Facts About Santa Fe
Santa Fe is the capital of the U.S. state of New Mexico.
Santa Fe is the fourth-largest city in New Mexico with a population of 84,683 in 2019.
Santa Fe was made the capital of New Mexico in 1610.
The city was founded in 1610 as the capital of Nuevo México after it replaced the capital San Juan de Los Caballeros at San Gabriel de Yungue-Ouinge, which makes it the oldest state capital in the United States.
The elevation of Santa Fe is 7,199 feet above sea level, making it the state capital with the highest elevation.
The city has been designated as a UNESCO Creative City in Design, Crafts and Folk Art.
The name of the city of Santa Fe means “Holy Faith” in Spanish, and the city’s full name as founded remains La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asís.
Before European colonization of the Americas, the area Santa Fe occupied between 900 CE and the 1500s was known to the Tewa peoples as Oghá P’o’oge and by the Navajo people as Yootó, ‘Bead’ ‘Water Place’.
The city has a total area of 37.4 sq mi, of which 37.3 sq mi is land and 0.077 sq mi is covered by water.
Santa Fe’s celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.
Santa Fe’s sister cities are Bukhara, Uzbekistan; Hidalgo del Parral, Mexico; Holguín, Cuba; Icheon, South Korea; Livingstone, Zambia; San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; Santa Fe, Spain; Sorrento, Italy; Tsuyama, Japan & Zhangjiajie, China.
Santa Fe is known as the “City of Holy Faith” otherwise known as “The City Different”.
The median income for a household in the city was $40,392, and the median income for a family was $49,705.
The area of Santa Fe was originally occupied by indigenous Tanoan peoples, who lived in numerous Pueblo villages along the Rio Grande.
San Miguel Mission or San Miguel Chapel is the oldest surviving church in the United States located in Santa Fe.
Valles Caldera is an inactive volcano just 50 miles away from Santa Fe. It is now a 13-mile wide circular depression and has been inactive for more than 50,000 years.
Santa Fe is the third-largest art market in the United States, after New York and Los Angeles.
Santa Fe’s three largest employers are the New Mexico Department of Health, New Mexico State Government and Buffalo Thunder Resort-Casino.
Santa Fe’s population density is more concentrated averaging 1,637 residents per square mile.
The city of Santa Fe is a charter city. It is governed by a mayor-council system. The city is divided into four electoral districts, each represented by two councillors.