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 home prices are not only among the most expensive in New Mexico, but Santa Fe real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Santa Fe is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.62% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Santa Fe is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Santa Fe who work in sales jobs (11.46%), office and administrative support (10.52%), and management occupations (10.41%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.59% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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 citizens of Santa Fe are among the most well-educated in the nation: 44.00% of adults in Santa Fe have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Santa Fe in 2010 was $33,967, which is wealthy relative to New Mexico and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $135,868 for a family of four. However, Santa Fe contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Santa Fe is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Santa Fe home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Santa Fe residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Santa Fe also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 48.61% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Santa Fe include English, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.

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