Taos, NM
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Taos is a somewhat small town located in the state of New Mexico. With a population of 5,740 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Taos is the 39th largest community in New Mexico.

Taos real estate is some of the most expensive in New Mexico, although Taos house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Taos is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 87.87% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Taos is a town of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Taos who work in sales jobs (11.13%), art, media, and design (9.57%), and teaching (9.41%).

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

A relatively large number of people in Taos telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.60% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

One of the benefits of Taos is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 13.03 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

In terms of college education, Taos is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 33.42% of adults in Taos have a college degree.

The per capita income in Taos in 2010 was $20,932, which is upper middle income relative to New Mexico, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $83,728 for a family of four.

Taos is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Taos home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Taos, accounting for 47.52% of the town’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Taos residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Taos include German, English, European, and Italian.

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

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