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Census Data for Taos Ski Valley ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2019 and it gave Taos Ski Valley a population of 71 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Taos Ski Valley a population of 69 people.

The village of Taos Ski Valley is located in Taos County. The 2010 Census gave Taos County; a population of 32,937 people. This means that Taos Ski Valley had 0.21% of the county's total population, making it Taos' 4th most populous community.

At the same time, New Mexico had a population of 2,059,179 people.

Area ...

The 2010 Census shows that the sampling area for Taos Ski Valley has a total area of 2.34 square miles [6.1 km²].

Taos County has a land area of 2,203 square miles [5,706 km²]. At 2.34 square miles [6.1 km²], Taos Ski Valley has 0.11% of the county's total land area.

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    • When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a village like Taos Ski Valley, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this defines the sampling area (usually a polygon). The shape of the sampling area can be quite complex and it's important to keep in mind that the boundaries of the sampling area may or may not match the recognized boundaries of the village.
    • Things like population, area and housing for Taos Ski Valley reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Taos Ski Valley might be different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau to resolve any difference between the two.
    • Not only does the sampling area define boundaries, it also has a GPS location (latitude & longitude) that indicates a point within the sampling area (usually the center of the polygon, known as the centroid). At the time of the 2010 Census, the sampling area was located at:
    • Lat:   36° 35' 26"   (or 36.59°)
    • Lon:   -105° 26' 15"   (or -105.44°)
    • More information on this topic and the changes between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census can be found in the section for our Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Taos County ...

Taos Ski Valley is located in Taos County<3>.

The county had a population of 32,937 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 69 people, Taos Ski Valley represented 0.21% of the county's total.

In addition, where the village of Taos Ski Valley has a population density of 29.51 people per square mile [11.39 people/km²], Taos County averages 14.95 people per square mile [5.77 people/km²].

For more information, please visit our Census Page for Taos County.

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Taos Ski Valley, they start by specifying the boundaries of the area to be counted. This area (or sampling area) is a polygon and its shape can be quite complex - it may or may not match the geographical boundaries of Taos Ski Valley. It's important to note that from one Census to the next, the shape and location of the polygon can change.

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    • Although we don't have specific information about the shape of the polygon for Taos Ski Valley or how it changed has over time, there is some information that can give us some hints. For example, since the shape of the sampling area is directly related to the shape of the polygon, any change to area probably indicates a new shape for the polygon.
    • If you need precision or details about the methodology of the Census, you should visit the U.S. Census Bureau for a definitive answer.

Location ...

While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Taos Ski Valley, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Taos Ski Valley.

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    • For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
    • Lat:   36.590811°   (or 36°35'26" N)
    • Lon:   -105.437597°   (or -105°26'15" W)
    • For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
    • Lat:   36.597724°   (or 36°35'51" N)
    • Lon:   -105.445051°   (or -105°26'42" W)
    • The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 3,333 feet to the southeast<4> of the location that was used in the 2000 Census.
    • The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) have assigned a unique GNIS identifier (#2413591) to Taos Ski Valley. This identifier also marks a GPS point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Taos Ski Valley. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
    • Lat:   36.590829°   (or 36°35'26" N)
    • Lon:   -105.437910°   (or -105°26'16" W)
    • The GPS location given for the 2010 Census lies 91.9 feet to the east<5> of the point given by the GNIS for Taos Ski Valley. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Taos Ski Valley.

Miscellaneous Information for Taos Ski Valley ...

The Federal government has assigned various identifying codes to each community, county and state. At one time or another, the US Census Bureau has used one (or more) of the following identifiers when referring to either Taos County or the village of Taos Ski Valley:

  • The GNIS Codes ...
    • The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Taos Ski Valley:
    • GNIS ID for Taos Ski Valley: 2413591
    • GNIS ID for Taos County: 933056
    • GNIS ID for State of New Mexico: 897535
  • Misc. Census Codes ...
    • Taos Ski Valley is located in Census Region #4 (the West Region) and Division #8 (the Mountain Division).

For more information about the various Federal identification codes, please visit our Misc Page for Taos Ski Valley.

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The official website for State of New Mexico:

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Footnotes ...

<1>Every year, the US Census Bureau creates a population estimate for the preceeding year. Keep in mind that this value is an estimate and not an actual count. The most recent Census estimate is for the year 2019.
<2>Every 10 years (eg- 1990, 2000, 2010), the US Census Bureau conducts a Constitutionally-mandated count (or enumeration) of people living within the United States. This count is called a Decennial Census. The last Decennial Census was the 2010 Census, with the next one planned for 2020.
<3>If you're interested in how the shape of New Mexico's counties, including Taos, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2010 Census location is 220 degrees and a distance of 3,333 feet.
<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 265 degrees and a distance of 91.9 feet.






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