Santa Fe at a Glance

  • FOUNDED: 1610 as a Spanish colony.
    In the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Santa Fe is NewMexico’s capital and the oldest state capital city in the United States. Renowned for its Pueblo-style architecture and as a creative hotbed, Santa Fe is also recognized worldwide for its natural beauty, relaxed lifestyle, diverse culture, vibrant culinary scene, and abundant recreational options.
  • POPULATION: estimated at nearly 90,639
  • AVERAGE TEMPERATURES: July: 85; January: 42
  • AREA: 52.34 square miles.
    Santa Fe’s expanding trail systems are an evolving resource for hikers, mountainbikers, road cyclists, walkers, and outdoor enthusiasts. The city is the gateway to the Santa Fe National Forest andsurrounding public lands. This Rocky Mountain playground spans 1.6 million acres, including the 250,000-acre Pecos Wilderness Area and the 660-acre Santa Fe ski area, located 16 miles from downtown.
  • FOOD: The city is home to many celebrated chefs, and while it is known for its unique regional fare, it has developed a reputation for fine cuisine of all kinds.
    Santa Fe is recognized for the use of native red and green chile in nearly every dish. Among the city’s signature food events are the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta held eachSeptember, ARTsmart’s Edible Art Tour held in June, and Restaurant Week and the Souper Bowl, which take place each winter.
  • ARTS & CULTURE: Santa Fe is considered the third-largest art market in the United States.
    The city’s many art festivals include some of the biggest and most important of their kind in the world, such as Indian Market. Spanish Market. and the International Folk Art Market. Adding to this is a weekly schedule of gallery openings, artist receptions, and special events that keeps the visual arts calendar filled 52 weeks a year.
  • RETIREMENT: The area is consistently voted one of the best places for retirement.
    Clear, clean air and peaceful surroundings draw seniors from across the country in search of a healthy lifestyle, business opportunities, and a stimulating cultural environment. With world-class restaurants, shopping, cultural attractions, golf courses, tennis, and social clubs, the city is ideally suited to the needs of retirees. Active individuals can enjoy an excellent quality of life, recreation, arts and other creative endeavors, intellectual and spiritual activities. and the bluest of skies.