Economy and Job Market
A 2007 Census report named the Albuquerque area as the sixth fastest growing community in the nation, while in 2006 Forbes ranked it as “The Nation's Best City for Business and Careers.” Albuquerque is a metropolitan area of 840,000 people. The area boasts a major university and an air force base and all the jobs that go with those two industries. Kirtland Air Force Base is the area's biggest employer. The Albuquerque metro area accounts for nearly half of all the economic activity in New Mexico and much of that stems from high tech companies in the area. The area also boasts a number of manufacturing companies including Intel, GE, General Mills, and Tempur-Pedic. There are also a number of f financial, insurance, and healthcare offices.
Attractions and Points of Interest
Old Town, the historic district of Albuquerque, includes a number of galleries and artisans native to the area, as well as a ghost tour hosted by the Southwest Ghosthunters Association. Other points of interest include the Albuquerque Aquarium, the Albuquerque Biological Park, Explora Science Center, the Rio Grande Botanical Garden and the Rio Grande Zoological Park. Historic Rout 66 runs through the city, and there are a number of Southwest and Native American artists and craftsmen throughout the area.
The city hosts the annual New Mexico State Fair for 17 days in September at Expo New Mexico, but is most famous for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the largest hot air balloon gathering in the world. Held during early October, there are over 700 balloons in the air and it has been billed as the “the most photographed event in the world.”
Los Ranchos de Albuquerque is also located in the heart of the North Valley area. A mostly rural and open area, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque offers residents additional opportunities for shopping, staying at bed and breakfast inns, and partaking in outdoor activities such as horseback riding, hiking, and biking. With the gorgeous Sandia Mountains serving as a backdrop, many will enjoy the breathless views of the desert and the nature-filled surroundings when exploring the area.
Sports fans have many options in the area. The University of New Mexico features a good athletic department. Their basketball team plays at the infamous Pit, one of the most feared home court advantages in college basketball. The venue has hosted numerous NCAA Basketball Tournament games, while the college's football stadium hosts the New Mexico Bowl every December. Minor league sports are also plentiful. Minor League Baseball has been a staple for decades. The current incarnation is the Albuquerque Isotopes, the AAA affiliate of the Florida Marlins. There is also NBA Developmental League basketball, AA Hockey and indoor football.
Parks and Recreations
The area has a very strong Parks and Recreation department. There are a number of activities available from athletic fields to pools to extreme sports and outdoors activities. There are a number of sports leagues and lessons, including tennis, basketball, flag football and softball. There are also nearby campgrounds and shooting ranges.
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