Santa Fe County, New Mexico

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Santa Fe County, New Mexico
Santa Fe New Mexico Judicial Complex.jpg
Judge Steve Herrera Judicial Complex in Santa Fe
Flag of Santa Fe County, New Mexico
Seal of Santa Fe County, New Mexico
Map of New Mexico highlighting Santa Fe County
Location in the state of New Mexico
Map of the United States highlighting New Mexico
New Mexico's location in the U.S.
Founded 1852
Seat Santa Fe
Largest city Santa Fe
 • Total 1,911 sq mi (4,949 km2)
 • Land 1,909 sq mi (4,944 km2)
 • Water 2 sq mi (5 km2), 0.08%
 • (2010) 144,170
 • Density 75/sq mi (29/km²)
Congressional districts 1st, 3rd
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6

Santa Fe County (Spanish: Holy faith) is a county located in the U.S. state of New Mexico. As of the 2010 census, the population was 144,170,[1] making it New Mexico's third-most populous county, after Bernalillo County and Dona Ana County. Its county seat is Santa Fe.[2]

Santa Fe County comprises the Santa Fe, NM Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Albuquerque-Santa Fe-Las Vegas, NM 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.[3] 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.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]


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. 2012 146,375 1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[1]


Whereas according to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau:


As of the census[6] 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.


The county is governed by a five-member county commission, whose members are elected from single-member districts (see map). Elections are partisan and all five seats are currently held by Democrats. County commissioners serve four-year terms, with term limits preventing them from serving more than two full terms.

Current commissioners are:

District Name Party First elected Term ends
District 1 Danny Mayfield Democratic 2011 2014
District 2 Miguel M. Chavez Democratic 2013 2016
District 3 Robert Anaya Democratic 2011 2014
District 4 Kathy Holian Democratic 2009 2016
District 5 Liz Stefanics Democratic 2009 2016

The New Mexico Corrections Department and the Penitentiary of New Mexico are located in an unincorporated area in the county.[7][8]


Devils Throne, a landmark near Cerrillos
Stone arch and cross, El Santuario de Chimayó
Java Junction, Madrid



Other Communities[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]


There are currently 4 Schools districts in Santa Fe county

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  4. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg "Santa Fé, a N. central county of New Mexico". The American Cyclopædia. 1879. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Directory." New Mexico Corrections Department. Retrieved on December 7, 2009.
  8. ^ "Penitentiary of New Mexico, Santa Fe." New Mexico Corrections Department. Retrieved on December 7, 2009.

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Coordinates: 35°31′N 105°59′W / 35.51°N 105.98°W / 35.51; -105.98