Best Places to Live

Santa Fe, NM

Population: 84,888

The best way we can describe Santa Fe is to say that it’s across-the-board consistent in comparison to the other 49 – which is a good thing in terms of this data. Unlike some cities where they are only strong in several data points, Santa Fe ranks in the top 25-30 for most, and in the top 10 for high wage job growth, and the top 5 for percent of residents with health care. Our translation? Santa Fe is a stable, diverse area, that’s still reasonably affordable, and poised for big growth.  It’s also been featured on our 10 Best Foodie Cities and 10 Best Cities for Historic Preservation.