B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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-

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%

Albuquerque Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    685
    283
  • Murder
    11
    6
  • Rape
    72
    41
  • Robbery
    348
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,110
    500
  • Theft
    4,377
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    1,373
    284

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 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!
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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.
I've lived in Albuquerque for my entire life and honestly, I love it. There's almost never any traffic and you can get almost anywhere in under 20 minutes. If that isn't good enough the mountains are in your backyard and provide beautiful scenery wherever you are. The mountains are also a wonderful place to hike or run in almost all year round. Finally, Albuquerque has tons of local shops that are cute and fun including clothing shops, food trucks, and, my personal favorite, smoothie shops!