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 96,028 people and 15 constituent neighborhoods, Rio Rancho is the third largest community in New Mexico.

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 (14.86%), sales jobs (11.95%), and management occupations (10.13%).

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.

In Rio Rancho, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.62 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Rio Rancho is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Rio Rancho area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

In terms of college education, Rio Rancho is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 30.00% of adults in Rio Rancho have a college degree.

The per capita income in Rio Rancho in 2010 was $27,537, 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 $110,148 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 40.28% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Rio Rancho include Irish, English, Italian, and European.

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