Pojoaque, New Mexico
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.
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
Median Household Income: $42,700
Median Home Value: $105,100
Median Resident Age: 34.5 Years
Construction, Educational Services, Professional Services, Entertainment & Recreation, Government, Retail Trade
Unemployed (August 2014): 5.0%
|Population by Age|
|18 & over||1,380|
|65 & over||202|
|Population by Ethnicity|
|Hispanic or Latino||1,294|
|Non Hispanic or Latino||613|
|Population by Race|
|Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||2|
|Two or more||96|