Santa Fe, New Mexico Population 2024

90,420

Santa Fe is a city located in Santa Fe County New Mexico. Santa Fe has a 2024 population of 90,420. It is also the county seat of Santa Fe County.Santa Fe is currently growing at a rate of 0.79% annually and its population has increased by 3.07% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 87,724 in 2020.

The average household income in Santa Fe is $95,734 with a poverty rate of 13.72%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Santa Fe is 44.5 years, 42.7 years for males, and 46.3 years for females.

Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the country. 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 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."

Santa Fe was formerly the site of many Pueblo Indian villages founded between 1050 and 1150. Before 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 the Mexican government quickly captured it. 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 Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Santa Fe was:

  • White: 68.22%
  • Two or more races: 16.2%
  • Other race: 10.54%
  • Native American: 1.88%
  • Asian: 1.71%
  • Black or African American: 1.32%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.13%
Land Area (mi²)
52.2 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,731.10/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
3.07% (2,696)
The current population of Santa Fe, New Mexico is 90,420 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 87,724.

Santa Fe, New Mexico Population 2024

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Santa Fe Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White59,77568.22%
Two or more races14,19416.2%
Other race9,23410.54%
Native American1,6451.88%
Asian1,4981.71%
Black or African American1,1581.32%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander1130.13%
showing: 7 rows

White

Two or more races

Other race

Native American

Asian

Black or African American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Santa Fe Population by Race

Santa Fe Population Pyramid 2024

Santa Fe Median Age

44.5

Total

42.7

Male

46.3

Female

Santa Fe Adults

There are 72,429 adults, (21,595 of whom are seniors) in Santa Fe.

Santa Fe Age Dependency

72.4

Age Dependency Ratio

42.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

29.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Santa Fe Sex Ratio

Female45,39151.81%
Male42,22648.19%

Santa Fe Population by Age

Santa Fe Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All39,3112.1964.335.7
Non Family18,0241.2554.445.6
Married14,3772.978.421.6
Female4,8073.2964.935.1
Male2,1032.8452.247.8
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2.9

Average Family Size

2.19

Average Household Size

64.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Santa Fe Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Santa Fe Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Santa Fe Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 66.71%.

Santa Fe Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$40,940

Average Earnings

$46,051

Average Male

$35,312

Average Female

Santa Fe Earnings by Educational Attainment

Santa Fe Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Santa Fe Language

65.93% of Santa Fe residents speak only English, while 34.07% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 29.61% of the population.

Santa Fe Language

Santa Fe Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Hispanic45,8917,79116.98%
White34,7013,3139.55%
Multiple13,9612,03214.55%
Other9,1331,93021.13%
Black1,07935332.72%
Native1,51721714.3%
Islander1137162.83%
Asian1,366251.83%
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13.72%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.6%

Male Poverty Rate

14.77%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Santa Fe

The race most likely to be in poverty in Santa Fe is Islander, with 62.83% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Santa Fe is Asian, with 1.83% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.75%. Among those working part-time, it was 15.91%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 19.24%.

Santa Fe Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade24.93%
High School16.02%
Some College12.75%
Bachelors or Greater6.21%
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Santa Fe Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed30.74%
Male Unemployed29.4%
Female Employed9.44%
Male Employed6.11%
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Santa Fe Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Santa Fe Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Santa Fe Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

41.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.3%

Male Marriage Rate

39.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Santa Fe Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Santa Fe Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Santa Fe Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Santa Fe Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

4,482

Number of Veterans

4,231

Male Veterans

251

Female Veterans

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Santa Fe Veterans by War

count

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Santa Fe Veterans by Age

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Santa Fe Veterans by Race

Santa Fe Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

8.01%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.8%

Veteran Disability Rate

Santa Fe Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

61.1%

Labor Force Participation

57.6%

Employment Rate

5.3%

Unemployment Rate

Santa Fe Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Santa Fe Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Santa Fe Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

45.25%

Born in Santa Fe

85.34%

Native Born

14.66%

Foreign Born

9.2%

Non Citizen

5.46%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

85.34% of Santa Fe residents were born in the United States, with 45.25% having been born in New Mexico. 9.2% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Santa Fe Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202993,9507060.76%
202893,2447060.76%
202792,5387060.77%
202691,8327060.77%
202591,1267060.78%
202490,4207060.79%
202389,7147060.79%
202289,0087060.8%
202188,3025780.66%
202087,7242,7153.19%
201985,0096010.71%
201884,4083500.42%
201784,0584790.57%
201683,5794070.49%
201583,1722980.36%
201482,8742470.3%
201382,6274510.55%
201282,1764500.55%
201181,7267050.87%
201081,02118,81830.25%
200062,2036,34411.36%
199055,8596,69913.63%
198049,1607,99319.42%
197041,1677,77323.28%
196033,3945,39619.27%
195027,9987,67337.75%
194020,3259,14981.86%
193011,1763,94054.45%
19207,2362,16442.67%
19105,072-531-9.48%
19005,603-582-9.41%
18906,185-450-6.78%
18806,6351,87039.24%
18704,7651302.8%
18604,635-211-4.35%
18504,846
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Santa Fe Population by Year