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Santa Fe is a city in Santa Fe County.

It is the state capital and the county seat.

The community name derives from Spanish for "holy faith"

The latitude of Santa Fe is 35.686N. The longitude is -105.937W.

It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 6,995 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 66,476.

Median household income
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Santa Fe demographic reports
Santa Fe is on the Santa Fe River, in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains
Founded in 1609 on the ruins of an Indian pueblo. American troops took the city without shedding blood during the Mexican War
The city's low skyline profile traces to a 1957 city law limiting construction to traditional adobe architectural styles in the Historic Zone
Public transportation: Santa Fe Trails - City of Santa Fe (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 387. The number of murders and homicides was 9. The violent crime rate was 5.9 per 1,000 people.
Rated No. 1 on Healthy Cities list, by Organic Style magazine, September/October 2003
Local foods: Christmas burrito - half covered in green chile and the other half covered in red
Filming location for:
· 2000 movie, "All the Pretty Horses"
· 1999 movie, "Wild Wild West"
· 2007 movie, "3:10 to Yuma"
· 2005 movie, "Rent"
Well-known residents have included:
· Georgia O?Keeffe, artist
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Spanish Market & Fiestas - July 28-29, 2007
  • Santa Fe County Fair - July 29-Aug. 5, 2007
  • Harvest Festival - Oct. 6-7, 2007
  • Santa Fe Film Festival - Dec. 5-9, 2007
  • Ethnographic Art Show - Aug. 10-12, 2007
  • Santa Fe Indian Market - Aug. 18-19, 2007
  • Summer Festival, Frontier Days and Peruvian Paso Horses - Aug. 3-5, 2007
  • Santa Fe Traditional & Bluegrass Music Festival - Aug. 24-26, 2007
  • Rodeo de Santa Fe - June 20-23, 2007
  • Sun Mountain Gathering - Oct. 6, 2007
Dates often change. Check Santa Fe web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Santa Fe Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe Community Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Hyde Memorial State Park, Santa Fe National Forest, Amelia White Park
Public spaces: Santa Fe Plaza
Historic routes: Santa Fe Trail, El Camino Real, Route 66
Historic sites and museums: Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Palace of the Governors, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe Children's Museum, Museum Hill, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
Colleges and universities: College of Santa Fe, Saint John's College, Santa Fe Community College, Southwestern College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 201
Santa Fe is the artiest, sculpturest, weaviest and potteryest town on earth?
-- Journeys
Jan Morris

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Santa Fe demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Santa Fe County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Santa Fe area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 87505 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

10% of Santa Fe residents report German ancestry, and 8% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Santa Fe ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Santa Fe was $25,454, compared with $21,587 nationally.


40% of Santa Fe residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

Fairs, festivals & other events
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Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.

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Historic districts in Santa Fe include Barrio de Analco Historic District, Camino del Monte Sol Historic District, Don Gaspar Historic District, Santa Fe Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Santa Fe, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $644.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,177.


Libraries in Santa Fe include Library Bookstop, New Mexico State Library, Oliver La Farge Library, Pojoaque Pueblo Library, Santa Fe Public Library, Vista Grande Public Library ... View libraries


Media outlets

Newspapers in Santa Fe include Santa Fe New Mexican

TV stations in Santa Fe include KASA, KCHF, KWBQ.

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Santa Fe County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Santa Fe political report.

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Santa Fe restaurants taking online reservations include BALEENsantafe, El Farol, Geronimo, La Cantina, La Casa Sena, Los Mayas, Senor Lucky's at the Palace, The Old House Restaurant, Trattoria Nostrani, Tulips ... View restaurants


The average commute time for Santa Fe workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 16 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Santa Fe between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.6 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.


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Jan Morris

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