Tajique, New Mexico

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Tajique is a census-designated place (CDP) in Torrance County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 148 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Tajique is located at 34°45′22″N 106°17′17″W / 34.75611°N 106.28806°W / 34.75611; -106.28806 (34.756005, -106.288042)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²), all of it land.


Tajique was originally a Tigua pueblo. The name Tajique may have been derived from the Tiwa name Tush-yit-yay. The original date of settlement is unknown. In the early 17th century, Tajique served as the seat of the San Miguel Mission. After an Apache raid in 1674, the inhabitants of the Quarai pueblo joined the Tajique pueblo, doubling the population to over 600 residents. In 1675, a subsequent Apache raid forced the abandonment of the Tajique pueblo.[2]

The Trigo Fire of 2007 forced the evacuation of Tajique, destroying several structures north and west of the town. In June 2008, the town was once again evacuated due to fire.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 148 people, 48 households, and 39 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 54.7 people per square mile (21.1/km²). There were 63 housing units at an average density of 23.3/sq mi (9.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 58.78% White, 2.03% Native American, 37.84% from other races, and 1.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 79.05% of the population.

There were 48 households out of which 41.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 20.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.7% were non-families. 12.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.08 and the average family size was 3.28.

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