Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico and home to the International Balloon Fiesta. Albuquerque is the sixth fastest-growing city in America (CNNMoney.com, 2007) and is situated mostly between the Sandia Mountains to its East and the Rio Grande River on its Western side offering, in many locations, breathtaking views of the mountains and city.
New Mexicans enjoy the dry climate with over 300 days of sunshine a year and four distinctive seasons. The pleasant climate makes for great outdoor leisure opportunites. The City's Golf Courses are generally open 365 days of the year. Albuquerque is great for outdoor enthusiasts with its numerous bike paths, hiking trails, and abundance of city parks. As a matter of fact, Men's Fitness Magazine rated Albuquerque as "The Fittest City in the US" in 2007 and Walkscore.com ranked it 28th for the most walkable city in 2011.
Albuquerque is divided into four quadrants. The Northeast quadrant is the Heights area where you'll find the "foothills neighborhoods" of High Desert and Tanoan, averaging not only higher in elevation but pricing as well, compared to the rest of the city. The Southeast area is home to the Four Hills neighborhood, enjoying its own Country Club and golfing. The Southwest area encompasses a broad rural and agricultural region, steeped in history. The Northwest area showcases the large Cottonwood Mall and a growing commercial hub that is bordered to the Northwest by the City of Rio Rancho.
Forbes ranked Albuquerque as the "Best City for Business Careers" in 2006. So it's no surprise that Albuquerque is home to many sizable employers, including Sandia National Laboratories, Kirtland Air Force Base, the University of New Mexico (UNM), Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), Albuquerque Public Schools (APS), the State of New Mexico, Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM), Bank of Albuquerque, and TempurPedic, to name just a few.
Albuquerque is widely-known for its healthcare system. Here, you'll find the Presbyterian and Heart Hospitals, the UNM Cancer Research & Treatment Center, the UNM Carrie Tingley Hospital, and the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute.
Sports fans will love following the action of the UNM Lobos, an NCAA Division team, and the Albuquerque Isotopes, a minor league team of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Transportation resources abound. ABQ RIDE offers a variety of bus routes, including Rapid Ride express bus service with wireless Internet access. The Albuquerque International Sunport is the largest commercial airport in the state, handling just under 6,000,000 passengers in 2009.
Entertainment is the name of the game! The Albuquerque Biopark encompasses the Rio Grande Zoo, Rio Grande Botanic Garden, Tingley Beach, and the Albuquerque Aquarium. Other things to do include the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Explora, Popejoy Performing Arts, and the ABQ Little Theatre. Or take a day shopping at the City's Malls, including Cottonwood, Coronado, and the new ABQ Uptown Mall, a very upscale and trendy outdoor Mall!
Albuquerque's vibrant business climate is responsible for the development of Albuquerque Studios. Albuquerque has been featured in many movies and television shows, including "Breaking Bad" and "In Plain Sight."
So, don't make Bugs Bunny's mistake and "take a left toin at Albukoykee!" Stop and make Albuquerque your home!
• Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico.
• Albuquerque is the sixth fastest-growing city in America. (CNNMoney.com, 2007)
• New Mexicans enjoy the dry climate with over 300 days of sunshine a year.
• Men's Fitness Magazine rated Albuquerque as "The Fittest City in the US" in 2007.
• Walkscore.com ranked Albuquerque 28th for the most walkable city in 2011.
• Forbes ranked Albuquerque as the "Best City for Business Careers" in 2006.
• Albuquerque Studios has featured Albuquerque in many movies and television shows, including "Breaking Bad" and "In Plain Sight."