Review of Albuquerque, New Mexico

Thinking of Moving to ABQ? Read This First.
Star Rating - 8/25/2019
If you are a Californian, Texan or New Yorker looking to move to Albuquerque for the cheap housing, listen closely: YOU WILL GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR! High crime, high unemployment, low growth in house equity and poverty.

My 30+ years in Albuquerque were filled with crime and hassle. I lived in a nice NE heights neighborhood and had cars broken into (one was even taken on a high speed chase) and stuff constantly stolen like bikes and lawn equipment. My father-in-law got a neat steel buffalo ornament for his lawn and it was gone in one week. I once left my bike in the rack outside a gas station and came out and it was gone in less than 2 minutes! My wife had her car broken into twice and her basement broken into once before moving in with me.

Look at the news stories from the past few years! An elderly woman got stabbed as she walked home with her groceries near the ABQ Academy (a NICE part of town). A man was found crucified to a tree in the valley. A guy was found decapitated outside a Walmart near Wyoming and Menaul. A woman was carjacked outside a Rio Rancho library. It doesn't matter where you go, the crime will find you!

I finally wised up and got out in 2012. Since I left, a lot of the people I know have left too. And that's why ABQ won't get better. I took my business with me. My wife took her advanced degree with her. Our friends took their family and money elsewhere. The only thing keeping ABQ afloat is government money (aid for poverty, military money for Kirtland and Fed money for the Labs). If those jobs ever leave or get reduced, ABQ is in for a wild ride.

And NM as a whole relies heavily on similar sources of revenue (welfare) and from oil and gas. In 20 years when solar and wind take over and the government downsizes certain programs, ABQ is going to suffer massively. Right now the only thing holding it all together is the money and intelligence of the wonderful people who work at places like Sandia and Kirtland. Once they leave the state, God help us all. All we will be left with is disappearing blue collar retail and service jobs for high school dropouts and panhandlers on every corner looking for their next hit. ABQ will become Gallup or Pueblo at that point.

And back to the housing thing... I sold my house in 2012 for $220k. It's worth $240k now. Whoop-de-doo. My new house in Colorado went from $250k to $450k in that same period of time. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!! Nobody wants to come to Albuquerque due to the crime and corruption and the housing market shows it. Now we are late in the economic cycle and ABQ is FINALLY making some gains and drawing interest from people priced out of other cities. But make no mistake, when the recession comes next time, you will WISH you were in Denver or Seattle or Dallas instead of Albuquerque. Because there will be no jobs, no hope and nobody will want to buy your house.

Go look up the stats on how many people moved to ABQ from 2010 to 2018. Then look at the stats for Denver, Phoenix or Dallas. Follow the wisdom of the crowds...they know what's up.
Ray | Albuquerque, NM
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Rio Rancho is awesome! Low crime for now but as they add public transportation, it allows the grimy people from Albuquerque to come in to Rio Rancho. As they started dropping people off at the Walmart, we started getting homeless. Just how the Westside by Corrales used to be beautiful but once it opened the transportation center, it began to swarm with homeless. Public Transportation along with NM being mainly cash based, is the cause of the over population in homeless. In Albuquerque, the buses are barely used for environmental purposes. It is used to transport unstable individuals and the average person would not ride any of the city buses. If people want crime along with the homeless population to go down, we need to clean up our public transportation, along with using less cash. If there is no cash, there will be minimal beggars (nobody will pay them with their credit cards). If this is done we will have less beggars on the street corners. Their are plenty of homeless refusing food and water because they want money. On Coors and Montano, there was a beggar that was handed a water and he threw it across the street; off of Menaul,, I offered a water and orange and I was told "Na, I don't want that s***". I chose Rio Rancho to raise my daughter due to the lack in crime and homeless but this will be a thing of the past if something isn't done. Albuquerque will continue getting worse if something isn't done.
Patrick | Rio Rancho, NM

Too much negativity in this review.... While some statements about crime and reliance on government money are partially true, things are not really that dismal here. I also have lived here for over 30 years and experienced one burglary 20 years ago when I lived in a borderline neighborhood (part trendy, part crime infested). According to the latest statistics there are at least 25 cities among the largest 100 that are more dangerous than Albuquerque. While this is nothing to brag about, I wanted to concentrate on positive aspects of living here. I also wanted to say that Denver is also one of my favorite places. So first of all, the mild climate and about 300 days of sunshine are hard to beat. Denver and Phoenix can make similar claims, however Denver experiences more than 50 inches of snow and sometimes brutal cold, while Albuquerque only gets about 10 inches per winter and daytime temperatures rarely dips below 50 degrees. Similarly when summers are compared, Phoenix frequently experiences sweltering 110 degrees F, while Albuquerque rarely gets more than 95 F with comfy evenings of about 70 F, so you can keep your windows open at night. Sandia Mountain range that towers over the city offers a wonderful refuge from the summer heat among the pine, spruce and aspen trees with over 100 miles of shaded trails. It also has very impressive aerial tramway that will take you to the ski runs and a brand new restaurant with the city view below. In the middle of the town you can experience one of the largest cottonwood forests in the World that runs on both sides of the Rio Grande. Here you can see abundent wildlife with geese and whooping cranes, as well as endless walking and bike trails. The city itself offers a wide variety of attractions with 300 year old quaint adobe old town with colorful stores around the plaza. There are at least 10 fascinating museums to see - Balloon Museum, Atomic Museum, Science museum with Planetarium, Turquoise Museum, Art and History museum among others. The city is considered one of the most racially integrated in the country with people of many colors and ethnicities living next to each other. Albuquerque offers a wide variety of ethnic restaurants with New Mexican food being most popular, offering the best green chile dishes in the World. The latest trend in the city is proliferation of good quality microbreweries scattered all over town. Thruought the year one can experience all kinds of music, theater and film festivals with the most popular being - International Balloon Festival as the biggest tourist draw during the entire year. Within 2 hour drive one can also see the unique art cities of Santa Fe, Taos and Madrid, as well as many historic Indian Pueblos and a few more ski areas as well as miles of green trails and fenomenal rock formations in the deserts... To top it off I can add that Albuquerque is virtually free of natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and floods. Hopefully this explains why the moniker "Land of Enchantment" is not an irony....
Mark | Albuquerque, NM

I call this place I have been living for 3 years, Albuquerque New Mexico, an Un-Enchanting Wasteland. They are building so many huge homes in the high desert that it is giving me all types of health ailments. It's not the crime it's not the people it's not the land it's not the sun it is the weather conditions that have destroyed me here. Constant dust is scratching my gastric and I have many ailments including tinnitus and other not so pleasant things due to the conditions of the weather and elevation and how it is and that is the only thing that is killing me here.
Lady | Albuquerque, NM
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