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New Mexico Counties

There is thirty-three counties in the state of New Mexico. There were originally nine counties formed in 1852. Santa Ana County, New Mexico Territory, one of the nine original counties, was annexed in 1876 to Bernalillo County, New Mexico.

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Taos County, New Mexico

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Taos County is a county located in the state of New Mexico. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 32,937. Its county seat is Taos. The county was formed in 1852 as one of the original nine counties in New Mexico Territory.

Taos County comprises the Taos, NM Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Taos County Name

Taos is an ancient Indian Village built several hundred years ago.

Demographics:

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Taos County History

Taos County was created 9 January 1852. Taos is the county seat of Taos County. Taos is an ancient Indian Village built several hundred years ago. This beautiful county is the center for artists and professional people. Tourism is a major commercial activity. Kit Carson loved the area. He lived there several years.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,204 square miles (5,710 km2), of which 2,203 square miles (5,710 km2) is land and 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2) (0.06%) 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 US county outside of Colorado, even though it ranks only 22nd overall. Taos County contains 17 of New Mexico's highest 25 peaks.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Rio Arriba County - west
  • Mora County - southeast
  • Colfax County - east
  • Costilla County, Colorado - north
  • Conejos County, Colorado - northwest

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