City of Santa Fe, NM
Santa Fe is located in Santa Fe County in New Mexico. The median income is $50,446 and the median home value is $297,100. The unemployment rate is 9.92% compared to 7.9% for the U.S. as a whole. Workers commute an average of 18.4 minutes each day. The population is 86.6% White, 1.0% Black, 1.1% American Indian, 1.6% Asian, and 9.8% identify as some other race or ethnicity. For more on the schools, healthcare, and getting around in Santa Fe, see each of the tabs below. For those people interested in the walkability of a community, Santa Fe has a Walk Score® of 36.
Median Household Income$50,446
Median Home Price$297,100
In Santa Fe, there’s no easy answer for the question, “What is the local culture?” A perfunctory glance at a tourism brochure or a summer events calendar reveals exhibitions, celebrations and performances born of more traditions than there are colors in a New Mexico sunset. Southeast Santa Fe is home to the rich Museum District, where pieces of New Mexico’s heritage are preserved and displayed, safe from the corrosion of memory in their glass cases and elaborate exhibits.
Tired of festivals? Try a fiesta! Santa Fe's Fiestas de Santa Fe has been running every autumn for 298 years to honor Don Diego de Vargas, a former governor of New Mexico, and his reoccupation of Santa Fe in 1692. The three-day event is proceeded by a week of pre-Fiesta activities, and the Fiesta officially begins with the de Vargas Mass.
Santa Fe's art scene has something for everyone. For a little local culture, head to the Museum District, where pieces of the city's history are displayed in various exhibits. Move a little south and visitors will find the Museum of International Folk Art, which houses America's largest collection of Spanish colonial and Hispanic folk art. More can be found in the city's impressive number of galleries – over 300 – including the Georgia O'Keefe Museum.
If you’re new to Santa Fe, be prepared to build up a tolerance to chiles. Otherwise, your mouth will be permanently on fire – or you just won’t eat. Regional cuisine is varied and constantly evolving, but it wouldn’t be New Mexican without those little red and green chiles. So revered are the powerful peppers, the city even holds festivals in their honor. The Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta at the Santa Fe Opera grounds and The Really Chile Festival at Santa Fe Plaza roll around every fall after harvest time, and tickets are a hot item (no pun intended).
Santa Fe is not Spanish for “the great outdoors,” but it might as well be. New Mexico’s capital city, nestled up against the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, is a playground for sun lovers 12 months a year. The nearby Santa Fe National Forest is crisscrossed by 1,000 miles of trails – plenty to keep even the most avid hiker occupied for weeks, if not years. The high-desert terrain of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is also appealing to mountain bikers and climbers.
Be a good sport? That's easy to do in Santa Fe, where the Recreation Department oversees four large recreational facilities, as well as sports leagues, camps and clinics.