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Placitas, NM
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Living in Placitas


Placitas is a somewhat small town located in the state of New Mexico. With a population of 5,041 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Placitas is the 44th largest community in New Mexico.

Placitas home prices are not only among the most expensive in New Mexico, but Placitas real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Placitas is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 90.21% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Placitas is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Placitas who work in office and administrative support (13.56%), management occupations (13.11%), and sales jobs (11.40%).

Of important note, Placitas is also a town of artists. Placitas has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Placitas’s character.

Also of interest is that Placitas has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 14.26% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

In addition, Placitas is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Overall, Placitas’s crime rate is one of the lowest in the nation, which makes a great place to live if safety is an important concern.

Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Placitas is worth considering.

One downside of living in Placitas is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Placitas, the average commute to work is 32.32 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Placitas, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Placitas is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 58.49% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Placitas in 2018 was $54,627, which is wealthy relative to New Mexico and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $218,508 for a family of four.

Placitas is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Placitas home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Placitas residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Placitas also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 19.20% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Placitas include English, Irish, German, Polish, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Placitas is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.