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While Albuquerque is situated amid the deserts of New Mexico, it's well-known for being a great city for outdoor lovers. A surprisingly pleasant climate encourages locals to enjoy a large variety of parks in and around the city, as well as over half a dozen national parks. In short, Albuquerque is one of the most naturally beautiful cities in the country. Indeed, the city is rated among the top 50 places to live by US News.
With an area of 189 sq. miles, Albuquerque is about half the size of Dallas, Texas, and around two-thirds smaller than Phoenix, Arizona. It has a population of just over 559,200 residents, lending the city the vibe of a far smaller town.
Due to its desert location, Albuquerque is pretty far away from other major cities. Denver, CO is around 450 miles to the north, while Phoenix, AZ, is approximately 420 miles to the west. The Texas/Mexico/New Mexico border town of El Paso is around 270 miles south of Albuquerque. Meanwhile, Santa Fe, NM, is just 64 miles to the north and can typically be reached in just over an hour.
With a cool, semi-arid climate, Albuquerque enjoys rather pleasant weather considering its desert location. With low annual precipitation levels and at least 300 sunny days, the city spends around 15-20% of the year with temperatures exceeding 90℉. In winter, temperatures can reach freezing, though snow is extremely rare. Spring and fall are both enjoyable, with temperatures typically in the high 60s to low 80s.
A wealth of natural beauty is one of the biggest pros of living in Albuquerque, paired with stunning weather to enjoy it in. Over 25% of the city is covered in parks, more than any other metro in the US. Besides great weather and beautiful surroundings, the city is wonderfully diverse. Proximity to the Mexican border gives the city a large Hispanic community, resulting in an exciting and lively vibe and attractive dining options.
The City of Albuquerque Transit Department provides several local bus routes in and around the city. A one-way ticket on local lines will cost $1, while a monthly pass is just $30.
Additionally, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express Commuter Rail System is ideal for commuting from the suburbs into downtown or further out of the city. Fares are calculated by the number of zones traveled and tickets start at $2 for traveling in 1 zone, up to $10 for six zones. Albuquerque's metro is just 1 zone, making travel convenient and affordable. A full-fare annual ticket for this service would start at $385.
Eating out is pretty affordable in Albuquerque, with a meal at an inexpensive restaurant averaging around $15. A 3-course meal for two in a mid-range restaurant will generally cost about $50 and regular coffee averages out at $4.20.
For a 915 sq ft apartment, you can expect to pay around $146 per month on basic utilities. This includes water, heating, cooling, electricity and garbage disposal. For an internet connection, you should add around $70 per month.
The average rent for an apartment in Albuquerque is $990 per month.
The average apartment size in Albuquerque is 811 sq. ft.
Rent for a studio apartment in Albuquerque ranges between $455 and $1,515 per month.
Rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Albuquerque ranges between $555 and $3,734 per month.
Rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in Albuquerque ranges between $608 and $4,672 per month.
Rent for a 3-bedroom apartment in Albuquerque ranges between $693 and $4,839 per month.
By the number of employees, Albuquerque's major industries include manufacturing, energy (including solar and nuclear), aerospace and defense.
General Mills and Intel are among the biggest employers in Albuquerque, offering many jobs predominantly in their manufacturing plants. For military opportunities, Kirtland Air Force Base is a top employer, providing tens of thousands of jobs for civilians and military personnel alike.
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The University of New Mexico is the most prominent college in the city, offering one of the best medical schools in the country. There’s also Central New Mexico Community College, which provides shorter degree programs in a number of fields. The Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute caters to Native Americans, with students from over 120 tribes.
Over 25% of the city is dedicated to parks, so there's plenty of opportunities to enjoy nature both inside and outside the city. Albuquerque Biological Park is packed full of attractions, such as botanical gardens, a zoo, an aquarium and even a beach for boating and fishing. Rio Grande Nature Center State Park is another popular choice, while other outdoor areas of interest include La Luz Trail and Sandia Park.
The Albuquerque Isotopes is a minor league baseball team that is loved by the locals and the University of New Mexico's Lobos play in several college football, basketball and baseball leagues.
The main event in Albuquerque is the International Balloon Fiesta, which takes place each fall. The sky comes alive with hot-air balloons as enthusiasts from across the globe converge on the city. Indeed, it's become so popular that it is one of the most photographed events in the world.
Culture vultures have plenty to keep them entertained as there are tons of museums, monuments and education centers in the city. Among the top-rated are the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, and the Explora Science Center. To better understand the local history, it's well worth checking out the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.
While renters' rights are fairly well protected in Albuquerque, it's worth checking your tenancy agreement thoroughly before signing. If you break any aspect of your contract, such as delaying rent payment or causing damage to the unit, your landlord can give you 7-day notice to resolve the problem or leave. Landlords must issue this notice within 30-days of the situation arising. Once 7-days are up, you will be obliged to move out or face eviction. If you resolve the issue within 7-days, you can stay, but a repeat offense will result in a non-negotiable second 7-day notice period, after which you must vacate the premises.