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Santa Fe County, New Mexico
Seal of Santa Fe County, New Mexico
Map of New Mexico highlighting Santa Fe County
Location in the state of New Mexico
Map of the U.S. highlighting New Mexico
New Mexico's location in the U.S.
Seat Santa Fe
Largest city Santa Fe
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,911 sq mi (4,949 km²)
1,909 sq mi (4,944 km²)
2 sq mi (5 km²), 0.08%
 - (2000)
 - Density

67/sq mi (26/km²)
Founded 1852
Santa Fe New Mexico Judicial Complex.jpg
Judge Steve Herrera Judicial Complex in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Mexico. The county is also defined by the US Census Bureau as the Santa Fe, New Mexico Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2000, the population was 129,292, making it New Mexico's third most populous county. The 2007 estimate for the county population is 142,955. Its county seat is Santa Fe.[1]



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,911 square miles (4,949 km²), of which, 1,909 square miles (4,945 km²) of it is land and 2 square miles (4 km²) of it (0.08%) is water. The highest point in the county is the summit of Santa Fe Baldy at 3 847m (12 622').


Adjacent counties

National protected areas


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 129,292 people, 52,482 households, and 32,801 families residing in the county. The population density was 68 people per square mile (26/km²). There were 57,701 housing units at an average density of 30 per square mile (12/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 73.52% White, 0.64% Black or African American, 3.08% Native American, 0.88% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 17.74% from other races, and 4.07% from two or more races. 49.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 52,482 households out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.5% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 29.7% from 25 to 44, 27.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.4 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,207, and the median income for a family was $50,000. Males had a median income of $33,287 versus $27,780 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,594. About 9.4% of families and 12% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.2% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.


The county is governed by a five-member county commission, whose members are elected from single-member districts (see map). Elections are partisan and all five seats are currently held by Democrats. County commissioners serve four-year terms, with term limits preventing them from serving more than two full terms.

Current commissioners are:

District Name Party First elected Term ends
District 1 Harry B. Montoya Democratic 2002 2010
District 2 Virginia Vigil Democratic 2004 2012
District 3 Mike D. Anaya Democratic 2002 2010
District 4 Kathy Holian Democratic 2008 2012
District 5 Liz Stefanics Democratic 2008 2012

The New Mexico Corrections Department and the Penitentiary of New Mexico are located in an unincorporated area in the county.[3][4]




Other localities

Census-designated places


  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "Directory." New Mexico Corrections Department. Retrieved on December 7, 2009.
  4. ^ "Penitentiary of New Mexico, Santa Fe." New Mexico Corrections Department. Retrieved on December 7, 2009.

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Coordinates: 35°31′N 105°59′W / 35.51°N 105.98°W / 35.51; -105.98


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