New Mexico City Resources

Albuquerque

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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With 448,607 residents, Albuquerque is New Mexico’s largest city and the economic engine for much of the state. It is home to the University of New Mexico, famed for the annual balloon fiesta,  the center of a bustling film industry, and a hub for advanced healthcare. Hailed as one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the United States, its rich cultural origins can be seen in the Pueblo-style architecture or tasted in its cuisine.

Farmington

Farmington, New Mexico

Farmington, New Mexico is the largest city in San Juan, a county located in the Four Corners area in New Mexico’s northwest region. Farmington has a population of 45,877 people as of the 2010 U.S. Census. Due to the booming energy sector, Farmington and San Juan county are one of the most economically vibrant areas in New Mexico.

Las Cruces

Las Cruces, New Mexico

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Las Cruces, New Mexico is the second largest city in New Mexico with an estimated population of 101,324 as of 2013 and has grown by 3.8% over the last several years. Las Cruces is located in southern New Mexico’s Dona Ana County. It is home to New Mexico State University, is near White Sands National Monument, and the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks was recently designated a national monument. Las Cruces averages 340 days of sunshine per year, and is one reason why Forbes’ listed it among its top 10 retirement destinations.

Rio Rancho

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Much distinguishes Rio Rancho from other cities in New Mexico. This master-planned community located in Sandoval county is one of New Mexico’s newer cities. It was in the early 1960s that AMREP Corporation purchased 55 acres on what was originally the site of Koontz Ranch. Growth was initially modest. Over the next two decades, Rio Rancho’s population had yet to met the 10,000 mark, but that all soon changed. Over the next ten years, it more than tripled in size. It was when Intel Corporation opened a micro-processing plant in the mid 90s that Rio Rancho became one of the fastest growing cities in North American. Its rise was so meteoric, in fact, that it some came to national prominence.

Today Rio Rancho is New Mexico’s third largest city with some 99,956 residents living within its 103 square miles. It is one of the state’s fastest growing cities, the economic engine for Sandoval County, and one of New Mexico’s more densely populated areas. It has evolved a synergistic relationship with nearby Albuquerque. Rio Rancho is now home to University of New Mexico West, a secondary campus of New Mexico’s flagship institution of higher learning, and it features two major, state-of-the-art hospitals.

Roswell

Roswell, New Mexico

roswell-new-mexicoRoswell, New Mexico is the seat of Chaves County in Southeastern New Mexico. It has a population of 48,477 per 2012 estimates. This figure makes Roswell the largest city in Southeastern New Mexico and the fifth largest city in the state. Roswell is the area’s transportation and medical hub. While agriculture and ranching have long been the main stay of the economy, it has recently emerged as a center of small scale manufacturing, food production as well as other industries that seek to take advantage of the airport and rail spur located there. The oil and gas industry is also beginning to be felt in Roswell.

Santa Fe

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe is the capital of New Mexico and touted as the oldest capital city in the United States. The U.S. Census put the population in the city at 69,204, making it the fourth largest city in the state. The population for Santa Fe County (2010) was estimated at 144,170. Santa Fe’s art scene, Opera, numerous festivals attract 2 million over night visitors according to some estimates.

Taos

Taos, New Mexico

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Taos is county as well as the self-named county seat for New Mexico’s north central region. It is set on a high mesa plateau in the Sangres de Cristo mountains and enjoys a semi-arid climate and over 300 days of sunshine. Nearby communities include Arroyo Seco,  Cañon, El Prado and Ranchos de Taos. Taos County is home to 33,035 people but visitors swell this number.  The town takes its name from the nearby Native American village of Taos Pueblo.