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Overview

Introduction to Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe is located in Santa Fe County and is the capital of New Mexico. Santa Fe is situated in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The city is a major tourist area, especially the historic downtown which includes the prominent Santa Fe Plaza. The town is well known as a primary center for museums as well as the arts, especially Canyon Road.

Interesting architecture and sculptures can be seen all over the town. The area is also well known for its beautiful scenery and active nightlife scene. Santa Fe is home to a vast amount of fairs, celebrations and festivals. Historic Native American ruins and a large number of American Indian pueblos are located in the area.

History

a large number of Pueblo Indian villages were established in the area from the years 1050 to 1150. Santa Fe was established in 1515 as the capital of Nuevo Mexico and recognized as a province of Spain. The city continued to serve as the capital for Spain until the Mexican War of Independence began in 1810. In 1824 the city was established as the capital of the Mexican territory known as Santa Fe de Nuevo Mexico.

In 1841 a military and trading group located in Austin Texas attempted to take charge of the Santa Fe Trail. The group known as the Santa Fe Expedition was easily defeated by Mexican soldiers. The government of the United States declared war with Mexico in 1846. The city was taken over by an American army and Santa Fe along with the entire New Mexico Territory was claimed by the United States. In 1848 the region officially became part of the United States due to the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

Transportation

The city is home to the Santa Fe Municipal Airport. The Santa Fe Trails provides numerous bus routes throughout the city. The Santa Fe Southern Railroad is primarily for tourists.

Museums

Santa Fe is home to numerous prominent museums. Most are situated downtown, however Museum Hill, located south of downtown also features some noteworthy locations.

  • New Mexico Museum of Art
  • Institute of American Indian Arts Museum
  • George O'Keeffe Museum
  • The History Museum
  • Site Santa Fe

Attractions

  • Santa Fe Plaza
  • Old Santa Fe Trail
  • Bandelier National Monument
  • Palace of the Governors
  • Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi
  • New Mexico State Capital
  • Loretto Chapel
  • San Miguel Mission
  • Santuario de Guadalupe
  • Scottish Rite Temple
  • Pecos National Historical Park
  • Bataan Memorial Military Museum and Library

Outdoor Activities

Santa Fe is popular for a wide variety of outdoor activities including skiing in the Rocky Mountains, hiking, bicycle riding and fishing. The Santa Fe National Forest is a popular area for outdoor fun.

People

Total Population 83,008
Male Share of the Population 47.5%
Female Share of the Population 52.5%
Senior Citizens 18.3%
Employed Population 16+ 40,418
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 41.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 40.4%
Median Earnings25+ $32,008
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,492
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,221

Wealth

Median Family Income $60,301
% Above Poverty Level 82.4%
% Below Poverty Level 17.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 7.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 37.6%
Median Gross Rent $952
Median House Value $259,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 60%
US/American 0%
English 7.5%
Irish 6.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Santa Fe Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 57 miles NE of Albuquerque, New Mexico
County Santa Fe
Metro Area Santa Fe
Standard Zip Codes 87501, 87505, 87506, 87507, 87508, 87540
P.O. Box Zip Codes 87502, 87504, 87592, 87594
Company Zip Codes 87503, 87509
Phone Area Codes 505
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.686
Longitude -105.937

Santa Fe Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station SANTA FE 2
Distance 5.5 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 43 F
Apr Temp 32 to 64 F
Jul Temp 54 to 86 F
Oct Temp 35 to 66 F
Annual Precip 14.2 inches
Station PECOS NATIONAL MONUMENT
Distance 17.1 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 47 F
Apr Temp 31 to 63 F
Jul Temp 53 to 85 F
Oct Temp 34 to 67 F
Annual Precip 17.4 inches
Station GASCON
Distance 31.1 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 43 F
Apr Temp 27 to 55 F
Jul Temp 45 to 75 F
Oct Temp 30 to 61 F
Annual Precip 24.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Santa Fe, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Hyde Park Estates (87501)

Jacona (87501)

La Cienga (87505)

Nambe (87506, 87501)

Pojoaque Valley (87501)

Seton Village (87501)

Tesuque Pueblo (87501)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Los Alamos 11,815 $128,075
Pecos 1,409 $45,375

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Santa Fe Public Libraries

Library
Santa Fe Public Library
145 WASHINGTON AVENUE
Santa Fe, New Mexico
(505) 955-6780
Pojoaque Pueblo Public Library
37 CAMINO DEL RINCON SUITE #2
Santa Fe, New Mexico
(505) 455-7511
Vista Grande Public Library
14 AVENIDA TORREON
Santa Fe, New Mexico
(505) 466-7323

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Santa Fe Hospitals

SANTA FE PHS INDIAN HOSPITAL
(Government - Federal)
1700 CERRILLOS ROAD
(505) 988-9821
Emergency Service: Yes

ST VINCENT HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
455 ST MICHAEL'S DRIVE
(505) 983-3361
Emergency Service: Yes

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Santa Fe High Schools

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SANTA FE HIGH
2100 YUCCA ROAD
505-989-5507
Serves 1,833 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

CAPITAL HIGH
4851 PASEO DEL SOL
505-989-5562
Serves 1,233 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

POJOAQUE HIGH
1574 STATE ROAD 502
505-455-2234
Serves 659 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

MONTE DEL SOL CHARTE
4157 WALKING RAIN RD.
505-670-6807
A Charter School.
Serves 304 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.8

ACAD TECH. & CLASSIC
2395 RICHARDS AVENUE
505-474-1787
A Charter School.
Serves 190 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.3

THE ACADEMY
2516 CERRILLOS RD.
505-982-2631
A Non-traditional School
Serves 166 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

SF COUNTY JDC
4250 AIRPORT RD
505-982-2631
A Non-traditional School
Serves 112 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 37.3

LA NUEVA VIDA
512 SIERRA VISTA
505-473-0428
A Special Education School
Serves 52 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.6

HOMEBOUND/HOSPITAL
1300 SIERRA VISTA
505-954-2003
A Non-traditional School
Serves 7 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 70

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