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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Santa Fe County is located in New Mexico with a population of 147,514. Santa Fe County is one of the best places to live in New Mexico. In Santa Fe County, most residents own their homes. Many young professionals and retirees live in Santa Fe County and residents tend to be liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$277,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$987
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    30%
  • Own
    70%
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Santa Fe County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    225.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    4.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    42
    40.7
  • Robbery
    63.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,430.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,030.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    250.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    16%
  • 65+ years
    21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

Working in Santa Fe County

Santa Fe County Reviews

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I’ve been a resident with a Santa Fe County for over 26 years (since I was born) and I have not seen it progress as much as it should be with the surrounding counties with employment opportunities, housing developments, and a sustainable infrastructure. Our county is expensive to live in with a high tax rate within the city at 8.9%, a bag tax of .10 cents a bag, and high prices of houses. My family and I have considered moving to another county to be able to afford to live without having to work 3+ jobs.
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There are people driving through Santa Fe smoking products laced, by companies, and citizens alike, with nano metals (gallium, aluminum, neodyme, beryllium, etc...). Chaff, and other pesticides, glyphosates.

Taking that it is only one part of the United States geographic territory, they would have to put check on that to be rated anything undet health, really.
I like the beautiful landscape Santa Fe County offers. It’s truly a magical place to live. And, there is no shortage of beautiful places to visit nearby. Whether you’re interested in hiking or climbing, or want to visit small town antique stores, you’ll find your match in Santa Fe County.