About Albuquerque

Some of us have lived in Albuquerque our whole lives, while others moved here because of Cohousing ABQ. No matter how long we’ve been here, we have many reasons for calling Albuquerque home. These are just a few of them.

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Her Strength, a mural for the New Mexico United soccer team by Jody Herrera, a New Mexican artist with Latina,  Apache and Comanche ancestry.

Albuquerque landscape and culture

Albuquerque, New Mexico, sits at the base of the rugged Sandia Mountains in a region known for big skies and stunning landscapes. In the fall, the cottonwood and elm forest along the Rio Grande River (the Bosque) transforms into a lush canopy of yellow. 

 

Albuquerque is a culturally rich and naturally beautiful place, home to world-class museums and galleries, nationally recognized wineries and breweries, many historic cultural sites and an innovative culinary scene that features local red and green chile peppers.

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The great outdoors

With 310 sunny days per year, Albuquerque offers plenty of opportunities to get outside. The Rio Grande River that flows through the city center is a playground for kayakers and paddle boarders. With miles of walking and cycling trails on its wooded banks, the river is a haven for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. Outside the city, campgrounds, ski areas and hiking trails are just a short drive away.

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Patti leading the way on the 4th of July trail in the Manzanos.

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Family fun in Albuquerque

The Albuquerque BioPark's zoo, botanical gardens and aquarium are popular with families, as are the citywide network of public parks, playgrounds, pools and libraries. Farmers markets, festivals and art and craft fairs abound, drawing locals and visitors to eat, mingle and shop.

 

Each season brings special traditions for people young and old. Autumn—the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and beautiful fall colors along the river and in the mountains. At Christmas time, luminarias light up neighborhood streets and sidewalks across the city, a tradition dating back 300 years.  

Ariel experimenting with light at Explora Science Center.

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Economic opportunities

Top industries in Albuquerque include aerospace and defense, energy technology including solar energy, and semiconductor and computer chip manufacturing, health care, and TV and movie production. The flagship campus of the University of New Mexico is in Albuquerque, as is Central New Mexico Community College, providing hundreds of jobs to educators. Remote work is increasingly popular as well.

 

Top employers in Albuquerque include Sandia National Laboratories, University of New Mexico and Intel. Netflix Studios in Albuquerque will be undergoing an expansion to become their main production facility in North America and pledges $1 billion in local production spending .

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I love the Sandia Mountains turning pink and purple in the sunset, the big sky and the clarity of the air, the river that runs through, the roadrunners and the wintering ducks and cranes, the chile and the luminarias at Christmas Eve, the diversity of the people and the music… Albuquerque is just ‘far out!’”

-   Alice, Cohousing ABQ neighbor

 

Our Albuquerque Favorites

A dragon’s castle. Great margaritas. Route 66. Irrigation ditches (really). These are some of our favorite things in and around Albuquerque.