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(IF YOU WERE IN ALBUQUERQUE, YOU'D KNOW.)

Ready to come home yet?

ALBUQUERQUE,
NEW MEXICO

We’ve got more parks than:

Austin
Denver
El Paso
Phoenix

Reno
Salt Lake
Tucson
and more!

WHY ALBUQUERQUE?

First things first. Sick of endless urban sprawl? There’s room to spread out here. Bring your roomie, your BFF, your favorite uncle. We’ve got space—lots of it.

3,000

people per square mile means there’s room for everyone—and more to spare.

10,600

feet at the crest of the Sandia Mountains just east of the city

And man, is it some good room. Albuquerque’s got that unique blend of scenic beauty, big city amenities, and a relaxed feel.

29,000

acres of parks and green space

16

miles of forested trail along the Rio Grande—perfect for walking, biking, and even horseback riding

We take healthy living seriously here. We have some of the cleanest air in the nation, plenty of doctors, and more green spaces than you’d expect to find in the desert (you might even call us an oasis).

286

physicians per 100K people (more than Austin, El Paso, or Tucson)

A

grade for air particulate level

​(American Lung Association)

384

parks throughout the city

Concerned about COVID-19? Of course you are. You’ll be relieved to know that in Albuquerque, we stepped up for our residents, and we’re proud to be a pandemic-resilient city.

2x

the number of tests conducted as Colorado, Arizona, or Texas

$12M

support for small businesses and creatives 

530K

  • meals served to seniors since March 2020

457K

hours of childcare provided for essential workers

And there’s the whole weather thing. We’ve got four distinct seasons, delightfully low humidity, just enough snow to be manageable, and a very low chance of natural disasters. Bottom line, it’s pretty delicious here (and we’re not just talking about the food).

278

average days of sun a year—so you can always get your vitamin D fix ​(NOAA)

Let’s talk about the cost of living. It’s lower here. In Albuquerque, your dream space is waiting for you—and you can actually afford it. In fact, out of 75 U.S. cities, we ranked ninth for most affordable cost of living.

$305K

the median home cost

$135

 per square foot

$1,500

average monthly cost for rent, utilities, internet, gas, and food

You say you need culture with a heaping side of history and a dash of diversity? We’ve got you covered like a colorful serape.

314

years old (and looking GOOD, if we do say so ourselves)

19

Native American Pueblos celebrated at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

25,000

rock carvings throughout Petroglyph National Monument 

Dozens of museums celebrate everything from nuclear energy to rattlesnakes. (We have art, too.)

500+

murals painted on walls throughout the city

We’re distinctly diverse, and proud of it.

37

the (very young!)  median age of city residents (datausa.io)

49%

of the population identifies as Hispanic.  (datausa.io)

6 in 10

Albuquerque residents are people of color ​(National Equity Atlas)

We’re also a little loco for festivals. Seriously, we celebrate everything. Lavender, wine, cultural heritage, chocolate, beer, ballooning, barbeque… you name it and we can build a festival around it.

0 +

hot air balloons ascend each year during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

0

years of celebrating Native culture at the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

0 +

displays made from millions of bulbs at the annual River of Lights

But when you get down to it, what really matters is quality of life. For us, that means doing more of what you love in a place that feels like home—because it is. (And with a lot less traffic.)

20

minutes average one-way commute time

400+

miles of hiking and biking trails

40

minutes to the nearest ski slopes

60+

 breweries (¡Salud!)

Top 5

among cities in the U.S. for dogs

THRIVING INDUSTRIES

THRIVING INDUSTRIES

WHERE THE JOBS ARE

Diversity’s not just about people. Our economy’s pretty diversified, too. Whether you’re an engineer or an animator, an artist, a scientist, or a generalist, there’s something here for you.

Albuquerque boasts opportunities across a variety of industries, including government, education, health care, entertainment, and manufacturing. We’re also a huge fan of small business, entrepreneurship, and innovation, and ready to help you find the resources to get your venture off the ground.

And we recognize that progress via tech-based companies is critical to job creation, a higher standard of living, and a healthy community. That’s why Albuquerque is committed to strengthening its position as a hub for five tech-related industries where we’re naturally the strongest and most competitive:

So, whether you’re looking for something entirely new, hoping to bring in-demand skills to a new market, or just want to give mid-size, healthy-city living a try, the opportunities in Albuquerque are abundant. We’ll be waiting for you.

WHERE THE JOBS ARE

We know, we know—there’s no job market in Albuquerque. That’s why you left, right? Wrong. So, so wrong.

Albuquerque boasts opportunities across a variety of industries, including government, education, health care, entertainment, and manufacturing. We’re also a huge fan of small business, entrepreneurship, and innovation, and ready to help you find the resources to get your venture off the ground.

And we recognize that progress via tech-based companies is critical to job creation, a higher standard of living, and a healthy community. That’s why Albuquerque is committed to strengthening its position as a hub for five tech-related industries where we’re naturally the strongest and most competitive:

So, whether you’re looking for something entirely new, hoping to bring in-demand skills to a new market, or just want to give mid-size, healthy-city living a try, the opportunities in Albuquerque are abundant. We’ll be waiting for you.

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Bioscience

Albuquerque has the expertise, research base, infrastructure, organized sector-specific leadership, and a booming startup ecosystem set to propel us to the forefront of the bioscience industry. More than 300 bioscience-related companies—including Jabil, NanoDiagnostics, Pebble Labs, and Innate Immunity—employ 6,000 people throughout the city.

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Directed Energy

With more assets considered essential to the industry than any other city in the country, Albuquerque is the nucleus for directed energy in the U.S. We claim a trifecta of federal government entities focused on the industry, nationally renowned partnering opportunities and testing facilities, and a robust private sector ecosystem with global players like BAE Systems, Booz Allen Hamilton, General Atomics, Lockheed Martin, SAIC, and more.

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Film &
Digital Media

Recently named the best city to live and work in as a movie maker (MovieMaker Magazine, 2019 and 2020), Albuquerque has been strengthening its film industry bona fides for quite some time. After hosting more than 50 major productions in the past four years, and now home to shiny new production hubs for both Netflix and NBCUniversal, we’re much more than a backdrop for the latest western. Our universities churn out production-ready talent, and our local crews are some of the most experienced you’ll find. Wrap all that up with our spectacular weather and stunning natural setting, and you’ve got a recipe for entertainment magic.
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Smart City Technologies

Albuquerque is dedicated to addressing civic problems with sustainable solutions involving the digitization and automation of city services—so much so that we’ve been named a Top Ranked Digital City (Center for Digital Government, 2013-2019) and a Smart Gigabit Community (U.S. Ignite). From smart parking and crosswalks to artificial intelligence, these connected technologies help make the city safer, more efficient, and more user friendly.

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Space
Technology

With an economy projected to be worth $3T by 2045, the global space economy is (ahem) rocketing forward thanks to advances in space tourism and increased military spending. Albuquerque is well-positioned to lead in both these areas, sees billions in federal funding flow through three national labs, and boasts assets making us a high-value magnet for aerospace companies like Boeing, Fiore Industries Inc., Robotic Skies, RS21, SolAero Technologies Corp., and 3D Glass Solutions.

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