LAND OF ENCHANTMENT
The communities that make up the Albuquerque metro area range from urban to rural, offering businesses and residents several choices when it comes to location.
The Albuquerque metro area boasts a population of 909,906 across four counties: Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, and Valencia.
With more than 556,495 residents, the City of Albuquerque in Bernalillo County is the population and commercial center of the state. Albuquerque is one of the most livable cities in the U.S., averaging more than 310 days of sunshine a year. The city rests at the foot of the Sandia Mountains, which peaks at 10,678 feet. The Rio Grande River runs north to south, dividing the city in to four major quadrants: northeast, northwest, southeast, and southwest. Albuquerque is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live, work and play. The city is home to a large mix of industrial, commercial and public corporations, including Fidelity Investments, Sennheiser, Raytheon, General Mills and Sandia National Laboratories.
Rio Rancho is a dynamic, fast-growing city located just minutes north of Albuquerque in Sandoval County. The “City of Vision” encompasses 73 square miles and bustles with more than 91,956 residents. Rio Rancho has a well-developed plan to meet the rapidly expanding commercial and residential development in the area. The city is home to a mix of industrial and commercial corporations including Intel Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, Lectrosonics, PCM and U.S. Cotton.
The City of Belen has a population of 7,239 and is located in rapidly growing Valencia County. The city is home to major manufacturing companies such as Aristech Surfaces and Clariant, as well as a host of smaller companies.
Just north of Belen in Valencia County is the Village of Los Lunas, which has a population of 15,308. Located only 20 minutes south of the Albuquerque International Sunport, Los Lunas is a unique, growing region of the Albuquerque metro area, with direct access to I-25 and a supportive community for economic development. There are two major industrial parks in Los Lunas: Los Morros and Huning Ranch, with the new Central New Mexico Rail Park under development. Tenants at Los Morros include a Wal-Mart distribution center and Wall Colmonoy. Facebook announced in September 2016 that it selected Los Lunas’ Huning Ranch for its newest data center.
Rio Communities is a master-planned city with a population of 5,189 residents and incorporated in 2013, making it one of the newest municipalities in New Mexico. The city is located in Valencia County just 12 miles southeast of fast-growing Los Lunas and 7 miles east of I-25, with scenic views of the Rio Grande River Valley and Manzano Mountains. A large I-3 Industrial Park lies contiguous to the city and includes a railroad spur. The Park is home to three plastics companies, with room for more manufacturing operations.
Just east of Albuquerque on Interstate 40, Estancia Valley spans Torrance and southern Santa Fe Counties, and is home to several incorporated communities, including Edgewood, Estancia, Moriarty and Mountainair. The valley’s excellent highway system, attractive tax rates, widespread broadband internet access, and a wide variety of settings make the valley a prime location for enterprises of all kinds. Employers include Tagawa Greenhouses, award-winning Sierra Blanca Brewery, Iberdrola Renewables, Inc. (El Cabo wind project) and the Single Action Shooting Society.
Los Ranchos de Albuquerque
The Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque (pop. 6,025) is located in the heart of the North Valley region of Bernalillo County, just seven miles from downtown Albuquerque. With the Rio Grande River to the west and the Sandia Mountains to the east, the area offers rural quiet living with an abundance of wildlife and great vistas.
The Town of Bernalillo (pop. 8,320) is a growing community on the northern outskirts of Albuquerque. Bernalillo offers businesses and residents friendly small town charm and a great sense of family and community. In the past five years, the community has experienced significant residential, retail and commercial growth.