Rio Rancho, NM
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Living in Rio Rancho


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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Rio Rancho is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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.

One downside of living in Rio Rancho, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.62 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

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.

The overall education level of Rio Rancho citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.00% of adults in Rio Rancho have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

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.