What is Santa Fe city profile?

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Santa Fe is the capital of New Mexico and the fourth-largest city in the state with Albuquerque being the largest.  Santa Fe was originally occupied by a number of Pueblo Indian villages with founding dates in the 11th century.   In 1610, it was made the capital of the Spanish controlled province of Nuevo Mexico, which it has remained; making it the oldest capital city in what is the modern United States. Santa Fe is at least the third oldest surviving American city founded by European colonists.   The oldest is St. Augustine, Florida.

Santa Fe is a widely known travel destination, rich in heritage, arts and culture. Anyone who likes art, food, wine and beautifully decorated architecture might want to head to Santa Fe, N.M.  It is a great city for art and artists.  Maybe it was the pure light, or the high desert landscape, maybe both, maybe more, but today Santa Fe’s art market is one of the most vibrant and varied in the world, and is considered by many to be the premier art destination in the United States. Over 250 Santa Fe galleries and related businesses support nearly one out of five people living in Santa Fe.  And don’t forget the Georgia O Keeffe Museum where one may view the works of this most iconic of Southwest Artists.  There are other museums too, such as the Museum of Western History and the US American Indian Museum of Art.  In fact, Santa Fe’s history has solidified in the very mud of its buildings and that seems almost palpable. Yet around town, there is a sense of change. People are talking about a New Santa Fe and this time it seems to be working.  They were talking about it 30 years ago when I spent some time there.

For wining and dining, Santa Fe is also a destination city, from the finest of traditional Southwestern cooking to international gourmet delights, it is found in Santa Fe. And shopping is as eclectic and delightful as its art scene and cultural establishments.  From native Pueblo arts to international fashion, once again Sante Fe has it.

Now this may be a bit of personal bias, but I think “Santa Fe has it” would be an excellent slogan for the town.  If only they had a state capitol building that wasn’t dull as dirt.

“Santa Fe belongs to the cool semi-arid climate zone (Koppen BSk), with cool winters, and hot summers. The 24-hour average temperature in the city ranges from 29.3 °F (−1.5 °C) in January to 69.8 °F (21.0 °C) in July. Evenings are much cooler than afternoons due to the aridity and elevation, with most days of the year averaging above a 30 °F (17 °C) difference between the high and low. Snowfall is typically light and due to the high elevation and low latitude, snow does not linger on the ground for long. The city usually receives 6 to 8 snowfalls a year between November and April. Heaviest rainfall occurs in July and August. Santa Fe has 300+ days of sunshine a year and an average relative humidity of 50%.”  Weather summary from Wikipedia If you want To learn more about temperature conversions from Fahrenheit to Celsius, read Degrees  Fahrenheit

Santa Fe is served by the Santa Fe Municipal Airport which provides some regional service.  Long distance travelers fly into the Albuquerque International Sunport and connect to Santa Fe in other ways.

Santa Fe population is 73,720 (2009).

1 is the international calling code for the United States.

505 is the area code for Santa Fe.

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  • Larry says:

    Curious about the name (who was Saint “Fe”?), I found that the full original name was: La Villa Real de la Santa Fé de San Francisco de Asís, the Royal Town of the Holy Faith of Saint Francis of Assisi.

  • digs says:

    And Santa Fe simply means ‘Holy Faith.’ By the same token, Greek Orthodox churches are often named “St. Sophia.” There is no person named Saint Sophia. It simply means “Holy Wisdom.”

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