City of Albuquerque

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abq-centralCentral Avenue in downtown Albuquerque.

Located in the heart of New Mexico, Albuquerque is a place where culture and history meet ideas and energy, sparking innovation and creating a one-of-a-kind experience. It’s an inclusive and diverse community that offers a little something for everyone. With over 300 days of sunshine, access to incredible outdoor recreation, and rare occurrence of natural disasters, it’s a great place to invest, work and live. Resting along the Rio Grande River Valley at the base of the Sandia Mountains, the scenic beauty of the city and its surrounding high desert landscape is unparalleled. The city also offers residents:

  • Over 200 parks, more than 80 miles of running and biking trails, and year round golf opportunities on more than 15 courses.
  • Excellent access to museums, theater, art galleries, restaurants, shopping and other cultural amenities.
  • A low cost of living and affordable housing stock.
  • Easy access to recreational opportunities throughout the state including: fishing, hunting, skiing, snowboarding, backpacking, camping and more.

In addition to being a world class location to live and play, Albuquerque is consistently recognized as one of the nation's best destinations for business. Albuquerque offers:

  • A highly educated workforce, growing creative class, population growth, and low operational costs.
  • Excellent business incentives and a pro-business attitude.
  • Easy access to market centers in the Southwest, Central and Western United States.
  • An active designated Foreign Trade Zone and a registered U.S. Port of Entry.
Albuquerque Downtown 500 Downtown Albuquerque.

The list below outlines key areas of the city, each of which has its own distinct collection of neighborhoods:

Downtown: Includes several historic districts. Recent development projects have brought a 14-screen movie theater, mixed-use housing, and the Lofts at Albuquerque High, all appealing to young professionals, artists, and empty nesters.

Northeast Heights: A large, attractive residential area nestled in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains providing access to walking and bicycling trails.

North Valley/I-25 corridor: Includes both the older, rural North Valley and new suburban housing. It's not unusual to find horse farms and large estates in the bosque, the area that borders the Rio Grande, and the adjoining Village of Los Ranchos.

Southeast: Home to Home to Kirtland Air Force Base.

South of the Sunport(Albuquerque’s international airport),  Mesa Del Sol a master-planned community offers housing to several thousand families.

The historic Nob Hill district also resides in the Southeast, well-known for its location along old Route 66 offering shopping, restaurants, nightlife, services, art and more.

The Albuquerque Country Club and Old Town areas are famous for their old-world charm, one-of-a-kind cultural assets and many special events.

West Mesa: Rapidly growing developments offer a large selection of recently built homes at affordable prices.

Albuquerque at a Glance

Days of Sunshine 304 (annual average)
Area 181.3 square miles
Population (2016 estimate) 647,601 (City of Albuquerque MCD) 908,252 (City of Albuquerque MSA CBSA)
MSA Labor Force Size (April 2016) 415,296
Median Age (2013 estimate) 37.7
Median Household Income (2013 estimate) $48,792
Cost of Living (3rd Quater 2015) 95.6

Largest Employers:

Target Industries

  • Aviation/Aerospace
  • Solar Technologies
  • Microelectronics
  • Biotechnology/Biomedical Research
  • IT/Software
  • Optics/Directed Energy Microsystems/Nanotechnology
  • Shared Service Operations



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To learn more about the benefits of doing business in Albuquerque, please contact Albuquerque Economic Development.

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809 Copper Avenue NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
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