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About Los Alamos, New Mexico
People in Los Alamos
The 18,000 people who live in Los Alamos County represent the most internationally diverse population in the State of New Mexico. The work of the national laboratory means that there is a constant exchange of people. There are two communities in the County: the town of Los Alamos and the community of White Rock. Lands belonging to the San Ildefonso and Santa Clara Pueblos, sovereign Native American tribes, are located within and adjacent to Los Alamos County.
Location of Los Alamos
Los Alamos is a 45 minute drive to Santa Fe, New Mexico, a city with an international reputation for southwest culture, arts, and cuisine. Los Alamos is also within 45 miles of eight Indian Pueblos. Los Alamos has the dual benefit of small town living coupled with close proximity to a diverse variety of cultural and entertainment possibilities.
Los Alamos Setting & Climate
Los Alamos is situated on the Pajarito Plateau on the eastern flank of the Jemez Mountains. The 13 mile wide Valles Caldera is the collapsed center of the volcano rimmed by peaks that can exceed 11,000 feet. At 7,500 feet, Los Alamos is in the transition between the mountain peaks above, and the Rio Grande River valley below — which bottoms out at about 5,400 feet. Owing to the altitude, temperatures rarely exceed 90 degrees. Average yearly precipitation is about 19 inches while the average winter snowfall is 14 inches in town and over 100 inches a year on Pajarito Mountain, the local ski area.