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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B-
Rio Rancho is a suburb of Albuquerque with a population of 94,765. Rio Rancho is in Sandoval County and is one of the best places to live in New Mexico. Living in Rio Rancho offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. In Rio Rancho there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Rio Rancho and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Rio Rancho are highly rated.
About Rio Rancho...
Population
94,765

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$184,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,106
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    23%
  • Own
    77%
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Rio Rancho 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
    134.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    3
    6.1
  • Rape
    32.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    20.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    262.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,091
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    129.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    38%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Rio Rancho

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$63,014
National
$55,322
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We've lived in a lot of places and Rio Rancho has been our favorite. We've had great experiences with the school (our kids go to MLK). We've noticed that the police have a presence here in the community which makes it feel much safer than ABQ. Our neighbors are very friendly and welcoming, as well as the community at school. Our kids have been involved in sports and music since we've moved here and they love everything about it. We have tons of parks in a two mile radius, including a dog park. That's another thing, everyone seems to have a dog! I love that. We've also taken advantage of the aquatic center and the library. Those are some great amenities. There seems to be a ton of community pools all over the city. There has been a lot of roadwork and beautification projects. I really believe that they have the resident's best interest at heart.
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There are a lot of factors that make Rio Rancho a mediocre place to live. It's extremely large, and if you live far west or far north, the drive to central or east Albuquerque can take 1-1/2 hours because there are no diagonal roads across Rio Rancho. You need to drive at least 20 minutes to get to the closest shopping plaza or restaurant. Stores, restaurants, and professional businesses are mostly national chains. Rio Rancho is completely unwalkable. Most of the housing clusters all look alike, sandstone colored stucco as far as the eye can see. Most of the land is sandy pulverized clay and it's not quite stable enough for home construction, many home owners have had their foundations crack in half due to shifting dirt. You'll spend most of your day driving. There are very, very few parks or civic plazas. Sure, you can get a home at a good price, but it won't appreciate in value much because there are so many unsold homes with nothing special to distinguish them. Choose carefully.
I Loved living in Rio Rancho I'm sorry I had to leave . The weather was beautiful, nice people, very diversified and lots of beautiful places to go within a short drive. A big problem is there are not many decent paying jobs, simply no growth at all. Unless you work in the medical field, have call center experience or work in the hospitality business or no someone in high places you're out of luck! So unless you're retiring or are independently wealthy don't move there.