chamber of Commerce provides leadership in promoting economic development and business. The chamber runs the Taos visitor Bureau to promote tourism, collect and distribute tourism related data and fulfill visitor requests. Members: 650.
Taos County Economic Development Corporation helps local residents benefit from diversified economic opportunities through a small business incubator, business assistance and a 25,000 square foot business park. Including Taos Food Center, working toward sustainable development of traditional land-based cultures. 758-8731.