Pojoaque, New Mexico

Overpass on the highway near Buffalo Thunder Resort
Overpass on the highway near Buffalo Thunder Resort

Pojoaque CDP is part of the Pojoque Pueblo Reservaton, about halfway between Santa Fe and Espanola. It's in Pojoaque that NM Highway 14 heads west, crosses the Rio Grande and makes the climb up through the canyon to Los Alamos. It's also in Pojoaque that the tribe blockaded US Highways 84/285 when the state started waffling over allowing the tribe to build a casino on their own land... and now there are a couple casinos, big ones. The biggest is the Buffalo Thunder Resort, a $250 million project that opened its doors in August, 2008.

"Pojoaque" means "the water drinking or gathering place" in Tewa. Pojoaque Pueblo is one of the six Tewa-speaking pueblos in the Eight Northern Pueblos. The original pueblo was founded around 500 CE and reached its peak in population and influence just about the time the Spanish first arrived. The San Francisco de Pojoaque mission was built in the mid-1600's but the whole pueblo was abandoned during the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. The site was resettled around 1706 but the population grew slowly until a severe smallpox epidemic hit in 1900. The pueblo was abandoned again until 1934 and became a federally-recognized Indian Reservation in 1936.

The population of Pojoaque is up more than 50% since 2000.

Fast Facts about Pojoaque, New Mexico
Pojoaque, Santa Fe County, NM 87501
Latitude: 35.890581°N
Longitude: 106.009511°W
Elevation: 5,853'

High School or Higher: 74.4%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 17.6%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 7.0%
Cost of Living Index for Pojoaque: 94.7

2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $42,700
Median Home Value: $105,100
Median Resident Age: 34.5 Years
Major Industries:
Construction, Educational Services, Professional Services, Entertainment & Recreation, Government, Retail Trade
Unemployed (August 2014): 5.0%
Population Demographics: 2010
Total Population 1,907
Males 946
Females 961
Population by Age
Under 18 527
18 & over 1,380
20-24 124
25-34 261
35-49 398
50-64 343
65 & over 202
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino 1,294
Non Hispanic or Latino 613
Population by Race
White 957
African-American 15
Asian 8
Native American 339
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 2
Other 490
Two or more 96