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  1. Public Schools
    B
  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
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Albuquerque is a city in New Mexico with a population of 559,202. Albuquerque is in Bernalillo County and is one of the best places to live in New Mexico. Living in Albuquerque offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Albuquerque there are a lot of coffee shops and 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
559,202

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$193,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$855
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
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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
    913.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    12.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    85.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    353.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,138.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,860
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    1,180.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    16%
    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
    10%
    13%

Working in Albuquerque

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$51,128
National
$55,322
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Albuquerque, New Mexico is a special place because it is culturally and ethnically diverse. A melting pot where Native American, Mexican, Spanish, and American cultures come together. The geography surrounding Albuquerque is like none-other, with the Sandia Mountains as it back drop to the east, the Rio Grande river flows straight through the city, and the Petroglyph National Monument to the west. Albuquerque is one of America's cities with the most parks! Spend a day at Robinson Park playing disc golf, take one of the cities hundreds of miles of bike paths to the Rio Grande Bosque, and finish the day watching the breathtaking sunset in the foothills of the Sandias.
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Albuquerque is great! I plan to raise my family here, because I love it so much. When we were researching moving out here 3 years ago, everything we read online was that ABQ was just a horrible crime ridden area, and while there are some tough parts of town, nothing could be further from the truth. The community here is very friendly and family friendly, and I love all the diversity and culture in the city. If I could pick anywhere to live during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic it would be ABQ. The Mayor, public health officials, and community at large has done and excellent job at protecting one another and helping one another during this very difficult time. I also love all the various beautiful locations across the state that are just a short drive away. Overall this city is extremely family friendly and beautiful. I am so very glad that we didn't turn down the opportunity to live in this awesome city because of all the negative reviews we read about online. I give Albuquerque a 10/10
I love Albuquerque! The access to the Rio Grande bosque trails, from the running trails along the Sandia foothills, to the petroglyphs in the West Mesa, Albuquerque is visually stunning. It also have a vibrant culture, including Old Town, Down Town, and recent soccer team of United New Mexico calling Albuquerque it's home. The climate is incredible, most of the year has perfect temperatures. Politically, the state has a good balance of conservative and liberal ideologies, with a good mix of anything in between. Finally, this city has an excellent cultural blend of peoples from different backgrounds and walks of life.