Santa Fe, New Mexico Population 2022

86,099
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Santa Fe is a city located in Santa Fe County New Mexico. Santa Fe has a 2020 population of 86,099. Santa Fe is currently growing at a rate of 0.55% annually and its population has increased by 6.28% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 81,012 in 2010.

The average household income in Santa Fe is $83,289 with a poverty rate of 14.31%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,125 per month, and the median house value is $290,800. The median age in Santa Fe is 44.1 years, 41.4 years for males, and 46.1 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 Fewas:

  • White: 82.21%
  • Two or more races: 7.34%
  • Other race: 5.66%
  • Native American: 1.61%
  • Asian: 1.45%
  • Black or African American: 1.45%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.28%
The current population of Santa Fe, New Mexico is 86,099 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 86,099.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 81,012.

Santa Fe, New Mexico Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2010144,5220.00%
2011145,8471,3250.91%
2012146,7228750.60%
2013147,4657430.50%
2014147,7823170.21%
2015148,0983160.21%
2016148,7586600.44%
2017149,4917330.49%
2018149,7612700.18%
2019150,3585970.40%
2020150,9555970.40%
2021151,5525970.39%

Santa Fe Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White69,39982.21%
Black or African American1,2231.45%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,3561.61%
Asian1,2281.45%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2360.28%
Some Other Race4,7785.66%
Two or More Races6,1987.34%
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Santa Fe Population by Race

Santa Fe Population Pyramid 2022

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Santa Fe Median Age

44.4


Total

41.9


Male

46.2


Female

Santa Fe Adults

There are 69,132 adults, (20,002 of whom are seniors) in Santa Fe.

Santa Fe Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

40.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

31.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Santa Fe Sex Ratio

Female

44,294

52.47%

Male

40,124

47.53%

Santa Fe Population by Age

Santa Fe Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Santa Fe Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married77.1%22.9%
All63.2%36.8%
Female60.7%39.3%
Non Family54.5%45.5%
Male46.9%53.1%

63.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Santa Fe Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All36,0962.363.2
Married13,2783.0777.1
Male1,7563.1446.9
Female4,3883.5760.7
Non Family16,6741.2654.5

3.1

Average Family Size

2.3

Average Household Size

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Santa Fe Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,5935.80%
9th to 12th Grade2,6874.34%
High School Graduate14,31623.13%
Some College10,87917.58%
Associates Degree4,4007.11%
Bachelors Degree13,09621.16%
Graduate Degree12,92620.88%
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Santa Fe Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Santa Fe Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Asian918867629
Black630605429
White29,04328,48718,824
2+ Races4,4573,9611,430
Native American993905207
Hispanic29,61024,0695,481
Other Race3,2552,370517
Islander152152

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 68.52%.

Santa Fe Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,234$40,412$32,563
Less Than 9th Grade$22,464$27,979$20,175
High School Graduate$27,176$30,331$24,891
Some College$33,202$38,879$30,557
Bachelors Degree$43,861$44,658$43,258
Graduate Degree$58,814$69,066$51,777

$36,234

Average Earnings

$40,412

Average Male

$32,563

Average Female

Santa Fe Earnings by Educational Attainment

Santa Fe Language by Age

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Santa Fe Language

63.77% of Santa Fe residents speak only English, while 36.23% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 32.52% of the population.

Santa Fe Language

Santa Fe Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Islander2319038.96%
Black1,16727123.22%
Multiple6,0401,18419.60%
Hispanic45,5577,86717.27%
Native1,26219215.21%
White33,3893,3289.97%
Asian1,120252.23%
Other1,278NaN%

14.31%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.09%

Male Poverty Rate

14.50%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Santa Fe

The race most likely to be in poverty in Santa Fe is Islander, with 38.96% below the poverty level.

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

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.33%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.68%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 19.91%.

Santa Fe Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade21.06%
High School16.07%
Some College13.57%
Bachelors or Greater6.37%

Santa Fe Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed6.37%
Male Unemployed35.64%
Female Employed8.95%
Female Unemployed33.37%

Santa Fe Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Santa Fe Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$57,274$82,310
Families$68,559$100,098
Married Families$84,468$118,107
Non Families$43,648$58,797
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Income by Household Type

Santa Fe Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

40.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

42.8%

Male Marriage Rate

37.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Santa Fe Married by Age and Sex

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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 35-44.

Santa Fe Marital Status by Race

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Santa Fe Marital Status

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4,201

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War385
First Gulf War554
Vietnam1,923
Korea402
World War II179

Santa Fe Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 34137
35 to 54683
55 to 64736
65 to 741,169
75+1,476

Santa Fe Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White3,6756.43%
Black578.53%
Native American685.98%
Asian151.36%
Islander4428.03%
Other Race1423.66%
2+ Races2004.06%
Hispanic1,5494.46%

Santa Fe Veterans by Race

Santa Fe Veterans by Education

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7.49%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.44%

Veteran Disability Rate

Santa Fe Veterans by Education

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60.4%

Labor Force Participation

57.3%

Employment Rate

4.8%

Unemployment Rate

Santa Fe Employment by Age

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Santa Fe Employment by Race

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Santa Fe Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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45.19%

Born in Santa Fe

85.81%

Native Born

14.19%

Foreign Born

9.64%

Non Citizen

4.55%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

85.81% of Santa Fe residents were born in the United States, with 45.19% having been born in New Mexico. 9.64% 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: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
18504,8460.00%
18604,635-211-0.44%
18704,7651300.28%
18806,6351,8703.37%
18906,185-450-0.70%
19005,603-582-0.98%
19105,072-531-0.99%
19207,2362,1643.62%
193011,1763,9404.44%
194020,3259,1496.16%
195027,9987,6733.25%
196033,3945,3961.78%
197041,1677,7732.11%
198049,1607,9931.79%
199055,8596,6991.29%
200062,2036,3441.08%
201081,01218,8092.68%
201181,7066940.86%
201282,1444380.54%
201382,5844400.54%
201482,8242400.29%
201583,1172930.35%
201683,5153980.48%
201783,9544390.53%
201884,2112570.31%
201984,6834720.56%
202085,1554720.56%
202185,6274720.55%
202286,0994720.55%

Santa Fe Population by Year