Taos County, New Mexico

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Taos County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Mexico. As of 2000, the population was 29,979. Its county seat is Taos.[1]



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,205 square miles (5,706.182287 km²), of which 2,203 square miles (5,706 km²) is land and 1 square mile (3.760596 km²) (0.07%) is water.

The highest point in the county is the summit of Wheeler Peak at 13,161 feet (4,011 m). This is also the highest natural point in the state of New Mexico. The county has the highest mean elevation of any U.S. county outside of Colorado, even though it ranks only 22nd overall.[2]

Adjacent counties

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As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 29,979 people, 12,675 households, and 7,757 families residing in the county. The population density was 14 people per square mile (5.2537/km²).[4] There were 17,404 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3.0500/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 63.77% White, 0.35% Black or African American, 6.59% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 24.84% from other races, and 3.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 57.94% of the population.[3]

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