Best place to raise kids in New Mexico: South Valley
Nearby city: Albuquerque
Median family income: $43,806
Runner-up: North Valley
A commuter suburb of Albuquerque, South Valley runs south along the banks of the Rio Grande River. That means the Rio Grande Valley State Park runs through the center of South Valley, with great views on trails that run along the river. Most of the houses in the area are affordable, with yards, and many sport the southwest look and adobe construction.