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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

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

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

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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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.
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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.
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.