Santa Fe, NM
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Santa Fe is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New Mexico. With a population of 84,099 people and 44 constituent neighborhoods, Santa Fe is the fourth largest community in New Mexico.

Santa Fe real estate is some of the most expensive in New Mexico, although Santa Fe house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Santa Fe is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.71% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Santa Fe is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Santa Fe who work in sales jobs (10.72%), management occupations (10.55%), and office and administrative support (10.33%).

Of important note, Santa Fe is also a city of artists. Santa Fe has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Santa Fe’s character.

Also of interest is that Santa Fe has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in Santa Fe telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.49% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

The education level of Santa Fe ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Santa Fe, 40.35% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Santa Fe in 2010 was $31,973, which is wealthy relative to New Mexico and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $127,892 for a family of four. However, Santa Fe contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Santa Fe is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Santa Fe home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Santa Fe, accounting for 54.08% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Santa Fe residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Santa Fe include English, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.

In addition, Santa Fe has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (17.40%).

The most common language spoken in Santa Fe is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.