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Looking for the best place in America to retire? Santa Fe was recently chosen by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the top 10 best places to retire across the entire world.
The Conde Nast report cites a study by the US News & World Report ranking Santa Fe as one of the top 10 places to “reinvent your life in retirement.”
What makes Santa Fe such a special retirement haven? It’s the combination of the history, the weather, and the laid-back lifestyle. Here are just a few of the reasons why more Americans are choosing to retire in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Why Retire in Santa Fe New Mexico?
Santa Fe is sunny 283 days (average) of the year, there are 250 art galleries and 12 museums, the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains are nearby, and the population is perfect at 83,000.
The Santa Fe Weather:
First and most importantly, retirees love Santa Fe for the weather. It’s sunny for 283 days a year here, on average, with a summer average high of around 82 degrees. Living in a desert, humidity is relatively low: so you won’t get the hot, sticky summers found in other parts of the country.
There also isn’t much precipitation: the average rainfall across the United States is 37 inches of rain per year. In Santa Fe, we get 14 inches of rain per year.
Ultimately, the weather is mild year-round with limited snow during the winter and mild heat during the summer. At an altitude of 7,000 feet, most Santa Fe residents don’t need air conditioning – a ceiling fan does the trick.
As some residents like to explain, we have four seasons here with no extremes in any season. So if you like mild temperatures while still enjoying the passing of the seasons, Santa Fe’s weather can be very desirable.