America’s Best Places Rank: 15th
Population: 515,107
Mayor: Richard J. Berry

Why it’s ranked: With the Rio Grande running through and the Sandia Mountains to the east, New Mexico’s largest city is a picturesque and sunny place to live. The schools are great, unemployment is low, and Albuquerque has lots of park acres per person.

How it ranked:
Percent with bachelor's degrees: 32.2
Percent under poverty level: 15.2
Median household income: $45,478
Violent crime rate: 769.3
Property crime rate: 5,491.5
School score: 73.33
Pro sports teams: 0
Foreclosure rate: .0079
Percent Unemployment: 7.3
Park acres per 1,000 residents: 61.5
Bars: 71
Restaurants: 1,115
Museums: 105
Colleges: 8
Libraries: 23
Air Quality Index: 90
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