Tesuque, New Mexico

Coordinates: 35°44′46″N 105°55′20″W / 35.74611°N 105.92222°W / 35.74611; -105.92222
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Tesuque, New Mexico
Camel Rock
Camel Rock
Location of Tesuque, New Mexico
Location of Tesuque, New Mexico
Tesuque, New Mexico is located in the United States
Tesuque, New Mexico
Tesuque, New Mexico
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 35°44′46″N 105°55′20″W / 35.74611°N 105.92222°W / 35.74611; -105.92222
CountryUnited States
StateNew Mexico
CountySanta Fe
 • Total5.66 sq mi (14.65 km2)
 • Land5.66 sq mi (14.65 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
6,759 ft (2,060 m)
 • Total1,094
 • Density193.35/sq mi (74.66/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code505
FIPS code35-77040
GNIS feature ID0918382
Pueblo of Tesuque
Tesuque, New Mexico is located in New Mexico
Tesuque, New Mexico
Tesuque, New Mexico is located in the United States
Tesuque, New Mexico
Nearest citySanta Fe, New Mexico
Area12.6 acres (5.1 ha)
Built1694 (1694)
NRHP reference No.73001149[3]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJuly 16, 1973
Designated NMSRCPNovember 22, 1971

Tesuque /təˈski/ (Tewa: Tetsʼúgéh Ówîngeh / Tetsugé Oweengé [tèʔts’úgé ʔówîŋgè])[citation needed] is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, United States. It is part of the Santa Fe, New Mexico, Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 909 at the 2000 census. The area is separate from but located near Tesuque Pueblo, a member of the Eight Northern Pueblos, and the Pueblo people are from the Tewa ethnic group of Native Americans who speak the Tewa language. The pueblo was listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[3]


Tesuque is located at 35°44′46″N 105°55′20″W / 35.74611°N 105.92222°W / 35.74611; -105.92222 (35.746069, -105.922108).[4] According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.0 square miles (18 km2), all land. Camel Rock is a distinctive rock formation. The landmark is along U.S. Routes 84/285 across from the Camel Rock Studios owned by Tesuque Pueblo.[5]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[6][2]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 909 people, 455 households, and 249 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 130.6 inhabitants per square mile (50.4/km2). There were 541 housing units at an average density of 77.7 per square mile (30.0/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 75.25% White, 0.44% African American, 0.44% Native American, 0.77% Asian, 18.37% from other races, and 4.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 35.64% of the population.

There were 455 households, out of which 16.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.5% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.1% were non-families. 38.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.00 and the average family size was 2.61.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 14.7% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 41.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $36,029, and the median income for a family was $80,043. Males had a median income of $43,833 versus $42,650 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $52,473. About 7.3% of families and 12.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 29.5% of those age 65 or over.


It is within Santa Fe Public Schools.[8]

It is zoned to Tesuque Elementary School, Milagro Middle School, and Santa Fe High School.[9]

Notable people[edit]

Cultural references[edit]

Tesuque is mentioned in Willa Cather's 1927 novel Death Comes for the Archbishop, Book Nine Chapter 1.

There is a passing mention of Tesuque in chapter 6 of the 1932 novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

Tesuque is mentioned in the 1966 novel The Last Gentleman by Walker Percy.

Michael Tobias' 2005 novel, The Adventures of Marigold, is set in Tesuque.

Tesuque is also mentioned in the 2016 Stuart Woods novel "Dishonorable Intentions".

In the final episode of the crime drama series Breaking Bad, the characters Elliott and Gretchen Schwartz live in a new mansion in Tesuque.

In the penultimate episode of the second season of the animated comedy drama series BoJack Horseman, BoJack visits Charlotte Moore who lives in Tesuque in a feeble attempt to rekindle an old romance with her.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 12, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Census Population API". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Oct 12, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ Sakoui, Anousha (2020-03-13). "Native Americans have long been Hollywood outsiders. That's changing in New Mexico". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Santa Fe County, NM" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2021-07-20.
  9. ^ "School Zone Maps". Santa Fe Public Schools. Retrieved 2021-07-22.
  10. ^ ABQ Journal September 25, 2007
  11. ^ Burlingame, Jon (December 23, 2017). "Dominic Frontiere, Composer for 'The Outer Limits,' 'The Flying Nun,' Dies at 86". Variety. ISSN 0042-2738.
  12. ^ "Dominic Frontiere Obituary". Los Angeles Times. December 23, 2017.
  13. ^ Limon, Enrique (January 22, 2014). "City, Different". San Francisco Reporter. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  14. ^ "El Mitote, April 7, 2013". Santafenewmexican.com. Retrieved 29 November 2017.

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