As one of the oldest cities in America, Albuquerque is located in the high desert nestled against the Sandia Mountains. The area prides itself on its diverse cultures, rich history and breathtaking landscapes. Centuries-old adobes line its lively Old Town district. Albuquerque considers itself a “world class community” based on its modern and efficient transportation network, excellent healthcare for all, sustainable environment, and reliable sources of power and water. Population: 545,852 as of the 2010 Census, and was the sixth fastest-growing city in America as of 2007.
Climate: Usually sunny and dry, with low relative humidity, and some 300 days per year of sunshine. Albuquerque gets 15 inches of rain per year and 27 inches of snowfall.
Cost of living: Attractive to retirement budgets, the cost of living in Albuquerque is 3% less than the national average.
Housing costs: Retirement housing is a bit more expensive, at 17% greater than the national average. The median home cost in Albuquerque is $189,700.
Colleges and Universities: Joining the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of New Mexico means discovering new friends, new knowledge and new ways of bringing meaning and enjoyment to retirement life.
Transportation:As the state’s largest commercial airport, Albuquerque International Sunport is a full-service facility that serves more than six million travelers per year. Cycling is a way to promote healthy retirement as a method of transportation in this city which has more than 400 miles of bike paths and trails with more in the works.
Travel and tourism: Let your imagination soar in the “Capital of Ballooning,” and enjoy the museum dedicated to this colorful event. Retirees will never be bored with so many fun things to do including shopping for authentic Native American jewelry, exploring living history museums, attending festivals, sampling local cuisines or hitting the golf courses.