Santa Fe, New Mexico

city in and county seat of Santa Fe County, New Mexico, United States, and the capitol of New Mexico

Santa Fe (English pronunciation: /ˌsæntəˈfeɪ/; Tewa: Ogha Po'oge, Navajo: Yootó) is the capital of the U.S. state of New Mexico. It is the fourth-largest city in the state. It is the seat of Santa Fe County. Santa Fe (literally 'holy faith' in Spanish) had a population of 87,505 in the 2020 census.[4] It is the principal city of the Santa Fe, New Mexico Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses all of Santa Fe County and is part of the larger Santa Fe-Española Combined Statistical Area. The city's full name when founded was "La Villa Real de la Santa Fé de San Francisco de Asís" ("The Royal Town of the Holy Faith of St. Francis of Assisi").[5]

Santa Fe
La Villa Real de la Santa Fé de San Francisco de Asís
State capital of New Mexico
New Mexico
Official logo of Santa Fe
Etymology: Spanish for "Holy Faith"
The City Different
Location in Santa Fe County, New Mexico
Santa Fe is located in New Mexico
Santa Fe
Santa Fe
Location within New Mexico
Santa Fe is located in the United States
Santa Fe
Santa Fe
Location within the United States
Coordinates: 35°40′2″N 105°57′52″W / 35.66722°N 105.96444°W / 35.66722; -105.96444
CountryUnited States
StateNew Mexico
CountySanta Fe
Founded1610; 414 years ago (1610)
Founded byPedro de Peralta
Named forSt. Francis of Assisi
 • MayorAlan Webber (D)
 • City Council
 • City52.34 sq mi (135.57 km2)
 • Land52.23 sq mi (135.28 km2)
 • Water0.11 sq mi (0.29 km2)
Elevation6,998 ft (2,133 m)
 • City87,505
 • Density1,675.28/sq mi (646.83/km2)
 • Metro
154,823 (Santa Fe MSA)
1,162,523 (Albuquerque-Santa Fe-Las Vegas CSA)
Demonym(s)Santa Fean; Santafesino, -na
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
ZIP Codes
87501–87509, 87540, 87592, 87594
Area code505
FIPS code35-70500
GNIS feature ID936823[3]
Primary airportAlbuquerque International Sunport
ABQ (Major/International)
Secondary airportSanta Fe Regional Airport-
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In 1912, New Mexico became the United States of America's 47th state, with Santa Fe as its capital.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 52.3 square miles (135.6 km2), of which, 52.2 square miles (135.3 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km2) of it (0.21%) is water.

Santa Fe is at 7,199 feet (2134 m) above sea level, making it the highest state capital in the United States.[6]



Santa Fe has many world-class museums. Many are around the historic downtown Plaza or close by:

Others are on Museum Hill:[7]


  1. "Elected Officials". City of Santa Fe. Retrieved January 4, 2024.
  2. "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 12, 2022.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Geographic Names Information System". Retrieved May 8, 2023.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "QuickFacts: Santa Fe city, New Mexico". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 14, 2024.
  5. "Santa Fe (New Mexico, United States) – Britannica Online Encyclopedia". Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  6. "Google Map of Santa Fe". Retrieved November 27, 2011.
  7. "Museum Hill homepage". Archived from the original on 2006-08-12. Retrieved 2020-12-30.
  8. "Museum of Spanish Colonial Art homepage".

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