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Thinking about moving to Seattle - 10/23/2008
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Sunraina
Albuquerque, NM

Myself and boyfriend who are a racially mixed couple, have been planning on moving to Seattle for quite some time...Here are our issues and concerns:
How are bi-racial couples looked at within the community and treated?
One of us would be going to Seattle with a BA degree while the other has only had some college, what are the chances of finding good jobs to be successful in the Seattle area.
Understood that the cost of living is high and am assuming the pay should compensate for high cost of living?!?!

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Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque not what it used to be - 7/29/2015

I have lived in Albuquerque for the past 16 years plus a few years back in the early 90's. It has changed a lot - for the worse. It's a shame because you don't get any better climate than here but the culture is terrible. The crime rate has increased dramatically. We do not feel safe going even to the grocery store - you never know when you might get carjacked or worse around here and we are in the NE Heights which used to be considered the "good" area. The BioPark is really nice, good museums, some really amazing restaurants and quite a bit to do with kids - jump park, lots of dance studios, indoor play places, museums, pools. The public schools are overcrowded, understaffed and education/graduation rates are low. The city just seems dirty - the people just don't seem to take pride in their town, their properties, nor their businesses anymore. There's a culture that celebrates violence as a rite of passage. There are panhandlers on nearly every single street corner - not homeless mind you - just people looking for drug money/handouts. The city can't seem to draw in big business. Really - who would want to open a business here and hire some of the laziest workforce around? The number of illegals here grows daily - they utilize all the low income resources without giving much if any back to the community. The teen pregnancy rate is alive, high and well here. This city is rife with low income/poverty level, kids needing free lunch programs, clothing programs. SNAP and welfare rates are high. The same culture that promotes violence has taken to torpedoing our police force. We are at an all time low in police officers. Basically the cops can hand out stickers and lollipops now so they won't get sued and/or lose their jobs. It's very sad because this town has/had such great potential. But with the influx of illegals and crime, it's best to not move here. Or to leave if you are already here. I wish I could give a better review but I would be lying if I did.

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Jay
Albuquerque, NM

Don't believe the biased generalizations people gi - 7/20/2015

I have lived here 25+ years. I have been in ONE auto accident (minor). I have been robbed ZERO times. I have been assaulted ZERO times. My home has NEVER been broken into. My car has been broken into ONCE (at a storage facility that I no longer use). I have NEVER experienced bad police interactions (I've only been pulled over twice in my life). The list goes on. Now let me be straight: This city isn't perfect. We do have a high drunk driving rate. Our education is pretty low. We do have a bad job market. Violent crime and drug use, while high compared to many cities, from what I have personally experienced, is mainly concentrated in certain parts of town. I would stray away from moving to anywhere south of I-40 pretty much, and most places in the river valley. Stay out of those places after dark. It's that easy. Try the E, NE, N, NW, W parts of town if you're looking for a nice place to live. The weather here, aside from the windy spring season, is some of the best you could ask for. In winter, it gets no colder than 25 on average. Summer, no hotter than 100, and NO HUMIDITY! Fall is absolutely gorgeous and my favorite time of year. Spring, while the temperature is moderate, can get windy, sometimes really windy, and stay that way for a day or two. Otherwise, we've been getting a fair share of rain as of late. Thunderstorms, the occasional flash flood, and forest fires (at least the smoke) are about the worst natural disasters we have to deal with out here. Hate earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, catastrophic floods? They pretty much don't exist here. Like sunny days? We get more than Florida. Like snow? We get a decent amount every year. And then there's the scenery. Whether you're on the east side or west, chances are you've got a killer view of the vistas in and around our city. The Sandia's majesty are there to greet you every sunrise, while our humble volcano on the west side gives a serene backdrop to our epic sunsets. Like hiking, bicycling, and/or running? Albuquerque has been highly ranked on multiple lists for those recreational activities. Like the outdoors in general? There are mountains in every direction, most are a 1/2 to one hour drive from your front door. Hate traffic? We have one of the best commutes in the country. Like history? We have some of the oldest archaeological and historic sites of any place in the USA. Our culture here is wide and varied, with mostly ethnic Hispanic, Native American, and Southern U.S. influences. Like Mexican food? Try native New Mexican food, it's some of the best food in the world as far as I'm concerned. These are just some of my favorite things about this place. Personally, I wouldn't move here on a whim. This city isn't for everyone. Try it out on vacation at least once, though. Come during the International Balloon Fiesta. Come during the Gathering of Nations Pow-Wow. Or just come visit whenever you can and ride the worlds longest tram, take a Breaking Bad tour around the city, try the local foods, fares, or some of our famous micro-breweries, or take a train ride to Santa Fe on the Rail Runner. You might be more impressed by this place than you think. And if you don't like it while on vacation, you'll know it's not the place for you. I know some will agree, but many others will fall in love with this city and this state, and hopefully come to stay. It has sure made an impression on me, and I hope I never have to leave.

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J
Albuquerque, NM

Dangerous Place - 7/20/2015

I've lived in 18 different places due to numerous military transfers during my career, and ABQ has been my current location for the past several years. The longer I live here the less comfortable I feel about the area due to rampant crime and dangerous, aggressive drivers that habitually run red lights. I don't know where I'll be going next but there's no way I'm staying here when I retire. It seems a lot of people have this feeling since more are moving out of rather than moving in. Another deterrent to living here is the incredible number of drunk drivers, especially ones that have been arrested for it multiple times but still drive drunk. There seems to be little regard for others around this town and the habitual criminal offenders have the police on their heels. One of the people posting said "if you don't like it, move." That's what I'll be doing along with an ongoing caravan of people who have been living in fear for their safety. Congratulations ABQ, you get your wish, the criminals are staying and the law abiding people are moving on to safer places around the country.

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marli
Albuquerque, NM

ABQ = A great place to visit - 6/21/2015

My employment with the military is what brought my family to Albuquerque almost 3 years ago. Both my husband and I are educated have lived in many different places, inside and out of the US. Yes, the NM climate is arid and much more pleasant than many other parts of the country. There are some beautiful places to hike, cycle and camp. Albuquerque NM is the most "modern" metropolis you will find in all of NM: more than 2 theaters, 2 "larger" shopping malls and a fraction of the modern conveniences that you expect to find in Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas...just a few decades behind. In a nutshell, Albuquerque is the ideal place to visit but being a resident of Albuquerque is not recommended unless your are independently wealthy. If you: must rely on employment to survive, have a family and cannot afford private schooling, find it difficult to live among illiterate and rather apathetic welfare masses...then you will probably struggle finding happiness here. Per Capita: Crime is higher than average and locals strive to avoid criminals and the police as well. (Google DOJ and Albuquerque Police) Very large and growing homeless population. Traffic: Few places are accessible on foot, most places take about 30 mins drive time, expressways have not been well planned and most NM drivers don't understand the concept of "merge". Extremely high number of illegal (unlicensed and undocumented) drivers. NM has the worst record for repeat drunk drivers in all of the country...they get something like 13 chances before the state permanently takes their license. (no kidding...Google it). Health: Poor in the general population. Many doctors fled NM decades ago and NM continues to lose good practitioners yearly. My family gets a different PCP every 6 months. Although we have the identical level of (excellent) health care coverage, my husband and I don't have the same level of confidence in our healthcare that we had in other states. Education: Our children went to public school for less than 1 month before we saw how lacking the NM public education system is. We opted to downsize our home to pay for private schooling, because we want them to stand a chance as functional adults. Public schools here are akin to the inner city schools I remember from Los Angeles and Chicago. Unacceptable. Cost of Living: Higher than the national average. You get more than you would get in Bay Area of California or New York City, but significantly less than the MidWest and most of the SouthEast. Albuquerque is beautiful and a wonderful place to visit.

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Blah blah blah
Albuquerque, NM

ABQ Sucks!! - 4/18/2015

If you've never "lived" too many other places outside of the state of New Mexico like most people in ABQ, or inside of the United States then this is the place for you. Outside of the military transplants and retirees, it doesn't seem like too many people in ABQ have lived anywhere besides Mexico. Of course ABQ is a great place to live if you're coming from Juarez or Chihuahua, but if you've lived in any other THRIVING city in the USA then you would realize just how uninteresting, uninviting, and unbearable life in ABQ REALLY is.

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Hannah
Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque - Not so bad, really! - 1/7/2015

I must say, I absolutely love Albuquerque and New Mexico. I have lived in downtown Albuquerque for 2 years and my husband and I REALLY enjoy living here. There are plenty of things to do: hiking, skiing, fishing, running trails, movie theaters, ice skating rinks, day trips, hot springs, kayaking, the list goes on and ON! What more could you want? Yes, there is poverty and violence, but there is poverty and violence in every metro area. I have to quote the Lord of the Rings on this one: "Keep your nose out of trouble, and no trouble'll come to you." I have found this to be true, even living in a "dangerous" downtown. New Mexico is so unique and full of adventure. Only a truly depressed spirit would be unable to find joy and happiness in this great state! There is history, art, and the great outdoors. Yes, there are economic issues, but the leaders of the state and local government are working very hard to improve quality of life and the economic forecast. Haters gonna hate, and if you don't like it, then leave! We don't need negative people in our city. As for myself and my husband, we are working to make this already great city even better.

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Ricky
Greeley, CO

Okay city to visit - 12/15/2014

I visit Albuquerque, NM periodically. It is an okay city with beautiful mountains, BUT to much adobe!

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Priscilla
Killeen, TX

Moving - 12/9/2014

Moving to NM

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Ricky
Collierville, TN

ABQs poverty rate is NOT 54%, it was 15% in 2011 w - 10/19/2014

There's this new fangled contraption called the internet, where you can (and should) look up actual facts before posting inuendo and false assumptions.

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natalie
Albuquerque, NM

Re: ABQ has its pros/cons - 10/4/2014

To those who live in Albuq, never left, maybe you should broaden your horizons. Born, raised, spending much of my adult life here, ABQ has some advantages other cities lack. Live in Denver it's an hour commute to anywhere, congestion, high cost of living, crime. Even Colorado Springs has a high crime rate. Go to the midwest, you suffer insurmountable cold in winter, high humidity in summer- same goes for East. California is almost bankrupt, congestion everywhere. Live in the Jemez, it's 45 minutes to any shopping, conveniences.Live in the East mountains, 20-30 minutes to E. Albuq. Lived in other NM cities...Los Alamos, Chimayo`, Portales. Tried living in Colo a few times, always returning to Albuq area. It's what you make of it....I find people friendly in Albuq. If you are not involved with the city, you cannot complain. Well, evidently you can. Move if you don't like it! Crime is high- yet look at other metropolitan areas. Even small towns have crimes, murders, burglaries.No city is immune to social problems. Unfortunately, NM has ranked at the bottom of every positive ranking (education, health), top 10 for drug use, teen pregnancy. Even though Colo.is ranked 4th (now) in jobs....it's primarily the Denver area. Surrounding cities, southern Colorado it's still depressed economically. And not to mention taxes. Gas is about $.40 higher per gallon. El Paso, Denver, Phoenix are close for any major concert venues, the last two for pro sports. I can remember when FEW bands/artists would tour ABQ area and if they did, it was mid week. With Islets and Sandia outdoor concert venues, it's brought in both 1-hit-wonders and current recording acts. Yes, rent/mortgages are higher in Albuq, but it's whatever the market demands. We do have a light rail- nothing like Denver, Los Angeles, Portland other areas, but it's an alternative. We do have a metro transit system that is decent. Not great, but we do have bus service. Maybe you'll gain a bit more appreciation after experiencing other places to live.

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Pris
Albuquerque, NM

A LIVING NIGHTMARE - 10/2/2014

Do not move to Albuquerque New Mexico it is a tragic mistake there is literally nothing here for miles and miles don't make the same mistake I did. You can only do so much hiking and cycling. I disagree with ppl that say the weather is great, during Winter everything is brown and dead even the houses are all brown, Spring time major wind and sand storms everywhere, summer is so dry and hot you cannot garden because nothing grows here a big waste of time and money, there are no beautiful birds here, and Fall maybe the only season that is pretty because of Fall colors and that's it...I am so depressed here..It is true so much drugs, drunks and prostitution its not funny. Please, Please do your research before making a big decision you will regret.

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S
Albuquerque, NM

Do not move here - 9/2/2014

There are so many problems here - it's depressing. Poverty: something like 54% of the population is on welfare. Economically, no major corporations or jobs here. Other than the military money coming into the state, it's just call center, fast food type jobs. If you have blond hair and blue eyes you are discriminated against, people will be mean or cold towards you. Crime is out of control. Robbery and burglary is rampant . Everyone hates the police but they're half crazy too. The schools have no money and children here have major issues at home with drug addicted parents or worse. People are aggressive and nasty here. Politicians are frequently in the news stealing money, lying and cheating what few citizens here actually PAY income taxes. If you like gardens or plants, forget it. Nothing grows here. Central avenue ( Rt. 66 ) is full of drunks, drug addicts and hookers. I am constantly approached by creepy, scary people for money. There is nothing to do here. It's boring and depressing. One has to drive for hours and hours to get out of this state. Airline tickets are always more expensive flying out of here and even Southwest Airlines is limiting their flights as of October. Other airlines, like Frontier have packed up and left entirely. I hate it here. I am praying every day that I can leave ASAP.

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denise
Prescott, AZ

Lousy drivers and up friendliest city I have ever - 8/27/2014

I have lived here three years, and I cannot, in good conscience, recommend this city to anyone. Drivers here consider traffic signals mere suggestions, and it is not at all unusual to see people completely ignore stop signs and red lights. Drunk driving is rampant. Our first week here, four people were killed in drunk driving accidents. And yet, Gov. Martinez would have the roads be even unsafer by refusing to allow illegal immigrants to get drivers licenses, showing utter disregard for the safety of those of us who are legal residents. Then, there is the low pay and high cost of rentals and housing. And let's not forget the high crime rate. Further, people here are quite unfriendly. Unfriendlier and less inclusive than any place I have ever lived. In fact, I'd say if you weren't born here, haven't lived here for decades or didn't go to UNM, your chances of making friends is quite minimal. The older neighborhoods like Ridgecrest, Huning Castle and Nob Hill are lovely. Otherwise, the city is quite unattractive.

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Christina
Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque, NM - 8/3/2014

I have lived in Albuquerque most of my life and it is absolutely terrible. Crime is ridiculously high. In general people are friendly but they are also very lazy, uneducated and ignorant. The way most people treat their dogs here should be criminal (and probably is in other states.) Most people here have two or three dogs and like to keep them chained or fenced up 24-7. As a result the dogs have a lot of anxiety and freak out over every little noise. The education system here is a joke. A LOT of wannabe gangsters. The cost of living is relatively low, but there is still a ton of poverty. It is horribly hot and humid during the summer, and the winters are mild. The seasons are nice. I personally love chile but I find it annoying how obsessed with it people are here. There is little to do besides the zoo and bars. Most people stay home and party in their houses. The majority of people here drink a LOT and meth is a problem. They do have really good programs for women here. Sadly, I have found Albuquerque to be the best city to live in this state. New Mexico as a whole is just awful. Overall, I hate this city and state and it is one of my dearest ambitions to move my family out of here and give my daughter a better life in a better city.

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A
Albuquerque, NM

Health and Welfare - 8/3/2014

Albuquerque is a quirky city that is contradictory in many ways. For instance, the scenery is nice with the mountains to the east, and this makes for a relaxing setting from one's patio. But the spring weather can be hostile caused by wind blowing the dust. The folks who've lived here all of their lives say there are four seasons: 1) summer, 2) fall, 3) winter, and 4) wind. Crime and drunk drivers are habitual concerns, with speeders being rampant regardless of the time of day or where you may be around town. Driving at or very near (3-5 mph) the speed limit will tend to annoy the bulk of folks who always seem to be running late and needing to make up some time. Warning--count to 2 before pulling into an intersection after the light turns green because there's a 50/50 chance someone will run the light. It really seems as if the speed limit signs are more realistically "suggested" speeds around here. Property crimes occur all around town with the SE/SW section having the most violent instances. An alarm system and even a home surveillance system is a wise option. Also, sturdy security doors that are in sync with your home's exterior appearance are a good, cost-effective security choice too. There are a number of more upscale restaurants around town, so check with the locals for their insightful reviews unless you're naturally adventurous when it comes to food and dining out. Evening entertainment tends to be predominately bar or tavern-based, but Old Town sometimes offers some good performers of all kinds for the right price--free. There are some performing theater options, but the locations for these can get a bit dicey depending upon the time of the event. Being in some of these places after dark is ideally done with a group of friends rather than alone. Health care is generally good, but availability to primary care doctors is becoming a bit problematic due to retirements and cutbacks of acceptance of new patients. There are, however, numerous medical facilities around town, so convenience is a plus. Outdoor activities are plentiful such as hiking and biking. The Bosque path (fully paved) is ideal for cyclists, runners and walkers, and there's 0 vehicular traffic for the approximate 16 mile stretch. Numerous exits are offered, so you aren't stuck on there if you get the urge for a cup of coffee or want to try an alternate route. Before moving to ABQ have a clear understanding about what you're interested in finding. After relocating here several years ago I've come to understand that it's all about discovery. Ideally, spend a few days or even a few weeks in the area before making the leap. You'll have a much better understanding about the overall setting with less chance for regret later. And by all means, talk with the locals, they'll be candid and forthright when it comes to telling it like it is regardless of your question or concern.

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A
Albuquerque, NM

Health and Welfare - 8/3/2014

Albuquerque is a quirky city that is contradictory in many ways. For instance, the scenery is nice with the mountains to the east, and this makes for a relaxing setting from one's patio. But the spring weather can be hostile caused by wind blowing the dust. The folks who've lived here all of their lives say there are four seasons: 1) summer, 2) fall, 3) winter, and 4) wind. Crime and drunk drivers are habitual concerns, with speeders being rampant regardless of the time of day or where you may be around town. Driving at or very near (3-5 mph) the speed limit will tend to annoy the bulk of folks who always seem to be running late and needing to make up some time. Warning--count to 2 before pulling into an intersection after the light turns green because there's a 50/50 chance someone will run the light. It really seems as if the speed limit signs are more realistically "suggested" speeds around here. Property crimes occur all around town with the SE/SW section having the most violent instances. An alarm system and even a home surveillance system is a wise option. Also, sturdy security doors that are in sync with your home's exterior appearance are a good, cost-effective security choice too. There are a number of more upscale restaurants around town, so check with the locals for their insightful reviews unless you're naturally adventurous when it comes to food and dining out. Evening entertainment tends to be predominately bar or tavern-based, but Old Town sometimes offers some good performers of all kinds for the right price--free. There are some performing theater options, but the locations for these can get a bit dicey depending upon the time of the event. Being in some of these places after dark is ideally done with a group of friends rather than alone. Health care is generally good, but availability to primary care doctors is becoming a bit problematic due to retirements and cutbacks of acceptance of new patients. There are, however, numerous medical facilities around town, so convenience is a plus. Outdoor activities are plentiful such as hiking and biking. The Bosque path (fully paved) is ideal for cyclists, runners and walkers, and there's 0 vehicular traffic for the approximate 16 mile stretch. Numerous exits are offered, so you aren't stuck on there if you get the urge for a cup of coffee or want to try an alternate route. Before moving to ABQ have a clear understanding about what you're interested in finding. After relocating here several years ago I've come to understand that it's all about discovery. Ideally, spend a few days or even a few weeks in the area before making the leap. You'll have a much better understanding about the overall setting with less chance for regret later. And by all means, talk with the locals, they'll be candid and forthright when it comes to telling it like it is regardless of your question or concern.

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scott
Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque is terrible !! - 7/26/2014

Stay away from this place, its terrible. If you are a liberal taker that wears birkenstocks you might fit in. Totally ugly women - not one knows how to wear makeup. No jobs, just a bunch of losers hanging on. Schools are terrible. Not one good thing to say about this crap hole !!!

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Dew
Houston, TX

Objective Views - 7/14/2014

The Pro's: Nice mountains, scenery, I personally thought there were a lot of friendly people there. A lot of nice weather. Winters aren't bad. Summers are hot, but not like Phoenix or Las Vegas. UNM is a nice university. There is a lot of entrepreneurial spirit (but see below). Intel is there as is the university and an F.A.A. air-traffic center. The Cons: It's a city that has seen better days and is behind the times. The neighborhoods are crumbling. Even the famous "Northeast Heights" have gone downhill. So many of the homes are crappy, unaesthetic little doll-houses built after WWII and are now in poor repair. It's a transient city like Vegas and Phoenix. The pay is awful. They think it's preposterous if you want more than $15/hr. Even people with degrees are poorly paid. There is an oversupply of unskilled labor so it keeps the pay down. Poverty is rampant. Lots of welfare and illegitimacy. The educational level is low. Some neighborhoods look positively third world. There is an old boys network here. They call it the "patrone system". You need connections with the old boys (and not just white boys)for a decent job. As it's been explained to me: There's a poverty mentality that prevails. There is a ton of crime. Drugs are RAMPANT!!! Vato/Cholo gangs are prevalent. That being said there is some unbelievable white trash, the likes of which I didn't even encounter in Phoenix. The crime is mostly property crime. There are murders and robberies but larceny, burglary and vandalism are the leaders. Lock your cars and homes! It's best to live in Rio Rancho or Taylor Ranch. There's actually some nice houses there. I would rather be here than Phoenix, but that ain't saying much.

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Bryan
Albuquerque, NM

An honest review - 6/18/2014

I will try to give the most honest, semi-educated review here - very much unlike the others. I live in the middle of Albuquerque near UNM and downtown. My car has been left unlocked for the past six months with no problems (not recommended of course). Albuquerque is one of the poorest major cities I can think of, and there is an average amount of crime though it is almost always non-violent. The city is old and not "beautiful" like you might be used to in newer, wealthier cities or suburbs. Bars on windows - absolutely. There are plenty of gangs and such like most cities, and these are most prevalent in the southeastern part of the city and southern farming communities. Being from the St. Louis area, I was surprised to see people calling this portion of the city a "ghetto," since bikers ride through it regularly with no problems. Racial and cultural diversity is phenomenal, some of the best of any US city. Racism is much less of a problem than any other major city I've been in other than Seattle. Socially, the city is extremely accepting, and I've not experienced any cliqu-yness whatsoever. This city is so laid back that it's hard to imagine such a thing. There are ~400 miles of bike roads/trails throughout the city, and within 45 minutes you can be at 10,678ft overlooking the road grid at a temperature 20 degrees below that in the city. If you get away from buildings, you can easily see 60 or more miles to distant mountains. A two-hour drive will get you to the most scenic-natural places of any other major city outside of perhaps the Northwest. But culturally, this will not be your type of city if you cannot accept that there is no majority. The climate index is similar of that in coastal California (check it out!), though I do miss rain! I have heard that many public schools are subpar, so certainly keep that in mind. Police are corrupt (major city for you). It is a bit smaller than most cities - perhaps less to do - and you can't come the suburbs of Whiteville, USA and expect the exact same culture. This isn't anything like Phoenix! I personally feel that this is a bit of a hidden gem, but that's for you to decide. I hope this gives a bit better perspective than the other reviews. Best of luck!

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Blah blah blah
Albuquerque, NM

It's called the Land of Entrapment for a reason... - 6/10/2014

The joke among the locals is that it's "the land of Entrapment" vs. the land of Enchantment which is the slogan that greets you as you enter New Mexico. I've been in Albuquerque for about eight years and I now understand what the locals meant. Virtually in the middle of nowhere for 6-7 hours in all directions, and there is nothing here. I would say okay to visit, but not to live if you're used to a faster pace unless you're retiring. Coming from the East Coast, initially it was a nice change of scenery to the hustle and bustle of the fast paced concrete jungle, but the newness has worn off. It's much slower here, but almost too slow. Most of the previous posts are very accurate descriptions. Pros-amazing weather, relatively low cost of living, low crime compared to most major cities, light traffic, great for retirees. Cons-zero entertainment-no real sports teams, no entertainment-aside from performers that haven't been relevant in decades, so if nostalgia is your thing then Albuquerque is perfect. I agree with a previous poster about the food here. It's terrible. You can only have so many burritos, tamales, and red and green chile EVERYthing before you begin to detest the cuisine here. Not to mention REAL cons. One of our suburbs is rumored to be home to a witness protection program. Lots of addicts here too. Meth, pills, and alcoholism is pretty bad here, but if I had lived here my entire life, I would probably resort to drug abuse to cope as well. Three movie theaters, two malls, a few bowling alleys, a few bars, a few casinos, a few parks, a dirty river, and a mountain range sums up what Albuquerque has to offer its residents.

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