Santa Fe

Population: 82,927Median home value: $259,700 63 Ranks better than 28% of areas

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A+ Santa Fe Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D+ Santa Fe Cost of Living Cost of living is 14% higher than New Mexico
Santa Fe
1055% more expensive than the US average
New Mexico
928% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Santa Fe cost of living
D Santa Fe Crime Total crime is 13% lower than New Mexico
Total crime
4,11050% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2550% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-15%Year over year crime is down
Santa Fe crime
C- Santa Fe Employment Household income is 13% higher than New Mexico
Median household income
$51,5727% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$33,14611% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%7% lower than the US average
Santa Fe employment
F Santa Fe Housing Home value is 61% higher than New Mexico
Median home value
$259,70041% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$9642% higher than the US average
Home ownership
62%2% lower than the US average
Santa Fe real estate or Santa Fe rentals
F Santa Fe Schools HS graduation rate is 5% higher than New Mexico
High school grad. rates
84%1% higher than the US average
School test scores
24%52% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:129% higher than the US average
Santa Fe K-12 schools or Santa Fe colleges

Living in Santa Fe, NM

Located in the state of New Mexico, Santa Fe is a mid-sized city with a population of 82,927 people. The majority of Santa Fe residents report their race to be White; this is followed by American Indian and Alaskan and Black. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Santa Fe are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 33% of the population also speak Spanish.

Whether you’re moving to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Santa Fe could be a positive experience compared to other cities in New Mexico if you know where to look. Finding the best places to live in Santa Fe and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, weather, education, employment and other important metrics.

Using data and statistics Santa Fe has received a livability score of 62 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 28th percentile when compared to all other cities. If we check out each of the categories on their own, we see that Santa Fe ranks well for amenities (A+). Santa Fe does not rank well for the following: crime (D-), education (F) and housing (F). It might be a good idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Santa Fe has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the notable things to do include: Loretto Chapel, Canyon Road, and The Plaza.

Assuming that Santa Fe meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Santa Fe. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Santa Fe are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Santa Fe come in at $259,700, which is 60.7% higher than the New Mexico average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Santa Fe, the home price to income ratio is 5, which is 42.9% higher than the New Mexico average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Santa Fe area were 12.4% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 2.1%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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It is awful.

I made the move to Santa Fe a little under a year ago and it has been awful.

Santa Fe appears tp be this idyllic little city but it is far from it. It is a third world country replete with the obligatory political corruption, graft and demarcation between the haves and have nots.

The people of Santa Fe are some of the meanest, side, condescending and arrogant I have encountered (and I was in LA prior to moving here!) There is little to no authenticity here and the level of insincerity is off the charts. Fake artists, writers and "creatives" flood the streets of Santa Fe.

The cost of living is not worth what you get in this hellhole. And it is a hellhole, the entire state is a hellhole. Yes, there are some aesthetically beautiful areas but they are few and far between, and usually dotted with heroin and meth addicts and compounds.
  • 1 -3
Santa Fe's superficial, lacks integrity.

The new young professionals are discriminate here and don't know it's suppose to be about being of service to the customer or patient. It's about the client being of service to the non thinking professionals, not helping the client or even the patient. It's gotten really superficial. They pick and choose who they will work with, so if you're older, and like need a chiropractor, lawyer or banker or healer, they won't work with you. They want the young rich and healthy only. Rude and unprofessional, especially the chiropractors and healers so watch out for them. My life got broken when I trusted the realtor, the mortgage banker, the lawyer and the healers to help my life. It's not about serving the client here. It's about the professional helping themselves and not caring about the client. I've been treated horrible by the chiropractors in Santa Fe because I didn't stroke their egos when I was in horrible pain. They didn't care at all and are so gutless they don't even talk or respond to you. They just want young, pretty and healthy so they don't have to think or work. Santa Fe is shallow and superficial anymore. They don't even know how to think. They just assume their cute and got one up - which most of them aren't even smart. Lots of people with out any integrity who don't put the client or anyone else first. It's all yadayadayada anymore. And to top it all off the men don't know how to treat women here - or even pay for dinner.
  • 2 -4
Worst Decision Ever

I was told to move here by my family. Turns out they hate it here too, just missed me. There is nothing to do here at all. Housing here is horrible. Unless you love tight rooms with no where to move stay out of new Mexico especially Santa Fe. Minimum wage is almost 11 but rent is ungodly even a studio runs from 900 to 1 grand a month. Wouldn't be bad if there was stuff to do but there isn't. Life here sucks. Most people live in Albuquerque and work here causing the city Millions if not billions a year. Which costs us in price hikes. Avoid this town at all cost. This review is truly New Mexico True.oh almost forgot customer service here sucks. Local think this place is paradise but trust me they have never seen the out side world.
  • 3 -3
I Lived In Santa Fe, NM

When I lived in Santa Fe, NM, I had a small apartment that was medium priced. I found that it was in a fairly decent area to live, but would much rather have lived in the nicer area. When people are relocating to Santa Fe, NM, they should make sure they are looking in areas that have a safe and secure neighborhood. They will want to find somewhere to live that is relatively close to where they are working. For professional opportunities in Santa Fe, it will all depend on how the economy is doing. When the economy is doing well, there will be plenty of work to choose from.

For restaurants and nightlife, I loved living in Santa Fe, NM for the short time that I did. I found that there were plenty of places that served an array of cuisines that I adored. The clubs and bars in the area provided for some very fun nights out on the town. There are plenty of neat attractions that will let people have plenty to do on weekends and days off from their work. This definitely brings more people into the area, because they like the choices that they have when they want to have fun.

Shopping was decent in Santa Fe. I found that the smaller shops provided a better choice for gifts when I was looking for something to send home during birthdays and holidays. The specialty shops come and go in the area, but they usually provide excellent places to find unique clothing and accessories.
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working professional

Santa Fe is a beautiful city with a very rich cultural heritage and amazing art scene. A great place to vacation or be if you are a professional couple without children. As a parent and working professional, it is really challenging to make ends meet and to provide your children with educational advantages that you will find in many other cities with a much lower cost of living. As you research, you will find a wide variety of stats regarding the school systems graduation rates and test scores. In the end, the results are bleak and you will come to conclusion that many working professional parents must pay for private middle and high school education or move. That being said, there appears to be a sort of "brain drain" happening in Santa Fe where working professionals with children simply make the choice to move away...
  • 0 0
The City Different.....Indeed!

I've lived in Santa Fe for 16 years now. My wanderlust tells me it's time to move on. So, off I go visiting first the West , then the North..and on and on. But she always draws me back. Coming over the pass from Albuquerque , when you first see her, she enfolds you. Warm and welcoming. I don't know if it's the Pinon scented air. The majesty of the mountains that surround her or the kindness of her people. Like I said, I'd like to leave, try new places, but as long as i wake up to her brilliant skies and the smell of roasting green chiles...I'm here to stay.
  • 2 -1
The Artsy World of Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe, New Mexico is one of the largest artist colonies around. Okay, so not everyone that lives in Santa Fe is an artist. But, you will find far more artist living in this grand city that you will any where else. The artistry doesn't just expand to the usual of paintings and other visual artistry of the caliber, but many writers also live in Santa Fe. Many say that they are drawn to the area, that it is a place that calls to you.

On many occasions while living in New Mexico, I've visited Santa Fe for a number of wonderful reasons one of which is the Southwest Writer's Conference. This is a huge culmination of great writing minds that come together each year. Writer's, publishers, editors and many other beings in the writing world come together for one very important focus, writing. Writer's attend to find ways of showcasing their work and finding a publishing company that would be interested, publishers to find that next great piece, editors to help many writers take their work to new levels. Let us not forget the literary agents that also attend, they help get the writer's work seen and published.

After spending time at a writer's conference, my inspiration has always grown and made me want to see more of the wonderful sites of Santa Fe, this has drawn me out to many of the fabulous museums through out the city. One of the most well known is the Museum of International Folk Art of Santa Fe. The museum show cases are work for all around the world, mixed media art for example; paintings that aren't just paintings but have bits and bobbles that pop out of the painting or quilts that have been created by artists from around the world. How about gorgeous gourds that have been turned into vases and purses. This museum is extremely eclectic in what is displayed on a regular basis, you will be amazed at what you will find.

George O'Keefe Museum of Santa Fe is another great museum to wonder through, paintings from many wonderful artist, sculptures that make you want to strive with your own artistic abilities. You will walk away in awe at the many great pieces you will find.

Museums are the only place in Santa Fe that you will find beautiful artistry, there are many chapels around Santa Fe that also have beautiful pieces as well one such chapel is Loretto Chapel filled with the grand history of the city of Santa Fe. Beautiful stained glass windows that have stood for many years, beautiful paintings of saints through out the chapel and so much more. Just sitting in the Loretto Chapel is said to bring peace and understanding to many visitors. Some people have sat for many hours just contemplating and drinking in the beauty and history of Loretto Chapel.

If you want a great adventure into the world of art, you will fall in love with Santa Fe New, New Mexico for it has to offer.
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She Weaves a Spell: Santa Fe, NM

I fell in love with Santa Fe, New Mexico, the first time I visited 15 years ago. Since then the city has drawn me back more than a dozen times. I never get tired of sitting in the Plaza, buying a beautiful piece of turquoise jewelry from the vendors, or eating at the Pink Adobe. I revel in the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, that offer splendid works of art inspired by the high desert landscape.

New Mexico is called The Land of Enchantment and Santa Fe embodies that spirit. From its adobe architecture and pinon scented air, to its blend of cultures and history, Santa Fe is a fascinating city to visit at all times of the year. Go in summer and you will be rewarded with dry warm days and the sights of the Plaza filled with art festivals such as Indian Market and Spanish Market. Go at Christmas and walk through the narrow streets past homes lit with holiday luminaries. Years later, I still get compliments on a beautiful southwest style jacket I bought at Moxie on W. San Francisco Street. I think it's time to return to magical Santa Fe!
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