Albuquerque, NM
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Albuquerque is a very large city located in the state of New Mexico. With a population of 559,121 people and 145 constituent neighborhoods, Albuquerque is the largest community in New Mexico.

Albuquerque real estate is some of the most expensive in New Mexico, although Albuquerque house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Albuquerque is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Albuquerque is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Albuquerque who work in office and administrative support (13.44%), sales jobs (10.20%), and management occupations (8.75%).

Also of interest is that Albuquerque has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One important feature of Albuquerque is that it is one of the most car-oriented large cities in the country. In fact, 0.83% of people commute to and from work every day by private automobile, eschewing alternative forms of transportation, which are not widely available in Albuquerque anyway. So, if you like to drive, Albuquerque is the city for you! The landscape around Albuquerque reflects this: wide streets, parking lots, plenty of highways, malls, and shopping centers are what you'll find.

The education level of Albuquerque citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.51% of adults in Albuquerque have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Albuquerque in 2010 was $26,683, which is wealthy relative to New Mexico, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $106,732 for a family of four. However, Albuquerque contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Albuquerque is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Albuquerque home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Albuquerque, accounting for 47.67% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Albuquerque residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Albuquerque include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

The most common language spoken in Albuquerque is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Navajo.