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  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Albuquerque is a city in New Mexico with a population of 556,859. Albuquerque is in Bernalillo County. Living in Albuquerque offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Albuquerque there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Albuquerque and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Albuquerque are above average.
About Albuquerque...
Population
556,859

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$185,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$816
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    41%
  • Own
    59%
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Albuquerque Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    750
    283
  • Murder
    12
    6
  • Rape
    84
    41
  • Robbery
    522
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,246
    500
  • Theft
    4,751
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    1,369
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$48,127
National
$55,322
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

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Albuquerque is a very interesting place to live because of the unique culture that resides here! We have our own language and dialect of both Spanish and English and we definitely love to combine them together and make our own language! Albuquerque is the home to the hit show "Breaking Bad" and is featured in many movies today, but we are so much more that what they show on the big screen. We have breath taking sunsets where our mountains and clouds change to various hues of pink, purple and orange. We have clean air, hot summers and warm winters. We have beautiful hiking trails and various national parks that include volcano remains, ancient pueblos of indigenous people, and trails through our many mountain ranges. And the FOOD! We have some of the tastiest New Mexican cuisine here and our green chile is what we are known for! Albuquerque is a small city compared to most but has big things to see! It is definitely a place that I am glad to call home.
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Albuquerque is a lovely, diverse town. It has really great weather, lots of hiking, and wonderful food. The Balloon Festival every October is a highlight! Watching the balloons the rest of the year makes fo4 fun mornings. You can travel pretty easily to many places from here by road or air. Hop up to Santa Fe for a weekend and see the lovely adobe architecture and churches. The local colleges offer plenty of opportunities to expand your career or hobbies. Plenty of fresh produce from close locations makes for a colorful palette of flavors. Local stores with plenty of shopping are a definite plus. The drivers are quite interesting, be defensive and careful. The Sandra’s are a beautiful backdrop to this vibrant city!
Albuquerque is a larger city, but not as big as cities like Denver or Dallas. There is an international airport that can get you to destinations very conveniently and inexpensive. The cit of Albuquerque is easy to get around with I-40 running East to West and I-25 running North to South, getting across the city usually takes about 20 minutes depending on traffic. This is an outdoor activity paradise! The Rio Grande river runs through the city and offers miles of trails. The Sandia Mountains and foothills have hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, hunting, a ski area, snow shoeing, hang gliding, and the worlds longest tramway! The biggest downside to Albuquerque is safety. There is a lot of gang activity, dangerous homeless population with "mental health disorders", and the worst gang in the city if the Police Department. Otherwise, this is an amazing city to live, work, and play! There is always something to do, something to see, something new to eat.