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 85.29% 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 office and administrative support (10.42%), sales jobs (9.04%), and teaching (8.45%).

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.

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

A relatively large number of people in Taos telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.79% 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.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Taos spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 14.42 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Taos citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 32.94% of adults in Taos have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Taos in 2010 was $20,583, 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 $82,332 for a family of four.

Taos is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Taos home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Taos residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Taos also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 47.58% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Taos include English, German, Italian, and French .

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

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