Taos : New mexico

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What it's Like to Retire in Taos

An artsy and entertaining town, Taos is a historical town in northern New Mexico and not too far from Santa Fe. Pueblo Indians lived here 500 years ago, followed by the Spanish in the 1500s and white settlers in the late 1800s. Taos has been home to a long line of famous artists and writers, from Georgia O'Keeffe to Thornton Wilder. It has held onto its liberal roots after being a hippie hangout spot in the 60s and 70s.
Photo of Taos plaza and Hotel La Fonda courtesy of Wiikipedia and Zeality. Photo of Taos Puebla thanks to Wikipedia and Bobak Ha'Eri.
 

Where to Retire in Taos and Home Prices

There is a co-housing retirement community in Taos (see Active Communities link at right).  The median list price of a home in Taos was $345,000 in mid-2015.  There are a number of vacation homes that some people retire to.

 

What is special about Taos

The mountains and the skiing and hiking are spectacular - and so is the art scene. The combination of altitude and latitude make for a delightful climate - never too hot or too cold.
 

What is not special about Taos

Real estate is expensive.  Crime rate is almost double the national average.
 

Who will like retirement in Taos

Outdoorsy and arts people will like Taos. The population is about 50% Anglo and 50% Hispanic.
 

Local economy is driven by

Tourism.
 

Climate and Physical Environment

Taos is in northern New Mexico, north of Santa Fe.  The average January temp is in the mid-20's and the average July temp is in the high 60's.
 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Taos has a branch of the University of New Mexico;  Taos Plaza is the centerpiece of the downtown historic district;  there are three Art Museums in Taos: Harwood Museum of Art, Taos Art Museum and Millicent Rogers Museum provide art from the pueblo Native Americans, Taos Society of Artists and modern and contemporary artists of the Taos art colony; there are more than eighty art galleries in Taos. there are several local venues for the performing arts in Taos; the Taos Center for the Arts (TCA) draws nationally renowned and local performers at the Taos Community Auditorium.

 

Crime

The crime rate is not quite double the national average, but is almost all minor property related crime.
 

Medical facilities

Holy Cross Hospital serves the community.
 

Transportation

Taos Regional Airport has 1 runway and mostly air taxi operations.   Nearby Albuquerque is the biggest nearby airport.
 

Valuable Links

Town of Taos
Wikipedia page on Taos

 

What people are saying about Taos

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Facts about TAOS
  • State: NM
  • Environment: Cultural Center,Resort Community,
  • City Population: Less than 10,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 20,001-40,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $300,001-$500,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Cost of Living Index: 121+ (very high)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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