The Albuquerque metro area’s population totals 909,344 residents and is currently growing at a steady pace of 1 to 2 percent a year. The area’s five-year growth rate is projected at 7.2 percent compared with the national rate of 4.0 percent.
From 2000 to 2010, the Albuquerque metro area increased 21.6 percent adding 157,428 residents. The City of Rio Rancho, located northwest of Albuquerque in Sandoval County, is the fastest growing city in New Mexico with a population of 85,639 increasing by 65 percent from 2000-2010.
|County (largest community)
||2010 Census Population
||2014 Estimated Population|
|Sandoval (Rio Rancho)
|Valencia (Belen, Los Lunas)
|MSA Total Population
|City of Albuquerque
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Claritas Estimates, 2014
Despite the growth of the Albuquerque area, commute times are very reasonable, thus enhancing the work/life balance valued by many. Albuquerque was ranked the 13th best commute city in the nation. Approximately 65 percent of Albuquerque metro residents have a commute time of 29 minutes or less with the average commute time of 25 minutes.
On a per capita basis, the Albuquerque metro ranks among the top 25 largest metros in the nation for cities with the most college graduates. The Albuquerque area is home to over 60,000 enrolled college students and 29 percent of the metro population has a bachelor’s degree or higher. New Mexico has one of the highest concentration of Ph.D.s in the nation.
Albuquerque Metro Area Educational Attainment
Population Age 25 and Older
|High School Graduate
|College Graduate (Assoc./Bach.)
|Graduate or Professional
Source: Claritas Inc. 2014 Estimates
Albuquerque’s 20-to-34 year old demographic was projected to grow at 10.3 percent vs the US average of 5.1 percent over the five year period from 2005 to 2010.
The average age of an Albuquerque metro resident is 38.10 years with the median age being 37 years.
|Albuquerque Metro Area Age Profile|
|18 to 24
|25 to 44
|45 to 64
|65 and over
Source: Claritas Inc. 2014 Estimates.
According to data from the American Community Survey, 22.9 percent of the metro's populations (5 years and over) is bilingual. Of this, the majority — 74 percent — speak Spanish and English "very well." According to author Richard Florida’s Rise of the Creative Class, Albuquerque was ranked the number one most creative mid-sized city in the U.S., thanks in part to its diversity.
|Albuquerque Metro Area Diversity Profile|
|Hispanic or Latino
|American Indian and Alaska Native
|Black or African American
|Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
|Some Other Race
|Two or More Races
Source: Claritas Inc. 2014 Estimates. May not add to 100 percent due to rounding.
Median Household Income: $47,775
Average Household Income: $63,213
Per Capita Income: $25,042