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Overview
Population:144,209
Pop. Change:12%
State: New Mexico
Metro Area:Santa Fe Metro Area
County:Santa Fe
City:Santa Fe, Eldorado at Santa Fe, ... 34 total
Zip Code:87507, 87505, ... 14 total
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Santa Fe's Real Estate Market
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 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
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Santa Fe Metro Area

Profile: Capital city

Location: North-central New Mexico

Elevation: 7710

Time zone: Mountain Standard Time

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Santa Fe, established almost 400 years ago, is the capital of New Mexico; a crossroads of American Indian, Spanish, and European cultures; and a tourist attraction. The area’s distinct architecture, lifestyle, and food are unique among American cities. Over 250 art galleries and the recently opened Georgia O’Keeffe Museum attract visitors from around the world.

The historic old town—with its plaza, Palace of the Governors, Navajo craft market, and restaurants—is a major tourist attraction. In summer, it can be quite crowded. Many local buildings, including homes in wealthier residential areas in the hills to the north, are built in a distinct “Santa Fe” style, which resembles historic Spanish and Pueblo Indian adobe structures and blends nicely with the landscape.

Growth and development to the south of the city has been dense and is a mixed bag. Surrounding the city are over 1.5 million acres of national forest, stunning landscapes, downhill ski areas, and historic treasures, particularly to the north. Santa Fe has long been a haven for performing and visual artists. More recently an affluent population, many retired or self-employed, has been relocating to the area. As a whole, the population is educated and wealthy.

At over 7,000 feet elevation, the city is by far the highest state capital and is also the highest metropolitan statistical area in the country. The elevation may cause health problems for some, and healthcare facilities are not extensive. Aside from cost and other minor downsides- a few cold winter days; tourist impact; and some growth issues- Santa Fe is a stimulating and aesthetically pleasing place to live.

The city is located on a high desert plateau at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. The terrain is rolling to hilly high desert, with scrub and sagebrush vegetation and dry creeks and washes. The landscape rises to scrub-pine covered hills in the north, then to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the northeast and Jemez Mountains to the northwest. To the south of the city, the land slopes gently down toward lower deserts and the Rio Grande Valley. The climate is arid continental with sunny, dry, pleasant days and cool evenings in summer. Winters are dry with relatively mild days and cold nights with below-freezing temperatures. Most winter precipitation falls as dry snow, which is seldom heavy. Much heavier snows fall in the nearby mountains. First freeze is early October, last is mid-May.

Interesting Facts about the Santa_Fe, New Mexico Metro Area

As of 2014, Santa Fe Metro Area's population is 144,209 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 11.54 percent.

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The median home cost in Santa Fe Metro Area is $270,100. Home appreciation the last year has been 3.80 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Santa Fe Metro Area's cost of living is 17.60% Higher than the U.S. average.

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Santa Fe Metro Area public schools spend $12,502 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 56.7 students per teacher in Santa Fe Metro Area.

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The unemployment rate in Santa Fe Metro Area is 4.60 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Santa Fe Metro Area jobs have Increased by 0.79 percent.


Ranked #2 2005 Best Places to Live
Ranked #9 America’s Best Cities for Foodies
Ranked #30 Best Green Cities
Ranked #42 America's Most (and Least) Stressful Cities (117 Smallest Metro Areas)
Ranked #69 America's Best and Worst Cities for Crime (Smallest Metro Areas)
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Average Commute time is 22 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Santa Fe Metro Area's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes


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