Best Neighborhoods in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico and the county seat of Bernalillo. Albuquerque borders the Rio Grande. According to the 2010 US Census, Albuquerque has 545,852 residents. Approximately half of the residents of New Mexico are said to live in Albuquerque. Albuquerque is considered one of the fastest growing cities in the United Sates. Forbes Magazine rated Albuquerque the best city in America for business and careers in 2006 and the 13th best (out of 200 metro areas) in 2008.

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Average High - 76.1, Average Low - 35.7


Basketball - Thunderbirds (NBA D League)

Baseball - Isotopes (AAA- PCL)

Hockey - Mustangs (NAHL)

Crime Rate

The crime rate in Albuquerque is relatively high; however, outside the metropolitan area the crime rate is significantly lower.

Top Neighborhoods

High Desert is a master planned neighborhood in the far northeast of Albuquerque. High Desert is one of the most affluent communities in Albuquerque. At over 6,000 feet in elevation, High Desert is also one of the highest elevation neighborhoods. There are a number of amenities available to the residents of High Desert including hiking and biking trails. High Desert has over 20 subdivisions with homes averaging 4,000 square feet. There are both private and public schools for families in the area to take advantage of.

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Gold Street is a neighborhood in Albuquerque that rests almost center of the city in the Southeast quadrant. Gold Street is noted for its unique proud and colorful residents of urban Albuquerque. With a University of New Mexico campus, University Stadium, isotopes and The Pit, in the neighborhood, Gold Street has a lot to offer the community. There are two major hospitals in the community; specifically, Presbyterian Hospital and the University of New Mexico Hospital. Gold Street is a mixed commercial and residential district and the commercial section helps to economically support the entire community. Gold Street and the Famed "Frontier Restaurant" are distinctly urban and a hub of activity for Gold Street and the entire community.

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Northeast Quadrant is a community that has been experiencing a great deal of expansion for more than four decades. Positioned against the base of the Sandia Mountains, the Northeast Quadrant contains portions of the foothills neighborhoods which are more expensive then the remainder of the quadrant. Some of these neighborhoods include Albuquerque Acres, Tanoan, Sandia Heights High Desert, Sandia Heights, and North Albuquerque. The Northeast Quadrant is the largest quadrant in Albuquerque by both population and geography. The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque Academy, Balloon Fiesta Park, Journal Center ABQ Uptown, Coronado Center and the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology are all nestled in this quadrant.

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Northwest Quadrant is a community that contains the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and Old Town Albuquerque. The Northwest Quadrant has a mixture of low to middle income neighborhoods as well as commercial districts. Northwest Albuquerque includes the largest section of downtown, the woodlands, Double Eagle II Airport, The Rio Grande Nature Center State Park and Cottonwood Mall. The North Valley section of the community housing stock ranges from ranch homes to relatively expensive homes. The Westside of the quadrant is more distinctively suburban. Some of the newer developments include Ladera West, Paradise Greens, Ventana Ranch, Volcano Cliffs, Eagle Ranch, ranch Sereno La Luz and Grande Heights.

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Southeast Quadrant is a community Isotopes Park- a minor league baseball stadium, University Stadium, Albuquerque, Albuquerque Studios, Mesa del Sol, the Albuquerque International Sunport, Kirtland Air Force Base, and Sandia Science and Technology Park. Four Hills is an exclusive community in the Southeast Quadrant, and some of the remainder of the quadrant seems to be going through an urban renewal process. Housing stock in the southeast quadrant are varied in style and pricing. There are available public and private schools that family can choose from.

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Southwest Quadrant is a community that has consistently been more rural and agricultural then the other quadrants. The Southwest quadrant, referred to by locals as "the Valley" extends to the Isleta Indian Reservation. The Indian Reservation provides small town living amidst urban sprawl. Much of the traditional Isleta ways of living are maintained in the community. Additionally, the Southwest Quadrant includes the older communities of Los Padillas, Atrisco, Westgate, and Mountainview. Notably, the Albuquerque Biological Park and the National Hispanic Cultural Center are also located in the southwest quadrant.

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