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Albuquerque, New Mexico Education and City Information

Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico, with over half a million people. It hosts the main campus of the University of New Mexico, as well as two public community colleges.

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Information about Albuquerque, New Mexico

Based on 2014 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, Albuquerque has a population of 557,169. Nearly 70 percent of the city's population identified as white in 2010, with nearly 47 percent of residents declaring Hispanic or Latino heritage. Albuquerque's median household income was $47,413 for the years 2010-2014, which was slightly higher than the statewide median of $44,968.

The state's sunny skies, mild temperatures and low rainfall often lead people to think New Mexico is a flat, dry desert. Yet, it boasts 13,000-foot peaks, alpine lakes, evergreen forests and plenty of snow in the winter. Albuquerque offers numerous entertainment options, including Tingley Aquatic Park, the ABQ BioPark Zoo, the Albuquerque Aquarium and the Rio Grande Botanic Garden. Additionally, each summer since 1962, Albuquerque has hosted the New Mexico Arts and Crafts fair. This nonprofit show, which is exclusive to New Mexico artisans and craftspeople, is one of the largest events in the state.

Albuquerque Educational Opportunities

Students can earn an associate's, bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree, as well as a variety of certificates, at the main campus of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. As of Fall 2014, this public university had more than 27,000 students, including nearly 22,000 undergraduates.

Albuquerque also is home to Central New Mexico Community College, which had an enrollment of more than 26,700 students as of Fall 2014, and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, a small tribal college. Each of these schools features certificate and associate's degree programs. A large number of proprietary schools are also located in Albuquerque.

Albuquerque Economy

Kirtland Air Force Base is Albuquerque's largest employer. The city also hosts the primary campus of Sandia National Laboratories, a National Nuclear Security Administration lab. Other large employers include a Tempur-Pedic manufacturing plant and a branch of global security corporation Hewlett-Packard.

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