Santa Fe

Santa Fe is an incorporated community on State Highway 6 and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe line sixteen miles northwest of Galveston in west central Galveston County. Though the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway was constructed through the area in 1877, the community nonetheless grew slowly. The 1936 county highway map showed a school, a few businesses, and scattered dwellings at the townsite. Santa Fe was incorporated on January 21, 1978, and its population grew from 5,413 in 1982 to 6,172 in 1986, when it reported fifty-seven businesses. In 1990 the town had an estimated 8,628 residents and seventy businesses. By the 1980s the towns of Arcadia and Alta Loma had been absorbed into Santa Fe.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Santa Fe is classified as a Town

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  • (Alta Loma)
  • (Arcadia)


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Population Counts

Santa Fe
Pop. Year Source
13,624 2019 Texas Demographic Center
12,222 2010 Texas Demographic Center
9,548 2000 Texas Demographic Center
8,429 1990 Texas Demographic Center
5,413 1980 Texas Demographic Center