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Santa Fe, Texas

Santa Fe (Spanish: santa—holy, fe—faith) is a city in Galveston County, Texas, United States. The town is named for the Santa Fe Railroad (now part of BNSF Railway) which runs through the town alongside State Highway 6.

Historical development

The community grew after the Santa Fe Railway was built outside the area in 1877. Just over a century later, in 1978, the residents here voted to become incorporated. By the 1980s, Santa Fe annexed the towns of Arcadia and Alta Loma.


Santa Fe is located at 29°22′50″N 95°6′15″W / 29.38056°N 95.10417°W / 29.38056; -95.10417. The area was initially coastal prairie. Early improvements included converting the lands to grazing and rice production. Some "truck farms" became popular forms of income. However lately, housing development in the area is slowly consuming lands formerly used for agriculture.

Santa Fe is 17.3 square miles (44.9 km2), of which 17.1 square miles (44.4 km2) is land and 0.19 square miles (0.5 km2) is water.


As of the census of 2010, there were 12,222 people and 4,564 households residing in the city. The population density was 682.5 people per square mile (275.31/km²). There were 4,957 housing units at an average density of 289.2 per square mile (111.66/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.8% White, 0.4% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 3.3% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race was 11.6% of the population.

Of the 4,564 households, 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.7% were married couples, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.7% were non-families. 27.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.03.


The city is served by the Santa Fe Independent School District.

The schools in the city include:

* R.J. Wollam Elementary School (Pre-K through 1)
* Dan J. Kubacak Elementary (3rd through 5th)
* Santa Fe Junior High School (6th through 8th)
* Santa Fe High School (9th through 12th)

All of Santa Fe is served by the College of the Mainland and Galveston College.


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