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The 2000 Census showed that Taos County had a population of 29,979 people. This represented 1.65% of the total population of New Mexico, making it the state's 16th most populous county (out of 33 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Taos had a population of 31,507 people. This is an increase of 5.1% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201032,937+9.87%+4.54% since 2009
200831,508+5.1%-0.34% since 2007
200731,614+5.45%+0.71% since 2006
200631,392+4.71%+0.62% since 2005
200531,200+4.07%+0.14% since 2004
200431,157+3.93%+0.79% since 2003
200330,914+3.12%+1.06% since 2002
200230,591+2.04%+1.62% since 2001
200130,104+0.42%+0.42% since 2000
200029,979The Last Census

Taos County had 17,404 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Taos County has a total area<3> of 2,204 square miles [5,709 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (1.45 square miles [3.76 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Taos County had a population density of 13.61 people per square mile [5.25 people/km²], making it the state's 9th most densely populated county (out of 33 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Taos County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Taos and the state of New Mexico.

Click here for the Taos County QuickFact (QF-35055).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Taos County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Taos County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Conejos (CO)QF-08021   NW7,8448,400-6.62%
Costilla (CO)QF-08023   N3,1483,663-14.06%
ColfaxQF-35007   E12,73714,189-10.23%
MoraQF-35033   SE4,9355,180-4.73%
Rio ArribaQF-35039   W40,67841,190-1.24%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Taos. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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