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Elevation is an important geographical statistic to consider when looking at any town, city, or other key location around the world. Elevation is most commonly measured and presented in feet or meters and has a variety of logistical uses, as well as having a strong effect on an area’s climate. The elevation of Farmington is 5,395 feet (1,644 m), which is very high compared to many other cities and towns around the United States, especially those in coastal regions which are usually situated at elevations lower than 500 feet (152 m).
The average elevation in the United States is 2,500 feet (760 m), so Farmington’s elevation is over twice as high as the national average. The average elevation in the state of New Mexico, however, is 5,700 feet (1,740 m). So, when compared to the state average, Farmington is actually lower than many other locations around NM. New Mexico is actually the fourth highest overall in terms of elevation, trailing only Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah. The highest point in New Mexico is Wheeler Peak, which has an elevation of 13,167 feet (4013.3 m). The state's lowest point is the Red Bluff Reservoir, situated on the Texas-New Mexico border, which has an elevation of 2,844 feet (867 m).
The highest city in all of New Mexico is Taos Ski Valley, a small ski resort town in Taos County, which has a base elevation of 9,207 feet (2,806 m) and can reach heights of up to 12,581 feet (3,835 m), with multiple homes being situated above 10,000 feet (3,048). Major cities around the state include the capital of Santa Fe, which has a high elevation of 7,199 feet (2,194 m), Albuquerque, which has an elevation of 5312 feet (1619 m) and Las Cruces, which has an elevation of 3,900 feet (1,200 m).