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"The Duke City"

College town, financial and commercial center

Albuquerque is a city in Bernalillo County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after the Duke of Alburquerque, viceroy of New Spain.

The latitude of Albuquerque is 35.084N. The longitude is -106.65W.

It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 4,957 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 471,856.

Median household income
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Albuquerque demographic reports
Albuquerque is on the Rio Grande.
Former and merged names include:
· San Felipe de Alburquerque
· San Francisco de Alburquerque
· Bosque Grande
· San Felipe Neri
Military outpost until 1870

Grew at the end of the 19th century as patients with tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases flocked here

Public transportation: Sun Tran of Albuquerque (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 4,439. The number of murders and homicides was 51. The violent crime rate was 9.5 per 1,000 people.
Local foods: chile verde
Filming location for:
· 1983 movie, "Silkwood"
· 1987 movie, "Outrageous Fortune"
· 2007 movie, "Wild Hogs"
· 2007 movie, "In the Valley of Elah"
· 2003 movie, "Off the Map"
· 2006 movie, "Employee of the Month"
· 2006 movie, "First Snow"
· 2005 movie, "Rent"
Well-known residents have included:
· Ronnie Lott, football player
· Mike Judge, animator (Beavis and Butt-head)
· Unser family of motor sports fame (Al Jr., Al Sr., Bobby)
· Neil Patrick Harris, actor
· Ernie Pyle, journalist
Local bands (past and present) have included The Shins
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks, Gloria Jean's
Local festivals include:
  • Bird and Bat Festival - Jan. 20, 2007
  • Balloon Fiesta - Oct. 5-14, 2007
  • Albuquerque Folk Festival - June 16, 2007
  • Globalquerque - Sept. 21-23, 2007
  • Aki Matsuri Japanese Fall Festival - Sept. 30, 2007
  • New Mexico State Fair - Sept. 7-23, 2007
  • Gathering of Nations Powwow - April 26-28, 2007
Dates often change. Check Albuquerque web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: New Mexico Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Cibola National Forest, Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
Albuquerque attractions: Rio Grande Zoo, Albuquerque Biological Park (Albuquerque Aquarium, Rio Grande Botanic Garden, Rio Grande Zoo and Tingley Beach)
Sports teams: Isotopes (minor league baseball), Thunderbirds (NBA D League)
Historic routes: El Camino Real
Historic sites and museums: Museum of Natural History and Science, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, American International Rattlesnake Museum, National Atomic Museum, Petroglyph National Monument, Explora Science Center
Colleges and universities: University of New Mexico, Franklin College, Pima Medical Institute, University of Phoenix-Albuquerque, Parks College, Central New Mexico Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 140
Albuquerque. I take the Central Avenue exit, the old road, the traditional thoroughfare through what was once -- long ago -- the heart of the city. Trying hard to work up a twinge of nostalgia. Hard work, for the city that I loved has disappeared.
-- The Fool's Progress
Edward Abbey

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Albuquerque demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Bernalillo County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Albuquerque area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 87116 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

12% of Albuquerque residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Albuquerque ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Albuquerque was $20,884, compared with $21,587 nationally.


32% of Albuquerque residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

Fairs, festivals & other events
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Historic districts in Albuquerque include Fourth Ward District, Huning Highlands Historic District, Los Griegos Historic District, Menaul School Historic District, Silver Hill Historic District, Spruce Park Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Albuquerque, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $501.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,034.


Libraries in Albuquerque include Alamosa/Robert L. Murphy Memorial Library, Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Main Library, Cherry Hills Library, Erna Fergusson Library, Ernie Pyle Library, Esperanza Branch, Juan Tabo Library, Lomas Tramway Library, Los Griegos Library, North Valley Library ... View libraries


Media outlets

Newspapers in Albuquerque include Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque Tribune

TV stations in Albuquerque include KASY, KAZQ, KLUZ, KNAT, KNME, KOAT, KOB, KRQE, KTFQ.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KANW., KUNM.

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Bernalillo County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Albuquerque political report.

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Albuquerque restaurants taking online reservations include Gruet Steakhouse, Los Equipales, McGrath's Bar and Grille at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, Rancher's Club of New Mexico, Scalo, Seasons Rotisserie & Grill, Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro ... View restaurants


The average commute time for Albuquerque workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 156 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Albuquerque between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 3.5 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.


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“ Albuquerque. I take the Central Avenue exit, the old road, the traditional thoroughfare through what was once -- long ago -- the heart of the city. Trying hard to work up a twinge of nostalgia. Hard work, for the city that I loved has disappeared. ”
~ The Fool's Progress
Edward Abbey

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