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La Villa Real de la Santa Fé de San Francisco de Asís
Location in Santa Fe County, New Mexico
CountryUnited States
StateNew Mexico
CountySanta Fe County
Foundedca. 1607-8
 • MayorDavid Coss
 • Capital city37.4 sq mi (96.9 km2)
 • Land37.3 sq mi (96.7 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
7,260 ft (2,134 m)
 (2010 [1])
 • Capital city67,947
 • Density1,927/sq mi (744/km2)
 • Metro
144,170 (Santa Fe MSA)
184,416 (Santa Fe-Espanola CSA)
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP codes
FIPS code35-70500
GNIS feature ID0936823

Santa Fe (how to say: /ˌsæntəˈfeɪ/; Tewa: Ogha Po'oge, Navajo: Yootó) is the capital of the U.S. state of New Mexico. It is thefourth-largest city in the state. It is the seat of Santa Fe County. Santa Fe (literally 'holy faith' in Spanish) had a population of 67,947 in the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Santa Fe, New Mexico Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses all of Santa Fe County and is part of the larger Santa Fe-Española Combined Statistical Area. The city's full name when founded was "La Villa Real de la Santa Fé de San Francisco de Asís" ("The Royal Town of the Holy Faith of St. Francis of Assisi").[3]

In 1912, New Mexico became the United States of America's 47th state, with Santa Fe as its capital.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 37.4 square miles (96.9 km2), of which, 37.3 square miles (96.7 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km2) of it (0.21%) is water.

Santa Fe is at 7,199 feet (2134 m) above sea level, making it the highest state capital in the United States.[4]


Santa Fe has many world-class museums. Many are around the historic downtown Plaza or close by:

Others are on Museum Hill:[5]


  1. 2010 Census
  2. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named subcounty.
  3. "Santa Fe (New Mexico, United States) – Britannica Online Encyclopedia". Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  4. "Google Map of Santa Fe". Retrieved November 27, 2011.
  5. "Museum Hill homepage".
  6. "Museum of Spanish Colonial Art homepage".