The Demographics of Santa Fe, New Mexico

Located in northern New Mexico, Santa Fe is a rich and varied city with a small population. As the oldest capital city in the continental United States–dating from the era of Spanish occupation–the population numbers approximately 68,000. While it is a settlement whose citizens are dedicated the preservation and exploration of all forms of cultural expression–from visual arts, dance, opera, indigenous crafts and musical performance, and architecture, the demographics of this urban center are less varied than one might suppose from such cultural arts displays.

As of the 2010 census, 78.9 percent of the residents self-identified as Caucasian. Further investigation of this reveals that 48.7 percent of the residents claimed Latino ethnicity overall. While only 2.1 percent of the total population, Native American individuals certainly make their presence known in the vital and flourishing community of Santa Fe, through art, commerce, and performance. The small percentage of Asian individuals–1.4 percent–was only slightly surmounted by those identifying with two or more ethnicities, at 3.1 percent.

As of 2010,the city boasted 27,569 households. While 21.4 percent of those claimed children under 18, who themselves comprise 20.3 percent of the total population, the range was fairly evenly spread across age groups and living arrangements, with the median age settling at 40. Female to Male ratio for those over 18 was 100:89, and the median household income was calculated at $40,392.