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Santa Fe County, New Mexico
Seal of Santa Fe County, New Mexico
Map
Map of New Mexico highlighting Santa Fe County
Location in the state of New Mexico
Map of the USA highlighting New Mexico
New Mexico's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1852
Seat Santa Fe
Largest City Santa Fe
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,911 sq mi (4,949 km²)
1,909 sq mi (4,944 km²)
1.5 sq mi (4 km²), 0.08%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

148,686
76/sq mi (29/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: www.co.santa-fe.nm.us
County flag Flag of Santa Fe County, New Mexico

Santa Fe County (Spanish: Holy faith) is a county in the U.S. state of New Mexico. As of the 2010 census, the population was 144,170, making it New Mexico's third-most populous county, after Bernalillo County and Doña Ana County. Its county seat is Santa Fe, the state capital.

Santa Fe County comprises the Santa Fe, NM Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Albuquerque-Santa Fe-Las Vegas, NM Combined Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,911 square miles (4,950 km2), of which 1,909 square miles (4,940 km2) is land and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) (0.08%) is water. It is the fifth-smallest county in New Mexico by area. The highest point in the county is the summit of Santa Fe Baldy at 3,847 meters (12,621 ft). It is drained by the Rio Grande and several of its small tributaries.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

  • El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail (part)
  • Pecos National Historical Park (part)
  • Santa Fe National Forest (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 14,770
1920 15,030 1.8%
1930 19,567 30.2%
1940 30,826 57.5%
1950 38,153 23.8%
1960 44,970 17.9%
1970 53,756 19.5%
1980 75,360 40.2%
1990 98,928 31.3%
2000 129,292 30.7%
2010 144,170 11.5%
Est. 2015 148,686 3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013
Santa Fe Baldy (5311094412)
Santa Fe Baldy

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, The population density was 68 people per square mile (26/km²). There were 57,701 housing units at an average density of 30 per square mile (12/km²).

There were 52,482 households out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.5% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 29.7% from 25 to 44, 27.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.4 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,207, and the median income for a family was $50,000. Males had a median income of $33,287 versus $27,780 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,594. About 9.4% of families and 12% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.2% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 144,170 people, 61,963 households, and 36,183 families residing in the county. The population density was 75.5 inhabitants per square mile (29.2/km2). There were 71,267 housing units at an average density of 37.3 per square mile (14.4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 76.2% white, 3.1% American Indian, 1.2% Asian, 0.9% black or African American, 0.1% Pacific islander, 15.1% from other races, and 3.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 50.6% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 11.2% were German, 10.0% were English, 8.4% were Irish, and 2.3% were American.

Of the 61,963 households, 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.1% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 41.6% were non-families, and 33.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.94. The median age was 43.0 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $52,696 and the median income for a family was $64,041. Males had a median income of $41,703 versus $39,215 for females. The per capita income for the county was $32,188. About 10.0% of families and 14.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.4% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Devils Throne (5349509237)
Devils Throne, a landmark near Cerrillos
Stone Arch
Stone arch and cross, El Santuario de Chimayó
Java Junction B & B (5350117890)
Java Junction, Madrid

Cities

Town

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

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