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Overview

Introduction to Albuquerque, New Mexico

Located in west central New Mexico between the Sandia Mountains and the Rio Grande, Albuquerque is the largest city in the state. Founded in 1706 by the governor of New Mexico, Albuquerque was named after the Duke of Alburquerque (with an "r"), the viceroy of New Spain. The Santa Fe Trail in the early 1800s introduced settlers to the region; a US army post was established in 1846; the Santa Fe Railroad in late 1800s and the Route 66 highway in the 1900s spurred additional growth. Today, Albuquerque is a center for timber, livestock and farming, and a growing area for high-technology industries. The city is home to Intel's largest manufacturing facility. At Kirtland Air Force Base south of the city is Sandia National Laboratories, a center for electronic and industrial research run by the US Department of Energy. Other industries important to the economy include health services, banking and tourism. Because of Albuquerque's high technology and military industries, it is home to a large number of people with doctorate degrees, ranking in the top ten nationally in quantity of PhDs per capita for larger cities.

Albuquerque Culture

Albuquerque's culture is steeped in its past. There are many preserved pueblos in the area, including Taos Pueblo. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, located northwest of the city, showcases Pueblo languages, customs, art and food. The Petroglyph National Monument, about 10 miles northwest of the city, has thousands of prehistoric rock etchings created by Native Americans who initially inhabited the region. The Gathering of the Nations Powwow, held each April, offers Native American arts & crafts and dance competitions. The State Fair held each September includes rodeos Native American dances, livestock demonstrations, food and live music. Other area attractions include the Albuquerque Biological Park, Petroglyph National Monument, the National Atomic Museum and the Natural History Museum. The Sandia Mountains have caves containing remains of the continent's oldest humans.

Albuquerque Leisure and Outdoors

The city is home to minor league baseball's Isotopes, the AAA affiliate of the Florida Marlins. But with the natural splendor the area has to offer, why settle for spectator sports? Albuquerque is loaded with city-owned parks, with more than 1 park for every square mile. Just 10 miles north of the city is the Sandia Lakes Recreation Area, with three great fishing lakes. The Sandia Peak Ski Area, about a half-hour away, has 26 slopes and more than 20 miles of trails for cross-country skiing. The 10,300-ft summit is accessible via a 2.7-mile aerial tramway that offers scenic views of the area. The 7-mile La Luz Trail to the top of the Sandias is excellent for hiking, with views of desert, forest and the city. Hot air ballooning is another popular and readily-available way to take in the great views. Albuquerque is a popular destination for golfers as there are 14 courses in and around the city.

Agreeable Albuquerque

The Albuquerque area's agreeable climate, charming Spanish influence, strong economy and cultural attractions make it a haven for students, young professionals and other transplanted Americans from the East Coast. This diversity contributes to a nightlife that offers something for every taste. Santa Fe, just 55 miles away, offers additional options.

People

Total Population 556,092
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 13.2%
Employed Population 16+ 257,047
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 42.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 33.5%
Median Earnings25+ $33,537
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,276
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,348

Wealth

Median Family Income $59,513
% Above Poverty Level 80.8%
% Below Poverty Level 19.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.5%
% Using Public Transportation 2%

Housing

People Living Alone 33%
Median Gross Rent $799
Median House Value $185,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 57.6%
US/American 0.1%
English 6.4%
Irish 7.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Albuquerque Almanac

Category Value
County Bernalillo
Metro Area Albuquerque
Standard Zip Codes 87101, 87102, 87104, 87105, 87106, 87107, 87108, 87109, 87110, 87111, 87112, 87113, 87114, 87115, 87116, 87118, 87120, 87121, 87122, 87123, 87124, 87144
P.O. Box Zip Codes 87103, 87119, 87125, 87153, 87154, 87174, 87176, 87181, 87184, 87185, 87187, 87190, 87191, 87192, 87193, 87194, 87195, 87196, 87197, 87198, 87199
Company Zip Codes 87117, 87131, 87151, 87158
Phone Area Codes 505
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.084
Longitude -106.65

Albuquerque Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ALBUQUERQUE INTL AP
Distance 3.7 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 48 F
Apr Temp 41 to 71 F
Jul Temp 65 to 92 F
Oct Temp 44 to 71 F
Annual Precip 9.4 inches
Station STANLEY 1 NNE
Distance 39.1 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 43 F
Apr Temp 31 to 65 F
Jul Temp 54 to 87 F
Oct Temp 33 to 68 F
Annual Precip 13.7 inches
Station SANTA FE 2
Distance 52.7 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 43 F
Apr Temp 32 to 64 F
Jul Temp 54 to 86 F
Oct Temp 35 to 66 F
Annual Precip 14.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Albuquerque, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Alameda (87184, 87114)

Five Points (87121)

Los Padillas (87105)

Los Ranchos de Albuquerque (87107, 87114)

Manzano Base (87115)

Panorama Heights (87124)

Rancho West (87124)

Sandia Base (87115, 87116)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bernalillo 8,522 $49,342
Bosque Farms 3,864 $69,271
Corrales 8,455 $94,238
Rio Rancho 91,807 $69,979
Tijeras 530 $87,321

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Albuquerque Public Libraries

Library
Albuquerque/bernalillo County Library System
501 COPPER AVE. NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico
(505) 768-5100
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Albuquerque Hospitals

LOVELACE MEDICAL CENTER - DOWNTOWN
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
601 DR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE NE
(505) 727-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

HEART HOSPITAL OF NEW MEXICO
(Proprietary)
504 ELM STREET NE
(505) 724-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1100 CENTRAL AVE SE
(505) 841-1443
Emergency Service: Yes

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO HOSPITAL
(Government - State)
2211 LOMAS BOULEVARD NE
(505) 272-2111
Emergency Service: Yes

LOVELACE MEDICAL CENTER (GIBSON)
(Government - State)
5400 GIBSON BLVD SE
(505) 262-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

LOVELACE WOMEN'S HOSPITAL
(Government - State)
4701 MONTGOMERY BLVD NE
(505) 727-7800
Emergency Service: No

PRESBYTERIAN KASEMAN HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
8300 CONSTITUTION AVENUE NE
(505) 291-2114
Emergency Service: Yes

LOVELACE WESTSIDE HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
10501 GOLF COURSE ROAD NW
(505) 727-7001
Emergency Service: Yes

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Albuquerque High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

CIBOLA HIGH
1510 ELLISON DRIVE NW
505-897-0110
Serves 2,788 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.7

WEST MESA HIGH
6701 FORTUNA RD. NW
505-831-6993
Serves 2,586 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.4

ELDORADO HIGH
11300 MONTGOMERY NE
505-296-4871
Serves 2,222 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.4

LA CUEVA HIGH
7801 WILSHIRE NE
505-823-2327
Serves 2,151 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.4

SANDIA HIGH
7801 CANDELARIA NE
505-294-1511
Serves 2,144 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.2

VALLEY HIGH
1505 CANDELARIA RD. NW
505-345-9021
Serves 1,992 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

MANZANO HIGH
12200 LOMAS BLVD. NE
505-292-0090
Serves 1,975 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.2

HIGHLAND HIGH
4700 COAL AVENUE SE
505-265-3711
Serves 1,967 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

RIO GRANDE HIGH
2300 ARENAL ROAD SW
505-873-0220
A Title I School.
Serves 1,899 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

ALBUQUERQUE HIGH
800 ODELIA RD. NE
505-843-6400
Serves 1,755 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

DEL NORTE HIGH
5323 MONTGOMERY BLVD. NE
505-883-7222
Serves 1,605 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

CHARTER VOC HIGH SCH
1011 LAMBERTON PLACE NE
505-341-0888
A Vocational School
A Charter School.
Serves 429 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.7

ACADEMY PERFORMING A
4665 INDIAN SCHOOL R NE
505-262-4888
A Charter School.
Serves 261 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.1

NEW FUTURES SCHOOL
5400 CUTLER NE
505-883-5680
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 255 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.4

SW LEARNING CNT. CHA
9904 MONTGOMERY BLVD. NE
505-296-7677
A Charter School.
Serves 251 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23

SCHOOL ON WHEELS HIG
129 HARTLINE SW
505-247-0489
A Non-traditional School
Serves 225 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

CESS
725 UNIVERSITY SE
505-243-4493
A Non-traditional School
Serves 222 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

SOUTH VALLEY CHARTER
3426 BLAKE SW
505-877-3150
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 213 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.3

FREEDOM HIGH
2332 SAN MATEO PLACE NE
505-884-6012
A Non-traditional School
Serves 213 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.4

RALPH J BUNCHE ACADEMY
8300 PHOENIX NE
505-899-3349
A Charter School.
Serves 209 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.2

DIAGNOSTIC CENTER
2700 ARIZONA NE
505-842-8211
A Special Education School
Serves 207 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.5

R. KENNEDY CHARTER
1511 CENTRAL NE
505-243-1118
A Charter School.
Serves 207 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.6

HOME HOSPITAL
2611 EUBANK NE
505-298-6752
A Non-traditional School
Serves 196 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.6

LEARNING COMM. CHART
4575 SAN MATEO BLVD. NE
505-235-5540
A Charter School.
Serves 167 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

ALBUQUERQUE EVENING
800 ODELIA ROAD NE
505-247-4200
Serves 157 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.4

LOS PUENTES CHARTER
1130 GRIEGOS NW
505-342-5959
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 116 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.6

SIERRA ALTERNATIVE H
2611 EUBANK NE
505-296-6708
A Non-traditional School
Serves 116 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.6

HOGARES ALTERNATIVE
1218 GRIEGOS RD. NW
505-345-3911
A Non-traditional School
Serves 97 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.1

BERNALILLO CTY JDC
5100 2ND ST. NW
505-842-8211
A Non-traditional School
Serves 94 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.7

CAREER ENRICHMENT CN
807 MOUNTAIN ROAD NE
505-247-3658
A Non-traditional School
A Magnet School.
Serves 29 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 1

COUNTY DETENTION CNT
401 ROMA NW
505-842-8211
A Non-traditional School
Serves 21 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.5

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