Best Cities 2010: Albuquerque, NM

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Best Cities 2010: Albuquerque, NM

With deep Hispanic roots, Albuquerque is perfect for young families with high rankings in education and recreation.

City: Albuquerque

State: New Mexico

Best Cities Overall Rank: 31

About Albuquerque: The Flamenco Program at the University  of New Mexico is the only one in the country.

Albuquerque’s deep Hispanic roots are evident in the historic buildings that still stand, such as Old Town Albuquerque, and neighborhoods like Martineztown. The city is simply divided into four quadrants — NE, NW, SE, SW — with a diverse mix of homes as well as small ranches and agricultural and rural areas. It’s perfect for young families as Albuquerque ranks high in the preschool and recreation arena. With a parkland acreage of 31,285, families are not short of active outdoor activities such as biking and hiking paths. Sites, museums, and renowned arts programs lend this city a plethora of culture.

County: Bernalillo

Population: 521,999

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitor’s bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Albuquerque Journal

Albuquerque blogs: No Points for Style, Gia’s OutPost, Albuquerque on the Cheap

Albuquerque‘s Facebook page: Follow Albuquerque on Facebook

Albuquerque‘s Twitter page: Follow Albuquerque on Twitter 


Education rank: 76

High School graduation rate 2008: 63.2%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 5

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0.96

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 44

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 8.43

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 254

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 15.1

Total Expenditures Per Student: $9,431


Health rank: 29

Quality children’s hospitals: 2

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.38

Quality Pediatricians: 4

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0.77

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 1.33


Safety rank: 49

Violent Crimes, 2008: 4718

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 903.83

Sex Offenders: 657

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 125.86


Economy rank: 29

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 21           

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 8.9      

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 672.33

Median Home List Price: $204,900                                       


Recreation Rank:  2

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 31,286       

Parkland per 100,000: 5993.50