Albuquerque is the largest city in the state of New Mexico, and one of the most unique cities in the west. Currently home to Sandia National Laboratories, Kirtland Air Force Base, and the University of New Mexico, there is a diverse group of people who call Albuquerque home. More than half of the residents in the entire state of New Mexico live in Albuquerque or the surrounding metropolitan area.
Albuquerque has an arid climate, which makes winters mild and summers hot. In Albuquerque it is important to wear moisturizer and sunscreen, and drink lots of water. Dehydration and heat stroke are serious concerns. Just a short drive north, east, or west, and the elevation rises, and the climate becomes slightly more temperate.
One of the most colourful stretches of historic Route 66 is in Albuquerque along Central Avenue. The first travelers on Route 66 were in 1926. Route 66 originally ran through the city along Fourth Street going from north to south. Route 66 was realigned along Central Avenue in the 1930s as Central Avenue runs east to west. Surviving structures from the Route 66 era dot Central Avenue, with a few still scattered on Fourth.
In central Albuquerque you'll find the Big I - a large interchange between Interstate 25 and Interstate 40. In efforts to beautify the city, Albuquerque has livened up the Big I with big stripes of turquoise on the sides of the elevated stacks, and sculpture in the landscape below the Big Eye.
You're likely to hear the phrase "Red or green?" while you are in Albuquerque. This refers to the type of chile sauce you would like. "Red or green?" is the state's official question, adopted in 1999. A common answer is "Christmas." - Both red and green.
The state of New Mexico is served by the Albuquerque International Sunport. The present terminal was constructed in the 1960s.
Albuquerque has many sister cities including Alburquerque, Spain; Aşgabat, Turkey; and Sasebo, Japan.
Average Commute Time: 21.3
Median Household Income: $45,478