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"Thinking about moving to Seattle"


Thinking about moving to Seattle - 10/23/2008
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Sunraina

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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J
Louisburg, KS

39 year Native from ABQ NM - The Good, the bad, an - 5/23/2016

I was born and raised in Albuquerque NM and lived there for nearly 39 years (minus 4 years in the military). I will never dispute the fact that Albuquerque is my hometown and there are many things I absolutely love about the high desert Southwest, but there are probably more things that I've grown to dislike as I've gotten older. In the past year, my family decided to move away from my hometown in search of a better quality of life. Here are some of the reasons that play a part in our decisions to leave Albuquerque. THE ECONOMY AND JOB MARKET I am formally educated, having a BBA and MBA degrees, and have been a working IT professional for nearly 19 years. In a nutshell, Albuquerque's job market is pretty miserable when compared with other similarly sized cities. I remember in college at UNM, I learned that New Mexico has the highest number of government jobs (per capita) and the lowest number of private sector jobs (per capita) in the entire country. What that means is that New Mexico is highly dependent on the government (aka handouts, subsidized everything). It's no secret that New Mexico is always one of the poorest (if not the poorest) state in the country which is a constant back and forth competition with Mississippi to be the bottom of every good ranking. The University of New Mexico, Sandia Labs, and Kirtland AFB, make up a significant part of the entire Albuquerque job market which is not a good thing. There are very few career enhancement opportunities outside the safety net of Kirtland AFB. The state itself isn't known to be "business friendly" and the vast majority of corporate expansions into New Mexico are in the form of call centers, which corporations purposely locate in "low skilled" workforce areas. Unfortunately it doesn't take very long to figure out that a major portion of the population is uneducated and downright complacent with their dress, appearance, and the overall way they carry themselves and human beings. CRIME I don't recall Albuquerque being known as a violent and dangerous city back when I was growing up but that changed as I grew older. As often is the case, people tend not to notice how significant something is when they live it every single day. The reality of Albuquerque (and New Mexico in general) being a violent and dangerous place started to set in with me after I got married nearly 15 years ago and had family visitors from out of state see things in person and on the news and ask my wife and I about it. We lived in a middle-upper class neighborhood and many of the homes still had bars on the windows which was shocking for our out of state visitors. Our house was burglarized and just about anyone in Albuquerque knows someone who has been as well. Auto thefts, personal property crimes, and vandalism are rampant. In the newest of new restaurants or entertainment venues, it's literally a matter of days, if not hours, before the stalls, walls, or somewhere else has graffiti on it. As far as violent crime goes, it's off the charts for a mid-sized city. The population as a whole have no respect for the police. Albuquerque has had a lot of officer involved shootings, which in my opinion the majority were justified. In most cases, the subject pointed a gun at officers and they took action, but then after the fact, it comes out that the person was mentally ill and there is so much public outcry at the police, but never at the individual(s) who drew a gun on the officers in the first place. Without the support of its own citizens, Albuquerque is the Wild West and there is some crazy things that go on that justify “Breaking Bad” being based in Albuquerque. The violence is out of control to say the least but you’ll always hear people from there say “crime happens everywhere”……yes it does, but the statistics for Albuquerque’s crime rates do not match the size of the city itself. FOOD, CULTURE, and WEATHER Albuquerque (and New Mexico) has some of the best food anyone could ever ask for assuming they like spicy food. Red or Green Chile goes on everything and the food is something that I absolutely miss the most. Albuquerque’s climate is pretty amazing with something like 330+ days of sunshine per year, mountains right in your backyard. It is an outdoor person’s playground without a doubt and you won’t hear any argument from me when it comes to saying Albuquerque is probably the best training environment for athletes. As far as the culture goes, Hispanics are the majority and everything else is a minority. I never experienced any “racial” issues while living there but I will say that you do not often see Hispanic girls marry non-Hispanic guys. I heard this on another write up for Albuquerque and it has stuck with me because it is so true. New Mexican Hispanic families are probably the closest tight-knit group of people you’ll ever meet, which is by no means a bad thing, but there are a lot of Hispanic cliques that if you’re not in the clique, you’re a second class citizen. In living in the Midwest now, I see more neighbor and community oriented relationships but not remotely the amount of territorial cliques I saw and experienced in New Mexico (to include my own family). EDUCATION AND GOVERNMENT There’s not much to say about the public education system in New Mexico. It literally has to be in the lowest 5% in the entire country if not the lowest. I don’t know what the issue or solution is (although the teacher’s union comes to mind as the root cause of the problem), but the education system in New Mexico has always been horrific since I attended back in the 80s. The school system is run by corrupt and inept individuals who have ties to government officials which brings up the state of government. New Mexico’s lawmakers would make the mafia look like saints. One of the reasons why New Mexico is a complete disaster, and in my opinion a failed stated, is because of the massive amount of corrupt politicians. There are no laws that send dangerous criminals to prison for any long term periods. It is not remotely surprising to hear of murderers who have been convicted of murder in the past but got off because of a mistrial, the DAs office missed something, or something else that is hard to believe, but it happens all the time. Not to make light of the topic, but I know if I were a criminal, I’d go out of my way to commit my crimes in New Mexico because the likelihood of getting off or having a light sentence is in the criminal’s favor. CLOSING In summary, New Mexico is a beautiful state with lots of culture, and amazing food. That’s about it. The government, school systems, crime rates, and level of complacency in the culture was enough for my family to move to the Midwest where within 10 months find all members of my family thriving and doing things that were not possible in Albuquerque. It won’t take much Google searching to find other articles on the terrible education system, high amounts of random crime, or government corruption the plagues Albuquerque and New Mexico. It is certainly not a good place to raise kids and unless you have approximately $16-$24K per year for private school, your kids will be part of the broken education system that hasn’t been fixed nor improved in decades.

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Vi
Albuquerque, NM

Abq is just ok - 3/15/2016

I agree that doing business here you will deal with a lot of unprofessional types and much depends on your standards and what you will tolerate. I cannot say more how this unprofessional business standard is accepted here. I have personally'fired' an insurance agent, a realtor, a dentist, tried to swap my kid's elementary teacher (she wanted a second chance), dealt with unmindful service writers at a dealership, a snotty gym, home developers. I think the swindle like business manner exists. I have noticed this character more while living in similar apocolyptic desert conditions like California and Arizona desert areas. On the other hand, UNM medical/dental facility has been pretty satisfying for family medical/dental care. Also, as secondary level medical/dental provider I have been reluctant to obtain my licensing in this state due to many reasons but NM asks for a lot of fees other states do not ask for. Local People: can behave friendly except when they are driving. The green chile is good, but the green chile pride can be comical. I think there must be something the locals are good at offering the outside world, but it always comes back to green chiles. (ex technology, entertainment, agriculture, the military - oops that would be California- manufacturing) The infrastructure is ok- the roads are mostly well paved, but poorly engineered with safety, efficiency, and pollution in mind. The lack of east/west, north/south expressways, lack of right turn lanes is definitely contributing to the morning haze consistently visible while driving down the Paseo 423 in. Albuquerque has 3 active superfund sites, many leaking chemical tanks, and is considered a Zone 3 radon level. Soon to be home to a nuclear waste storage site in the Hobbs area. Albuquerque is not the worst city government I have lived under, but it is lacking and not completely non-existent like New Orleans and not completely extortionist like NJ and it's roadways. The city could invest more into the Parks & Rec dept, public works, munincipal/community development, and pd just to start + break up the monstrous APS educational district. The weather is fair for a desert with few natural disasters except fire season and the pending active volcanoes below. This place is nice to stop for a while if you are driving thru, but it is not home for me.

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Sally
Albuquerque, NM

Home Invasions/Property crime - 2/6/2016

Property crime is at an all time high. No one is talking about what measures need to be taken for prevention. People need to be aware, don't leave your garage opener in your vehicle parked outside of your house. Lock your car. Don't leave anything in your car of value, especially if you are going walking near the nature center, don't let anyone see you locking items in your trunk. You will see the warning signs in just about every parking lot for a reason. Install cameras at your residence, if you are lucky you can catch an image of the offender. Sometimes PD will look at the footage, most of the time they don't care. If you will notice, many neighborhoods use bars on windows, this should be a red flag if you are looking to purchase in that area. Many residents are now fighting back and arming themselves to protect their property and life.

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Sally
Albuquerque, NM

DWI in NM - 2/6/2016

The culture of drunk driving in NM is rampant, even the politicians get busted, if anything is to change it needs to come from the 80 years of legislature. The changes will not happen because the politicians don't want change or any real reform.

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Art
Albuquerque, NM

Hard place to make it! - 1/28/2016

Many of you out there in the Midwest, Northeast, and West Coast may be considering moving to the Southwest. My advice to you is to avoid Albuquerque. New Mexico is the second poorest state in the union, and number one for childhood poverty. The Land of Enchantment is in the top three for; violent crime, teenage pregnancy, alcohol/ drug related deaths, and illiteracy. Over half of the drivers are uninsured. Since 2012, the surrounding states have been in positive job growth. During these past four years, New Mexico has been in negative job growth rate. I have lived in Albuquerque for 16 years. Having taught school for six years, I can say the schools are dismal at best in New Mexico. While 23rd in cost of living, New Mexico ranks third from the bottom in wages. Huge discrepancy, folks! Do not move here unless you are independently wealthy, and can afford a lot of land without having to work. Or, if you just want to hike and bike, and earn a living waiting tables, Albuquerque or Santa Fe might be OK for you. Everyone else, I would strongly recommend not moving here.

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Dylan
Albuquerque, NM

Armpit Of The United States - 1/3/2016

After reading all of the comments slamming this city/state, they are all are absolutly true. A couple points from pervious comments stood out to me the most. First is the culture. Yes, Albuquerque, and NM in general is a VERY Hispanic oriented state. That being said, if you are white you will not fit in here. Second is housing. There are some nice areas in the city, but most of the apartments and houses here appear very run down and slum like. Parts of the North East and Four Hills areas are probably the nicest areas housing wise. Third is the drivers. Albuquerque drivers are the absolute worst. Red light runners are everywhere, drunk driving is a HUGE problem and yet the punishments are laughable and these drivers are back on the road a short time later. There are not a lot of speeders however. People here seem to drive 5 to 10 mph under the speed limit and yet they still drive atrociously. Oh and very few people have car insurance so if you get hit be prepared for them to take off. Road rage is also a huge problem here and often result in shootings. Back in October, a 4 year old girl was killed as a result of road rage. This leads right into crime. Crime is rampant here. There are really no "good" areas here, it's more of how much crime are you willing to tolerate. The South East and the South Valley are probably the worst though. These areas are where most of the murders are which are basically a daily occurrence. Yes really, daily. I live in what could be considered a "nice" neighborhood in the NE Heights and there have been 5 burglaries on my street in the past year. Education is pathetic, the majority of the population is uneducated and the school district is very corrupt. The former Superintendent Luis Valintino hired his friend, a child molester from Colorado as his Deputy Superintendent. As someone else said, NM is the second worst in the country in terms of education. Last is the job market. Most of the jobs here state "bilingual preferred" meaning if you don't speak Spanish we won't consider you. There are parts of the city that are all in Spanish. Businesses, restaurants, shops, you'd swear you were in Mexico. There are no high paying jobs here. There is no true industry here unless you count meth and other drugs. All in all, Albuquerque is a low income, uneducated, dangerous, run down, slummy city that I would not recommend to anyone. I was born and raised here, been here 23 years and as soon as I graduate college I am getting out of here.

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jeff
Rio Rancho, NM

Pretty disgusting( except you don't perspire as mu - 12/20/2015

I left WI in Nov. 2014 for this awful state. I think NM is the most disgusting place I've ever been to. Great for a visit, but living here is a totally different story. I live in Rio Rancho (which compared with ABQ IMO is like heaven) although I really don't like it. It's a city completely devoid of character with its unsightly strip malls and characterless subdivisions and awful, stressed- out drivers that use the left lane as their main travel lane. Wisconsin has a MUCH better quality of life than New Mexico. The poverty here is truly third world. This is the worst run state in the US. It's truly hard to believe you're in the US in a lot a places in NM with their abject poverty. The only nice part is in the far north. Simply gorgeous in some places. The rest of it truly third world, especially Albuquerque, which is so revolting I refuse to comment. Truly sorry I left WI for this place.

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John
Chicago, IL

I have been an ex-pat for to long - 12/12/2015

Hi .. I grew-up in the nicer part of Chicago. After graduating Uni { MSc ] I moved to the UK, have also seen a lot of W.Europe and Africa .... now I plan a long trip to the Great American South-West, to see, feel and imbibe it all in. Ur postings are helping me to a better understanding of its Realities and less of its Illusions. Thankyou .. John

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Juniper
Albuquerque, NM

What it's really like to live in Albuquerque - 8/28/2015

As a life-long (50 something) resident (left a few of times for college and adventure), an educated, law-abiding, non-drug using female, (oh and being caucasian), this is the most unfriendly, oppressive, expensive, uneducated, filthy, hostile, low-life friendly place I have ever had the displeasure of experiencing. I grew up here in the 70's and 80's and it was OK - just OK. We moved here from Ohio and my older siblings, who had experienced living elsewhere, begged my parents to go back. They stayed for the climate. Coming from Ohio, this must have seemed like a lovely climate. Living here is a whole different story. If you are an avid hiker and biker, then this is a good place for that because the number of days all year, where one can have outdoor activities, is great. If you want to do other things such as walk around and experience a real downtown, experience a culture other than low-rider hispanic trash, shop and dine at local Mom-and-Pop stores (everything is huge box stores and huge chains), attend festivals, art shows, museums, art galleries, etc., etc., then this is NOT the place for you. There is one culture here and that is the hispanic culture. If you are white - you are treated with hostility. That was even the case growing up here. The dream job doesn't exist here, and the low-paying crap you will have to settle for will be given to a hispanic relative of the business owner. That's the reality. Housing is ridiculously expensive. Yes, it may seem cheap if you are moving here from NYC, Los Angeles, Seattle, or some other metropolitan place, but housing is NOT commensurate with the low wages. You can get a trashed-out fixer for about $200k that will need another $50k just to make it habitable. Schools are second to last in the nation. So, that said, if you are moving here with a family and education is important, choose anywhere else but Mississippi! I am about to graduate with my degree this coming spring, and we can't leave fast enough. I came back here and stayed because my family is here, but now not even that is enough. I want my son to have something to do to keep him away from the rampant drug and gang culture. My son is intelligent and the kids at his school pick on him relentlessly because he is smart and loves to read and travel. There are a couple of private schools here that have ok ratings, but the tuition is around $26k per year. If you are a physician or independently wealthy, that might be a good option, but for the other 99.9% - well, you guess. Don't move here! Don't retire here! Don't raise kids here! Don't come here thinking you can change things because the hispanics don't want change and you will get chased out. Don't come here thinking you will love the sunshine because you will curse it after a short time. It is not just HOT but you are at 5200 feet in elevation so it is the most intense heat you can ever feel. The winters are dry and cold. It rarely snows here (don't believe the 26" of snowfall) - it hasn't snowed that much in Albuquerque that much since I have lived here. Perhaps in the mountains East of the city, but not in Albuquerque. It is violent and filthy and people have no respect for property or each other. New beautification projects that have been placed around the city get covered with graffiti within 24 hours or destroyed. You cannot walk downtown unless you are a gun or knife-wielding gang member (or a drunk that doesn't know any better). So there it is, from someone who knows. I have been here over 50 years. Just sayin........... Ok, now in all fairness, let me tell a few things that I love about Albuquerque and New Mexico. I DO love the fall. It is gorgeous here with the fall colors and the smell of roasting chile. Jemez, Santa Fe, Taos, Ruidoso, and a select few other places, are absolutely lovely to visit just about any time of year. The sunsets are the most spectacular I have ever seen. The turquoise jewelry is to die for. I'm really struggling to find anything else worth mentioning.

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Mar
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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