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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 town in New Mexico with a population of 93,317. 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 suburban 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
93,317

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$178,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,118
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    22%
  • Own
    78%
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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
    120.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    1
    6.1
  • Rape
    16.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    33.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    309.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,502.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    229.9
    284
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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
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    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
$63,180
National
$55,322
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Rio rancho is amazing. Its very open, still offers lots to do, eat, explore. Has all the amenities that you would require and then more! Rio Rancho has lots of housing, lots of nice nice houses that are relatively affordable. If you like off-roading rio rancho has many "off the beaten path" trials! I have lived here my entire life, and it continues to grow and show me new things I personally have yet to explore.
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Rio Rancho is a safe, welcoming, and thriving community! Though of course, there is always room for growth, in which I would suggest more local and chain businesses to "tap" into the unlocked potential that is Rio Rancho to help stimulate community growth and involvement.
I moved to Rio Rancho back in February 1987. I bought my first house from Amrep Homes. It was built in Vista Hills. I lived there for 7 years. I moved to Arizona then Texas for 2 1/2 years. Moved back to Rio Rancho for approximately 2 years. I moved to Virginia for 9 months then moved back to Rio Rancho and bought my second house. I lived there for 6 years, then moved to Kentucky. I've been here in Kentucky for 13 years now and want to move back to Rio Rancho but this time to stay. Why did I mention my move history? To prove the point that New Mexico is truly the Land of Enchantment, especially in Rio Rancho. The climate, the food, the people, the elevation, the culture, the police department, the feeling of freedom and wide open spaces, the sunrises and sunsets. Rio Rancho has everything you need in one area. I miss everything about Rio Rancho. I plan to move back there in 2020 or sooner. You can bank on that.