Thinking of moving to Albuquerque, NM. What's it like there?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Living in or near Albuquerque NM...
    Love it! : (3 votes)
    27 %
    Like it. : (2 votes)
    18 %
    Dislike it. : (5 votes)
    45 %
    Hate it. : (1 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 2
    6606 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I don’t live in ABQ, but 3 hours north.  I do have some friends who live down there.  One thing I’ve come to understand is that it’s not as safe as one would hope and people seem to get their cars broken into.  The ones this happens to have implied to me that if you live there, it’ll happen eventually. (on the other hand, mine was broken into in podunk, AZ so it can happen anywhere!).

    I know nothing at all about cost of living.  I do know the mall is huge, there’s a See’s candy there (best chocolates ever), there are Asian grocery stores and though I haven’t looked, I guarantee there are Mexican ones as well.   The balloon fiesta is awesome but tends to make it very crowded.  There’s a big powwow every year but I haven’t attended that.  Traffic is heavy at the best of times but the overpasses look nice.  It is a cardinal sin not to like green chile (I don’t, haha).  There are lots of delicious places to eat.  The hospitals are decent – a coworker’s grandson was born very early and she just loved Presbyterian, which is where he stayed for a couple of months.

    The mountains to the east of the city sometimes get snow and look pretty when they do.  There’s a lift that my friend got engaged on and really likes – they go back for their anniversary every year.  The mountains housed copper mines and I think turquoise as well.  There are casinos if you’re into that.  So much nifty heritage to look into, both Spanish and Native American.  It’s a fairly easy drive to Santa Fe if you like towns or better still, places like Jemez Springs, Bandalier Natl Monument, Taos, Chama (which has a steam train). The main highways cross through ABQ so you can shoot down to Las Cruces and everything on the way or over to Gallup which has a great Saturday flea market.  Several Natl. monuments or parks are in the state.  And the airport is small, so it’s easy to get through, but it still has major airlines rather than being a little local place.  You’ll be able to fly back home for visits so easily!

    Personally I hate ABQ, but that’s cause I’m a country girl at heart. It’s huge!  I like where I live now despite the general poverty of the area.  But if I want to purchase anything major or need to attend continuing education seminars, ABQ is the place to go.  Rio Rancho is the outskirts but really in my perspective it all gloms together.

    Anything specific you’re wondering about that someone 3 hours away can answer?

    Post # 3
    78 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2018

    Born and raised in Albuquerque and am temporarily living here again. I’ve also lived in Denver briefly and went to college in D.C. for 4 years.

    Albuquerque is a beautiful city with a unique and deep culture. Like everything else, it will depend on what you enjoy doing, what you’re used to and what you can and cannot tolerate (as mentioned above, crime here is pretty bad.)

    Albuquerque is beautiful! You have sprawling mountains to the east and the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen in my life. We have natural hot springs, beautiful campsites and hikes that people come miles and miles to witness (see: Tent Rocks) all within an hours drive. The art scene here is thriving. There is TONS of culture and great food that you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere else from authentic Native American food to traditional New Mexican food (to die for!) and authentic Mexican. The people are (for the most part) are open and welcoming. We have a thriving brewery culture. People travel from around the world to see the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta every fall that FILLS the sky with hot air balloons every morning for a week – never seen anything like it. If you’re into art and culture and a very calm and relaxed atmosphere, Albuquerque can make a great home. The price of living is VERY low. I have friends making barley above minimum wage that have nice houses and are living comfortably. I have more than a few friends who have moved here from out of state and love it. I have even more friends that have moved away and end up coming back.

    THE BAD:
    As mentioned by PP, Albuquerque’s crime rate is terrible. There are full neighborhoods (not so affectionately named “The WAR-ZONE”) that I avoid at all costs. The other day my fiance was surprised to find a stranger sleeping in his car with grocery bags full of his stuff ready to be stolen and his seats cut up. Pretty much everyone I know has a story like this. The economy is pretty bad – however, as mentioned above, if you can find a decent job you’ll live well because the cost of living is so low. I’m 24 and almost all of my friends from high school have moved away to find better opportunities. I’ll be leaving for the same reason as soon as I get married in June. Depending on what you’re into and what you’re used to, it can be pretty slow moving here. For some people that’s a good thing – coming from D.C., I find myself missing the festivals, events, nightlife and variety of free activities that bigger cities have to offer. Minus the breweries, the nightlife here is pretty terrible and you’ll find that most weekends the only thing to do is go out to eat/drink or attend a movie.

    All and all, Albuquerque has it’s ups and downs like any city. Your priorities will have a huge impact on how you feel about the city. Feel free to ask me any questions!

    Post # 4
    2131 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2017

    I agree with the PP. Albuquerque has positive and negatives like any city. The positives are the culture, outdoors, food, sunshine, and the people. It is so easy to get to beautiful places. Tent rocks is a great example.

    The negatives include the crime rate and economy. I don’t leave anything in my car that I want stolen. 

    Post # 5
    928 posts
    Busy bee

    I don’t live in ABQ but have spent a ton of time in Santa Fe and the surrounding area.  My take: its a better vacation spot than a place to live. 


    Little known fact- heroin is as big of a problem in NM as it is in New Husband, just doesn’t make the headlines because it’s mostly the Indian population using vs middle class whites.  Drugs, poverty, and crime are major deferents to my ever wanting to live in NM.


    On the flip side, amazing weather almost year-round, natural beauty, unique culture, arts community, and LOVE LOVE New Mex-Mex food. 


    What is drawing you to ABQ, OP?

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