Jobs in Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
Santa Fe is a city located in the US state of New Mexico. With a population of around 84,000 it is only the fourth largest city in the state. It does however serve as the state capital.
Founded in 1610, it is the oldest state capital in the US.
A Tourist City…
Santa Fe is a city quite unlike many in the US, as it not laid out to the typical grid style common in the vast majority of American cities. Rather, the city was initially planned around a central plaza, with all streets fanning out from there.
The city’s more modern architecture is in the style of Spanish Pueblo Revival. The city took the decision in 1912 that all new buildings must be in this style. Today this ruling still broadly holds, especially in the more historically significant parts of the town.
Aside from its architecture, the city is also well known as a center for the arts, and has been named a UNESCO Creative City. Santa Fe therefore contains a wide number of galleries and art museums covering everything from Contemporary to Native American Art.
The historic downtown is popular with locals and tourists alike, whist the climate and surrounding environment and city parks are perfect for outdoor recreation all year round with hot summers and cool, dry winters.
The city has also been singled out as a particularly good place to retire to, being named in various retirement Top 10 lists by CBS MoneyWatch and U.S News.
- Median Age: 42.5
- Median Household Income: $50,737
- Median Property Value: $259,600
- Cost of Living: 15% higher than state average, 8% higher than national average
- Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
- Crime Rate: 48% higher than national average
… With a Tourist Industry
Tourism is huge to the city, with around 1.5 million people visiting every year, and it has been calculated this industry brings in around $1 billion per year. It is therefore no surprise that industries connected to the tourist trade are huge employers here. Accommodation and Food Service roles account for 12% of the workforce here, with the Retail Trade being almost 13% of the jobs.
The city’s role as the state capital means there are significant Government related jobs in the city too, and around 9% of the jobs here are in Public Administration of one sort or another.
Healthcare (12%) and Education (9%) are both big employers, befitting a large city that is also a state capital.
Professional, Scientific and Tech Services is also a big employer here, with 12% of jobs in this sector. This is mainly due to the close proximity of Los Alamos National Laboratory, one of the largest research laboratories in the US.
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