Santa Fe Population 2017

Santa Fe is the capital of New Mexico and the fourth-largest city in the state. Interestingly, Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the country.

Santa Fe has an estimated population of 70,000 with a population density of 1,927 people per square mile, or 744 per square kilometer. The larger Santa Fe Metropolitan Statistical Area has a population of 146,000, while the Albuquerque-Santa Fe-Las Vegas CSA has a population of 1.15 million.

Santa Fe Demographics

At the 2010 Census, the racial composition of Santa Fe was:

  • White: 78.9% (non-Hispanic: 46.2%)
  • Native American: 2.1%
  • Asian: 1.4%
  • Two or more races: 3.7%
  • Hispanic or Latino of any race: 48.7%

Santa Fe has a high female-to-male ratio with just 91.7 males for every 100 females, or 89 males for every 100 females aged 18 or over.

Santa Fe currently has a problem with young adults leaving the city for elsewhere in the country, with few returning or coming to settle down. Residents aged 20 through 29 make up just 11% of the population in Santa Fe County, whereas the national average in this age range is 14%, or 16% in Albuquerque.

The city does have a very high concentration of artists and Ph.D.'s -- more than any other city its size. 39% of the city's economy is generated by culture and arts as well. The city also still holds its reputation as a center for healing since its days as a destination for tuberculosis patients, and it has a very high number of Zen centers, New Age institutes, yoga centers, therapists, gurus and churches of all denominations.

Santa Fe History

Santa Fe was originally the site of many Pueblo Indian villages founded between 1050 and 1150. Prior to the 18th century, the Santa Fe River provided water to the people living in the area as it was a year round stream. Today, it is the most endangered river in the United States and only a seasonal waterway.

The first effort to colonize the area came in 1598 under Don Juan de Onate, who established Santa Fe de Nuevo Mexico as a province of New Spain north of present-day Santa Fe. It was in 1607 that the second Spanish governor of New Mexico, Don Pedro de Peralta, founded the new city and made it the capital of the province three years later.

Santa Fe remained Spain's provincial seat, except between 1680 and 1692 when the Pueblo Revolt drove Spaniards out of the area, until the Mexican War of Independence in 1810. In 1836, the Republic of Texas had claimed the city as part of Texas when it seceded from Mexico. Five years later, the Santa Fe Expedition set out to gain control of the area but it was quickly captured by the Mexican government. The U.S. declared war on Mexico in 1846 and 1,700 soldiers marched into the city, claiming it and the New Mexico Territory for the United States. New Mexico became the 47th state in the United States in 1912.

When it became a state, Santa Fe had just 5,000 people. The town designers imagined there would be limited growth in the future with a scarce supply of water and imagined suburbs developing on the outskirts.

Santa Fe Facts

  • Santa Fe means "holy faith" in Spanish.
  • Santa Fe's full name when it was founded: La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asis
  • An ordinance passed in 1957 requires new and rebuilt buildings exhibit a Spanish Territorial or Pueblo style of architecture
  • Santa Fe was founded 13 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.
  • Santa Fe is home to the oldest house and the oldest church in the United States
  • The obelisk in the center of the Santa Fe Plaza is the Indian War Memorial Monument. Erected in the 1860s, it honors Federal troops killed in fights with Confederate forces and Native Americans. While the original inscription referenced "savage Indians," a man in the 1970s chiseled away the word "savage."
Year Population Change
2015 84,099 23.80%
2010 67,947 9.20%
2000 62,203 11.40%
1990 55,859 13.60%
1980 49,160 19.40%
1970 41,167 23.30%
1960 33,394 19.30%
1950 27,998 37.80%
1940 20,325 81.90%
1930 11,176 54.40%
1920 7,236 42.70%
1910 5,072 -9.50%
1900 5,603 -9.40%
1890 6,185 -6.80%
1880 6,635 39.20%
1870 4,765 2.80%
1860 4,635 -4.40%
1850 4,846 0.00%

Santa Fe Race Data

Race Population Percentage
White 58,459 84.42%
Black or African American 731 1.06%
American Indian and Alaska Native 1,253 1.81%
Asian 1,190 1.72%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 33 0.05%
Some Other Race 5,345 7.72%
Two or More Races 2,234 3.23%

Population Pyramid

Santa Fe Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Total Housing Units 41,460
Owner-Occupied Units 21,876
Renter-Occupied Units 13,716
Median Home Value $259,600
Median Rent $952
Vacancy Rate 14.2%
Houses With Mortgage 13,682
Houses Without Mortgage 8,194
Median Number of Rooms (per House) 5.1

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Santa Fe for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 5.3% and the labor force participation rate is 65.3%.

Santa Fe Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size 2.29
Average Family Size 3.07
Married Couple Families 12,929
Male Householder (no wife) Families 1,793
Female Householder (no husband) Families 4,437
Non Family Households
Unmarried Martner Households (Opposite Sex) 6.6%
Unmarried Martner Households (Same Sex) 1.1%