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Albuquerque city overview
Albuquerque, New Mexico is a desert city, the largest in the state with around 550,000 in the city and around a million in the wider metro area. As one of the highest cities in the country, at 4,900 feet, it takes a little acclimating when you first arrive.
Brief history of Albuquerque
The Petroglyph National Monument close to the city shows the area has been inhabited for thousands of years. The Tanoan and Keresan people lived along the Rio Grande long before the settlers came and had ventured up and down the river and had several settlements along the way.
Settlers arrived in 1706 when the Spanish established the Villa de Alburquerque settlement. Named after Francisco Fernández de la Cueva, 10th Duke of Alburquerque, which is a small Spanish town close to the border with Portugal. The settlement began as a farming area and military outpost. The town quickly became a major sheep herding center.
Built in the Spanish style, the town had a European character that survived after being owned by Mexico and after being ceded to the United States. The town grew modestly until the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad arrived in 1880, when the railroad company built a hospital by the railyards and traders moved into the area.
The arrival of Route 66 brought tourism, the climate brought hospitals and recuperating patients and Kirtland Air Force Base in 1939, Sandia Base in the early 1940s, and Sandia National Laboratories in 1949 all added their influence and growth has been steady ever since.
Doing business in Albuquerque
Being in the center of the New Mexico Technology Corridor, tech plays a significant part in the economy of Albuquerque. The Sandia National Laboratories and Kirtland Air Force Base both contribute heavily to the local economy, both directly and indirectly by supporting industries and employing thousands of people in the area.
Intel and Northrop Grumman both have a significant presence, as does Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Tempur-Pedic has a factory here, as does Zoneworks, the solar energy company.
Highlights of Albuquerque
There is a lot to see and do in Albuquerque. As the city has quite a varied history and has played a part in some significant events, culture is celebrated here. Highlights include Albuquerque Biological Park, Rio Grande Zoo, Rio Grande Botanical Garden, National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and dozens of other venues.
Albuquerque city character
Albuquerque was voted one of the Top 50 Best Places to Live and Play by National Geographic Adventure magazine. The climate, steady supply of jobs and casual outlook lends itself well to life in a bit city. The people are casual too, with formal dress being rare. That is partly due to the heat and partly due to the laid back attitude.
Albuquerque is a friendly place that is easy tog et along with. There are lots of things to do, the population is educated and has a cosmopolitan outlook on life. All conspire to make the city a nice place to live and work.
Albuquerque is divided into distinct quadrants. Northeast Quadrant, Northwest Quadrant, Southeast Quadrant and Southwest Quadrant. Each has its own character and identity and features a range of neighborhoods.