Santa Fe : New mexico

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What Santa Fe is like for active adults

Santa Fe, New Mexico, population 71,800, is one of the top cultural destinations in the world.  Known for its art and music, Santa Fe was selected by Money Magazine as one of the  “Best Places to Live”.  The population growth of people aged 50+ has grown recently by 20%. 

Located at 7000 feet in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Santa Fe offers a unique climate for active adults 55 plus – high enough to be near some good skiing, yet southern enough to have a year-round livable climate. It offers awe-inspiring vistas of mountains, canyons, and gorges. Plus it has a rich Indian and Spanish history – Santa Fe is the oldest European community west of the Mississippi. It was founded as the capital of New Mexico by Coronado in 1515.  Santa Fe has great museums and restaurants, in addition to being one of the art capitals of America. The city bills itself as the “City Different”.

For more information on taxes see what it is like to retire in New Mexico

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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

Santa Fe is a very desirable retirement community with a robust housing market. There are  55+ developments as well any number of affluent neighborhoods to live in. Average prices are quite high compared to the rest of the U.S., although they dipped to just under $450,000 in late 2012, according to City-Data.com. Zillow.com reported a Home Value Index of $246,000 in early 2013.

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What is special about this retirement community
• Santa Fe Opera and its outside amphitheatre • Santa Fe Desert Chorale • Santa Fe Museum of Art and Museum of Art Laguna Gloria • Over 300 art galleries and over a dozen museums • Georgia O’Keefe Museum • Outdoor and wilderness activities of every description are very close. Santa Fe is one of Topretirements best retirement cities for arts (winning the Fine Arts category).
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What is not special about this retirement community

 Santa Fe is so desirable that is has become expensive; with an altitude of 7000 feet newcomers might experience altitude sickness.

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What kinds of people like retiring here

People who like living in the mountains and who enjoy the outdoors and a vibrant art scene.  Santa Fe has an international feeling to it.
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Local economy is driven by
Tourism and real estate are the drivers in Santa Fe. For help on finding other of the 100 best places to retire
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Climate and Physical Environment

Santa Fe is in north central New Mexico, 58 miles to the north of Albuquerque. At 7000 feet,  the town has considerable altitude in the Rocky Mountains.  Winter temperatures are cold at night but warming up in the day.  The average summer temp is about 70.

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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
Santa Fe has a very rich cultural palette. The Santa Fe Opera venue is an amphitheatre in a gorgeous setting, it runs June through Augusts. There is an annual Chamber Music Festival along with other musical and performing arts organizations. Art is taken very seriously in Santa Fe as well – just think, Georgia O’Keeefe lived and worked here. Canyon Road, east of the Plaza, has the highest concentration of art galleries in the city, and is a major destination for international collectors, tourists and locals.
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Crime
The crime rate is above average in Santa Fe (10 murders in 2008).
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Medical facilities
There are 2 hospitals in town, the PHS Indian Hospital and St. Vincent.
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Transportation

Albuquerque International Airport is 62 miles away. There is public bus service within town and local rail service within the region.  Dale Ball Trails is a 30 mile network of trails for walkers and bikers. As a walkable community, Santa Fe is about average when compared to other towns.

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Valuable Links
Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Bureau
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What people are saying about Santa Fe

great article about the santa fe scene
Dont miss this NY Times article about what Santa Fe is like http://travel.nytimes.com/2010/02/07/travel/07santafe.html
Posted by topretirementseditor on February 06, 2010

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Facts about SANTA FE
  • State: NM
  • Environment: College Town,Mountain,Desert,Cultural Center,Biking Community,Equestrian,Resort Community,
  • City Population: 50,001-100,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $300,001-$500,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Culture Index: 121+ (very high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: jfb

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