Santa Fe, New Mexico


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From 900 to 1150, numerous Pueblo Native American villages occupied the area of New Mexico now known as the city of Santa Fe.  One of these villages was known as Ogapoge.  In 1598, however, the first Spanish settler, Don Juan de Onate, arrived in the area.  He established Santa Fe de Nuevo Mexico as a province of New Spain.  The city was officially founded in 1610, under the full name ‘La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asis’, which translated into English means ‘The Royal Town of the Holy Faith of St. Francis of Assisi.”  By itself, Santa Fe means ‘holy faith’.

Modern day Santa Fe is the capital of New Mexico and the fourth-largest city in the state.  It is the oldest capital city in the United States and the oldest city in New Mexico.  In 2012, the city was estimated to have a population of 69,204.  It is also part of the Albuquerque-Santa Fe-Las Vegas, NM Combined Statistical Area, which according to the 2010 US census, had a population of 1,146,049.  Roughly 55% of the state’s population lives within this CSA.

Santa Fe has had a strong affiliation with the sciences and technology since 1943, when the Los Alamos National Laboratory was built a short 45-minute drive way from the city.  The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) was built in 1984 with the goal of researching complex systems in the physical, biological, economic, and political sciences.  Today, it hoses three Nobel laureates: Murray Gell-Mann (physics), Philip Warren Anderson (physics), and Kenneth Arrow (economics).  Santa Fe is also home to the National Center for Genome Resources (NCGR), founded in 1994 to shed light on the intersection between bioscience, computing, and mathematics.

Many of the buildings within the city of Santa Fe have been created with a unified building style in mind – that of the Spanish Pueblo Revival.  These buildings include the Palace of the Governors, which was established in 1609-10, the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, which was completed in 1869, and the Inn at Loretto.

In 2012, CBS Money Watch and U.S. News ranked Santa Fe among the top 10 best places to retire in the United States.  Among the city’s many attractions is the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.  O’Keeffe is arguably one of the most famous native New Mexican artists, and the museum is home to more than 1,000 of her pieces.  It represents the largest repository of work by O’Keeffe available to the public in a single institution.

The city has served as a hotbed for artists and writers.  Other than O’Keeffe, Santa Fe and its surrounding areas is or was the home of western nature photographer Eliot Porter and writers like D.H. Lawrence, Cormac McCarthy, Kate Braverman, Douglas Adams, Roger Zelazny, Alice Corbin Henderson, Mary Austin, George R.R. Martin, John Masters, Hampton Sides, Michael McGarrity, and Walker Percy.

The only professional sports team in Santa Fe is the Santa Fe Fuego of the Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs.  They began playing their home games at Fort Marcy Park in May of 2012.  The city hosts the annual Rodeo De Santa Fe during the last week of June.

Own a small business in the Santa Fe, New Mexico area?  Considering it?  These resources could help you:

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Business in Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce

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