Rio Rancho, NM
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Rio Rancho is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New Mexico. With a population of 94,171 people and 15 constituent neighborhoods, Rio Rancho is the third largest community in New Mexico.

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

Unlike some cities, Rio Rancho isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Rio Rancho are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Rio Rancho is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Rio Rancho who work in office and administrative support (14.71%), sales jobs (11.54%), and management occupations (10.21%).

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

One downside of living in Rio Rancho is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Rio Rancho, the average commute to work is 30.76 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

The overall education level of Rio Rancho is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 28.26% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Rio Rancho in 2010 was $27,004, 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 $108,016 for a family of four. However, Rio Rancho contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Rio Rancho is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Rio Rancho home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Rio Rancho residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Rio Rancho also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 39.85% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Rio Rancho include English, Irish, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Rio Rancho is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.