Santa Fe city, New Mexico

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Santa Fe city, New Mexico

Santa Fe city, New Mexico
Nickname(s):The City Different
- Total:67.947 (2010)
- Density:1.445,7/sq mi (566,2/sq km)
Area code(s):505
Time zone:MST (UTC-7)
Summer Time zone:MDT (UTC-6)
- Total:47 sq mi (121 sq km)
- Land:47 sq mi (120 sq km)
- Water:1 sq mi (1 sq km)
- % water:0,83 %

Quick information summary of the Santa Fe city area.

Santa Fe city is located in the state of New Mexico. It occupies the area of 47 square miles. 1 square miles are water areas and 47 square miles remain for land areas. Center of the Santa Fe city lies at +35.6660385, -105.9737205 coordinates. According to the 2010 Census, there are 67.947 living in the Santa Fe city. The racial makeup shows these 3 races as the most frequent : White (78.9%), Some Other Race (12.76%) and Two or More races (3.73%). Median age is 41 for the males and 46 for the females.

Santa Fe is the capital of New Mexico, the seat of Santa Fe County and the fourth-largest city in the state. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the city has 67,947, while the Santa Fe Metropolitan Statistical Area has 144,170 inhabitants.  The city occupies an area of 37.4 square miles and lies in the Mountain Standard Time Zone.

When it was founded, the full name of the city was “La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asis” (Spanish for “The Royal Town of the Holy Faith of St. Francis of Assisi”) which was later abbreviated to Santa Fe or “Holy Faith.”

The nickname of Santa Fe is “The City Different,” which refers to the city’s characteristic architectural style.

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Statistical data for the Santa Fe city based on the 2010 U.S. Census

Racial makeup

White alone
53,60778.90 %
Black or African American alone
6891.01 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
1,4222.09 %
Asian alone
9801.44 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
470.07 %
Some Other Race alone
8,67012.76 %
Two or More races
2,5323.73 %

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Population break-up based on Counties and Subdivisions in the area

Counties Subdivisions
County (whole county) Santa Fe city part within the County Subdivision (whole subdivision) Santa Fe city part within the Subdivision
Santa Fe County 144.170- Santa Fe city part67.947
Santa Fe CCD 85.892- Santa Fe city part67.829
Santa Fe North CCD 18.320- Santa Fe city part82
Santa Fe South CCD 39.958- Santa Fe city part36

Profile of the Santa Fe city

History of Santa Fe

The area of present-day Santa Fe was originally inhabited by the Tano tribe since at least 1150 A.D. The tribe abandoned the settlement some 200 before the Spanish came. Santa Fe was founded in 1607 or 1609 by a governor of the Province of New Mexico, Don Pedro de Peralta, who built the Palace of Governors. In 1610, Santa Fe became the capital of the province and the Palace of Governors was home to sixty different Spanish governors for the following 200 years. Santa Fe has been a government seat since its founding and it is the oldest capital in the United States. The city remained in the hands of the Spanish until the Mexican War of Independence in 1810. After Mexico won the war, in 1821, Santa Fe became the capital of the Mexican territory of Santa Fe de Nuevo Mexico. Trade was soon established between the city and the United States along what was known as the Santa Fe Trail. United States claimed Santa Fe in 1846 and the city remained under American control ever since.

In early 20th century Santa Fe became somewhat of an art colony, as many artists from all over the United States moved there, probably attracted by the climate and the beautiful landscapes. New Mexico became a US state in 1912, with Santa Fe as its capital. The city entered a new period of prosperity that came with new government employers and new buildings arose around the Plaza.

In 1957, the city established zoning codes that defined two distinct architectural styles that have made the city famous and easily recognizable: Pueblo, with soft, rounded parapets and rough woodwork, and Territorial, characterized by brock coping and milled woodwork.

Hispanic residents always made up for a large portion of the population in the city. However, in the 1980s and 1990s they became a minority for the first time, due to an influx of mostly wealthy newcomers, who soon drove up the cost of housing. Economic difficulties still last as the wages in the city are almost 20 percent below the national average while the cost of living is above the national average.

Geography and Climate

Santa Fe lies in the northern section of the Rio Grande Valley, at the southern end of the Rocky Mountains. Most of the city lies at the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo range, at 7,000 feet above sea level. The climate in the city is semi-arid continental, which means hot summers and chilly, but not freezing winters. Snowfall is not frequent and when it does occur, it’s light and rarely sticks.


In 2010, Santa Fe had 67,947 residents, of which 48.7% were Hispanics or Latinos of any race, 46.2% were non-Hispanic Whites, 2.1% Native Americans, 1.4% Asians and 3.7% from two or more races. The median household income was $40,392 and per capita income was $25,454.


The economy in Santa Fe is based mainly on government and on tourism (the city receives approximately 1.6 million visitors each year). Research is also an important sector, thanks mainly to the proximity of Los Alamos National Laboratory, one of the largest in the USA. Other significant sources of revenue for the city include light manufacturing, retail and healthcare.

The largest employers in Santa Fe are State of New Mexico, Santa Fe School District, U.S. Government, City of Santa Fe, St. Vincent Hospital, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe Opera and College of Santa Fe.

Culture and Attractions

Santa Fe Plaza is a National Historic Landmark, a well-known symbol of Santa Fe and the central gathering place. Most of the city’s cultural and social events take place on or around the Plaza.

Santa Fe is a multicultural city with rich and thriving art scene, designated as a UNESCO Creative City. One of the most famous New Mexico artists was Georgia O’Keeffe, whose work is exhibited in the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe. The city has an extraordinarily large number of galleries, most of which are concentrated in the Canyon Road, east of the Plaza. The city also has a lot of outdoor sculptures.

Santa Fe was attractive for writers as well. Some of the famous authors who were born or lived in the city include Cormac McCarthy, D.H. Lawrence, Douglas Adams, Roger Zelazny, Mary Austin and Rudolfo Anaya.

Some of the most important cultural institutions in Santa Fe include New Mexico Museum of Art, Institute of American Indian Arts, Site Santa Fe, Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Maria Benitez Institute for Spanish Arts and others.


The city has three major high schools, operated by Santa Fe Public schools, and six private college preparatory schools. There are also several charter schools and a number of private elementary schools.

Institutions of higher education in Santa Fe include St. John’s College, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Southwestern College, Santa Fe Community College and the Institute of American Indian Arts.


Santa Fe is served by the Santa Fe Municipal Airport. The nearest major commercial airport is the Albuquerque International Sunport.

Major highways in and around Santa Fe include I-25, U.S. Route 84 and U.S. Route 285. Public transportation is offered by Santa Fe Trails, New Mexico Rail Runner Express, Santa Fe Southern Railway and Amtrak.

Santa Fe has a number of pedestrian, bicycle and equestrian trails, popular equally among the locals and the tourists, such as Dale Ball Trail, Santa Fe River Trail and Santa Fe Rail Trail.

Statistical data for the Santa Fe city

Data Source : US Census Bureau

Racial makeup

White alone
53,60778.90 %
Black or African American alone
6891.01 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
1,4222.09 %
Asian alone
9801.44 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
470.07 %
Some Other Race alone
8,67012.76 %
Two or More races
2,5323.73 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin

Not Hispanic or Latino
34,85851.30 %
Hispanic or Latino
33,08948.70 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin by Race

Not Hispanic or Latino
34,85851.30 %
White alone
31,41290.11 %
Black or African American alone
5301.52 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
8912.56 %
Asian alone
9272.66 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
250.07 %
Some Other Race alone
1820.52 %
Two or More races
8912.56 %
Hispanic or Latino
33,08948.70 %
White alone
22,19567.08 %
Black or African American alone
1590.48 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
5311.60 %
Asian alone
530.16 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
220.07 %
Some Other Race alone
8,48825.65 %
Two or More races
1,6414.96 %

Median Age by Sex

Both sexes

Household Type

Family households
16,12750.56 %
Husband-wife family
10,84867.27 %
Other family
5,27932.73 %
Male householder, no wife present
1,53329.04 %
Female householder, no husband present
3,74670.96 %
Nonfamily households
15,76849.44 %
Householder living alone
12,93482.03 %
Householder not living alone
2,83417.97 %

Geographical and Cultural Features and Landmarks in the Santa Fe city - including Historical Features

Distance is calculated from the Santa Fe city center coordinates

Distance limit:

Random list of Geographic Features located within the radius of 3 miles from the Santa Fe city center


  • Saint Vincent Hospital Heliport [1.64 mi] [2.65 km]


  • Santa Fe Fire Department Station 4 [1.94 mi] [3.12 km]
  • Psychology Library [0.71 mi] [1.15 km]
  • Institute of American Indian Arts Ceramics Studio [0.66 mi] [1.06 km]
  • Institute of American Indian Arts [0.66 mi] [1.06 km]
  • Institute of American Indian Arts Studio [0.66 mi] [1.06 km]
  • Alexis Hall [0.66 mi] [1.06 km]
  • Fogelson Library Southwest Annex/Art Gallery [0.66 mi] [1.06 km]
  • Alumni Hall [0.66 mi] [1.06 km]
  • Center for Academic Development [0.66 mi] [1.06 km]
  • Christian Brothers Residence [0.66 mi] [1.06 km]
  • Benildus Hall [0.66 mi] [1.06 km]
  • Campus Bookstore [0.66 mi] [1.06 km]
  • Saint Michaels Residence Hall [0.66 mi] [1.06 km]
  • John F Kennedy Hall [0.66 mi] [1.06 km]
  • La Salle Hall [0.66 mi] [1.06 km]
  • Martin Luther King Junior Residence Hall [0.66 mi] [1.06 km]
  • Fogelson Library [0.66 mi] [1.06 km]
  • Shellaberger Tennis Center [0.66 mi] [1.06 km]
  • Garson Communication Center [0.66 mi] [1.06 km]
  • Greer Garson Thearte Center [0.66 mi] [1.06 km]
  • Onate Center [0.66 mi] [1.06 km]
  • Fogelson Library Forum/Computer Center [0.91 mi] [1.46 km]
  • Santa Fe County Volunteer Fire Agua Fria District [3.16 mi] [5.09 km]
  • Wheelwright Museum [2.61 mi] [4.19 km]
  • Santa Fe Fire Department Station 5 Santa Fe Fire Training Center [1.38 mi] [2.22 km]
  • Rocky Mountain Emergency Medical Services Santa Fe [0.77 mi] [1.25 km]
  • Museum of International Folk Art [2.69 mi] [4.33 km]
  • Santa Fe Fire Department Station 3 [0.12 mi] [0.2 km]
  • Evans Science Laboratory [3.45 mi] [5.56 km]
  • Meem Library [3.45 mi] [5.56 km]
  • Weigle Hall [3.45 mi] [5.56 km]
  • Peterson Student Center [3.45 mi] [5.56 km]


  • San Isidro Cemetery [2.31 mi] [3.71 km]


  • Agua Fria Census Designated Place [2.31 mi] [3.72 km]


  • Sant Michaels Chapel [0.66 mi] [1.06 km]


  • Saint Vincent Regional Medical Center [1.57 mi] [2.53 km]


  • General Franklin E Miles Park [1 mi] [1.6 km]
  • Southridge Calle Lorca Park [0.83 mi] [1.34 km]
  • Agua Fria Park [3.02 mi] [4.86 km]
  • Gregory Lopez Park [0.15 mi] [0.24 km]

Populated Place

  • Agua Fria [2.84 mi] [4.57 km]

Post Office

  • College Post Office [0.65 mi] [1.05 km]


  • Santa Fe High School [1.14 mi] [1.83 km]
  • Saint Michaels High School [1.67 mi] [2.69 km]
  • Nava Elementary School [1 mi] [1.62 km]
  • De Vargas Junior High School [0.67 mi] [1.07 km]
  • College of Santa Fe [0.66 mi] [1.06 km]
  • Agua Fria Elementary School [1.78 mi] [2.87 km]
  • Martinez School [1.43 mi] [2.3 km]
  • Salazar School [0.28 mi] [0.45 km]
  • Saint Johns College [3.45 mi] [5.56 km]


  • Sun Mountain [3.5 mi] [5.63 km]


  • KSWV-AM (Santa Fe) [1.77 mi] [2.84 km]


  • RG-17358 Water Well [2.06 mi] [3.32 km]
  • RG-9091 Water Well [2.91 mi] [4.68 km]
  • RG-17350 Water Well [3.23 mi] [5.2 km]
  • RG-28465 Water Well [1.02 mi] [1.64 km]
  • RG-656 Water Well [1 mi] [1.6 km]
  • RG-8710 Water Well [1.26 mi] [2.03 km]
  • 10226 Water Well [1.53 mi] [2.47 km]
  • RG-25069 Water Well [1.87 mi] [3 km]
  • RG-17157 Water Well [1.87 mi] [3 km]
  • RG-1148 Water Well [2.84 mi] [4.57 km]
  • RG-14722 Water Well [1.91 mi] [3.07 km]
  • RG-19269 Water Well [3.1 mi] [4.99 km]
  • RG-804 Water Well [1.14 mi] [1.84 km]
  • RG-21541 Water Well [1.85 mi] [2.98 km]
  • RG-17476 Water Well [2.68 mi] [4.32 km]
  • RG-1200 Water Well [2.79 mi] [4.49 km]
  • 10053 Water Well [2.65 mi] [4.26 km]
  • RG-24369 Water Well [1.9 mi] [3.06 km]
  • RG-1604 Water Well [2.12 mi] [3.41 km]
  • RG-12471 Water Well [1.67 mi] [2.69 km]
  • RG-19116 Water Well [1.66 mi] [2.66 km]
  • RG-13528 Water Well [2.32 mi] [3.74 km]
  • RG-647 Water Well [0.93 mi] [1.5 km]
  • 10059 Water Well [0.64 mi] [1.03 km]
  • RG-304 Water Well [0.64 mi] [1.02 km]
  • RG-9990 Water Well [1.98 mi] [3.19 km]
  • RG-2307-10 Water Well [1.21 mi] [1.94 km]
  • RG-24041 Water Well [3.05 mi] [4.91 km]
  • RG-13613 Water Well [1.72 mi] [2.76 km]
  • RG-16043 Water Well [1.5 mi] [2.42 km]
  • RG-9040 Water Well [1.52 mi] [2.44 km]
  • RG-28453 Water Well [0.9 mi] [1.45 km]
  • Rg-20455 Water Well [2.44 mi] [3.93 km]
  • SF-1B Water Well [0.64 mi] [1.04 km]
  • SF-1C Water Well [0.64 mi] [1.04 km]
  • SF-1A Water Well [0.64 mi] [1.04 km]
  • RG-640 Water Well [3.42 mi] [5.5 km]
  • RG-2911 Water Well [2.59 mi] [4.16 km]
  • RG-13657 Water Well [1.98 mi] [3.18 km]
  • RG-1704 Water Well [1.87 mi] [3 km]
  • RG-23806 Water Well [1.76 mi] [2.83 km]
  • RG-1266 Water Well [1.98 mi] [3.18 km]
  • RG-7904 Water Well [0.9 mi] [1.45 km]
  • RG-21017 Water Well [2.27 mi] [3.65 km]
  • RG-19290 Water Well [2.04 mi] [3.28 km]
  • RG-22140 Water Well [2.14 mi] [3.44 km]

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Santa FeAgua Fria87501
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Santa FeCuyamungue87501
Santa FeHyde Park Estates87501
Santa FeJacona87501
Santa FeJaconita87506
Santa FeLa Cienga87505
Santa FeNambe87506, 87501
Santa FeNew Mexico State Capitol87503
Santa FeNew Mexico Tax Rev Dept87509
Santa FePojoaque87501, 87506
Santa FeSan Ildefonso87506
Santa FeSan Ildefonso Pueblo87501, 87506
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Santa FeSeton Village87501
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