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Santa Fe County
Original Santa Fe County Courthouse
Original Santa Fe County Courthouse
Flag of Santa Fe County
Official seal of Santa Fe County
Map of New Mexico highlighting Santa Fe County
Location within the U.S. state of New Mexico
Map of the United States highlighting New Mexico
New Mexico's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  New Mexico
Founded 1852
Seat Santa Fe
Largest city Santa Fe
 • Total 1,911 sq mi (4,950 km2)
 • Land 1,909 sq mi (4,940 km2)
 • Water 1.5 sq mi (4 km2)  0.08%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density 76/sq mi (29/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional districts 1st, 3rd

Santa Fe County (Spanish: Condado de Santa Fe; meaning Holy faith in Spanish) is located 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 includes the Santa Fe metropolitan statistical area, which is also included in the Albuquerque–Santa Fe–Las Vegas combined statistical area.


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


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%
2019 (est.) 150,358 4.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2016

2010 census

As of the 2010 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.

The largest ancestry groups were:

  • 22.4% Mexican
  • 11.2% German
  • 11.1% Spanish
  • 10.0% English
  • 8.4% Irish
  • 3.6% French
  • 3.2% Italian
  • 2.5% Scottish
  • 2.3% American
  • 2.1% Scotch-Irish
  • 1.8% Polish
  • 1.3% Swedish
  • 1.3% Russian
  • 1.2% Dutch
  • 1.1% Norwegian

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.


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



Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities


Nuestra Senora de Luz Church, rotated and retouched
Nuestra Senora de Luz Church, Canoncito

There are currently four school districts in Santa Fe County:

  • Española Public Schools
  • Moriarty Municipal Schools
  • Pojoaque Valley Public Schools
  • Santa Fe Public Schools

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Condado de Santa Fe para niños

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