Best Places to Live

Santa Fe, NM

Population: 84,888
LIV
SCORE
606

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Distinctive adobe architecture, art galleries galore, a love for margaritas, scenic desert vistas plus a ski mountain — Santa Fe has certainly earned its nickname “A City Different.” This New Mexico city embraces and inspires creators of all kinds. Unique festivals fill up the calendar, like the International Folk Art Market in July, the Indian Market in August, and the Burning of Zozobra in September. Come the holiday season, enjoy the magical glow of the farolitos that light up the city.

Top Industries and Employers: Healthcare, higher education, government and tourism make up a diverse economy in Santa Fe. 

Best Coffee Shop: Iconik Coffee Roasters, which has its own $20 a month coffee subscription for its most devout fans.

Best Local Beer/Brewery: An oldie but a goodie, Santa Fe Brewing Co. was the original craft brewery in New Mexico.

Must-Have Meal: A “Christmas-style” burrito that’s smothered with both red and green chile.

Best Co-Working Space: Co-Fe, which is located in a restored elementary school.

Best Meetup Spot (When Meeting Up Is a Thing Again): Anywhere along the famous Margarita Trail.

Creative Hub: Meow Wolf, an art-meets-science fiction fantasyland.

Favorite Weekend Activity: Slip away to Ten Thousand Waves, a Japanese-inspired spa with outdoor soaking tubs. 

Free Way to Have Fun: Peruse the Santa Fe Farmers Market, which is open every Saturday of the year and has additional mid-week markets during the spring, summer and fall. 

Local Dream Job: A Canyon Road gallery owner.
 

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- Brittany Anas

"Sunrises, sunsets, mountains, deserts, skiing, fishing, history, art and cool, kind people. Need more? If you like any of the above you’ll find kindred spirits here in a live-and-let-live environment of tolerance and creativity."

Alan Webber
Mayor of Santa Fe

Santa Fe, NM Ranking Data

Civic
50
Demographics
33
Economy
41
Education
69
Health
51
Housing
58
Infrastructure
64