City of Rio Rancho / Sandoval County

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hp-ribbon-cuttingHewlett Packard in Rio Rancho. Located in Sandoval County, with a portion of the city extending in to northern Bernalillo County, Rio Rancho boasts a business-friendly location characterized by low crime rates, a high-performing public education system, and excellent quality of life. Rio Rancho residents enjoy:

  • A mild four-season climate
  • A low cost of living well below the national average and a diverse and affordable housing stock
  • Easy access to the greater Metro region, Santa Fe and outdoor recreation throughout the state
  • A championship 27-hole golf course and access to 10 other courses within a 30 minute drive

Incorporated in 1981, Rio Rancho is currently the State's fastest-growing and third-largest city. Nicknamed the 'City of Vision,' Rio Rancho offers:

  • An impressive pro-business attitude
  • A new City Center serving as the hub of activity and business, and home to the new City Hall, Star Events Center, Intel Corp., Hewlett-Packard, UNM West and CNM campuses, and UNM Medical Center and teaching hospital
  • A variety of incentives and training programs for businesses including: Fast Track Building Permits, Impact Fee Waivers, IRB's, High Wage Jobs Tax Credits and more

In addition:

Rio Rancho at a Glance

Area 104 square miles
Population (2013 estimate) 92,631
Labor Force Size (August 2013) 56,140 (Sandoval County)
Median Age (2013 estimate) 36.2 
Median Household Income (2013 estimate)


Cost of Living (2nd quater 2013) 92.8

Largest Employers

rr-soccer-fieldA view of the Sandia Mountains from Rio Rancho.

Target Industries

  • Manufacturing
  • Backoffice and Call Center Operations
  • Information Technology
  • Solar and Green Technology
  • Digital Media and Film


  • Air: Albuquerque International Sunport and the Double Eagle II general aviation airport are located less than 40 minutes from Rio Rancho
  • Ground: Close proximity to Interstates 25 & 40, major in town thoroughfares include NM 550 and NM 528
  • Train, Commuter: The NM RailRunner Express connects the entire region, from Santa Fe (60 miles north) and Belen (35 miles south)


  • Rio Rancho offers a diverse housing stock ranging from affordable new single family homes to high end residential developments
  • The average sales price for a single family home is an affordable $171,307(2nd quater 2013)


Additional Resources


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


Albuquerque Economic Development Village of Los Lunas Sandoval Economic Alliance Estancia Valley Economic Development Mid-Region Council of Governments
New Mexico Gas Company PNM Belen Economic Development Corporation NAIOP

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809 Copper Avenue NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
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