Albuquerque, New Mexico, a city of 556,495 people, is the most populous city in the entire state — and it grows bigger and bigger every year. This city of 188 square miles is steeped in history, dating back to the mid-17th century when it was just a small Spanish village, to the bustling city is has become today.
Albuquerque’s Spanish heritage is still highly recognizable, and the city has grown to become an inviting and successful area for residents and retailers alike. Its scenic surroundings and contained urban spread make it an exciting but still cozy living area. Albuquerque’s per capita income is $26,769, and its median household income is $47,989, making it a great place to start a life.
Although it’s mostly an active urban area, Albuquerque also spans some beautiful scenery that all nature-lovers will enjoy. The city is flanked by the Sandia Mountains on its east side, and split north-south by the Rio Grande River. As one of the highest-altitude metropolitan areas in the country, Albuquerque is unique in its location in the desert but still having great rivers and mountains. In addition, in the heart of the city, there are countless outdoor walking opportunities and bike paths for fitness buffs — and in 2007, Albuquerque was ranked No. 1 as the fittest city in the U.S., according to Men’s Fitness magazine.