I have been here just about 2 years with family. First, on the plus side++ Housing is very reasonable , gas is very reasonable but (see below)+ Roads are maintained (just poorly designed)+ Somewhat diverse (ethnically, economically, maybe religiously?) but (see below)+ About 2 months of good moderate weather (great hiking - weather permitting)+ School facilities seem good and teachers seem to try but (see below)+ APD seems to catch the criminals pretty quickly...-- Unfortunately, the judicial is quick to play catch & release, thus,--- Crime/criminal behavior flourishes --- Kids/family do not seem a priority - overpriced recreational programs, public parks & rec has insufficient programs/facilities; thus, idol unsupervised kids...--- Weather is slightly extreme at too hot, too cold, too windy about 10 months out of the year. Only the criminals don't mind this. Otherwise, most people keep indoors.- Not enough outdoor activities- Closed attitudes to change- Drivers drive inefficiently causing traffic--- APS (school district) seems to heavily mismanage the billion dollar annual budget - so the kids & teachers take the first hits instead of the too many 6 figured executives.--- The economic segregation is ghastly. The very poor are located in the dirtiest, polluted, apocalyptic part of the city instead of integrated into more affordable less distressed areas. I have never liked the idea of assuming poor are more criminalistic and that doctors, IT, lawyers, government contractors, bankers, and more have higher morals or less criminal behavior. However, placing a distressed group of people into 1 area is not the making of good things.Having lived in many areas of the US and some of the most high cost of living areas I know what an economic struggle feels like especially when your skills barely put you above minimum wage. In many conversations I have had/overheard I hear the constant complaint of money. I just wonder what some of these locals would do if they actually lived in a high cost of living area. I was able to survive in those areas working 2 or 3 low-medium wage jobs, always carrying credit card debt, living with roommates, but the economics of those areas were against me - so I moved to affordable areas that had the same jobs available. So, there is a cultural drab of some kind in this city and probably a lot to do with some things I mentioned.Again, this is not the worst city I have lived in, but not one I feel I can call home permanently. However, come visit just don't park your trailor far out of site. Stay in a motel locked and loaded to protect your self & stuff.
I was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. One of my favorite things is traveling the world. Seeing how others live. It fascinates me. I love the whole experience and usually find something unique or neat about each place I've traveled to. Hands down Albuquerque is the most depressing place w not s single redeeming quality about it, for me. It's almost like there is a funk over the whole place and it possess the people who are here over a certain period of time. Drivers are the worst I've seen. Even the cops drive recklessly here. Not to mention it seems as if there are 5 officers to every citizen. I have not enjoyed a single meal here (usually firehouse is s sure bet no matter what and even they screw that up.) Since being here I have not had one pleasant encounter. People seem un helpful, rude, and pushy. The only people that go out of their way to be friendly and open up a door for another person seem to be the tweakers (maybe that's the only way to enjoy this place - be severely chemically altered.)Every morning the news has some horrific story about a crime spree and I've personally witnessed 3 crimes infront of me in the 3 months I've been here. 32 years in Nevada and my father was a cop for 31 and I have never seen half the things in my lifetime as I've witnessed here. Complete cess pool. I say burn it! Give it back to Mexico (lol). If I never have to return here again it would be too soon.
I moved here to be closer to family and I landed a good job from a local employer while visiting. At first, it was great - mostly because I worked too much to notice anything else. I also liked my new apartment located in the heart of downtown. People told me I was crazy to live downtown being that I am a young, professional female but I thought, I've lived in other cities, how bad can it be? BAD. The ABQ bums are strung out on meth making them completely insane. To give you a better idea, these are not East Coast bums that are down on their luck, these are welfare mooch bums that are homeless by choice, ie. more entitled than most wealthy people. I witnessed or heard about a random assault daily. Many were from residents of my apartment or guests of residents. I forgot to mention, this brand new apartment offered subsidized units and even brought in people from the homeless shelters while working professionals paid full price for the same or even smaller units. We were the minority - less than 20% of total occupancy. Housing market is the worst I have ever seen. Locals think I am a snob but I'm sorry, take some pride in your home. Most central areas are run down and reminiscent of Tijuana slums. Oh it gets better, all of these low ceiling, tiny, desperately needing work, box houses are listed for rent or sale well over their market value. Without HOA's people stack garbage and junk all over their properties. Seriously, the show hoarders should just drive through the South Valley for at least a years' worth of material. Cars are the same way - a complete and total rip-off.Lastly, that job I told you about, I was fired because a Hispanic bully boss targeted me after only three months of working there. I had built up a strong book of business in a short time and was over-performing in spite of the harassment, he had a horrible reputation, poor work performance and was argumentative and irrational; he's still working and I'm not. That's ABQ for you! If you're not a free-loader and a petty government handout is not your ultimate goal in life - I highly do not recommend.
12/06/15 someone dumped a full-sized couch by the side fence---I called 311 on Monday-I'm 73 by the way. I was told it would be picked up 12/08/15, the normal trash day. I called today, 12/09/15 and again they say. "It will be picked up tomorrow morning."
Monday I was given a lecture about dumping stuff and expecting the city to pick it up. I was asked how it got there-I don't know- Everything but help. I keep telling them that the sidewalk and street belong to the city.
People might trip over it in the dark. They might hit it with their car. I've put a sign on it- CALL 311- Please.
Post offices close in the middle of the day. I have been told not to use the postal service because it is so unreliable. The public school system is a monstrous behemoth of misfiled paperwork rivaling Kafka, and the social services offices are good at only one thing and that is losing faxes. I really don't understand how this city functions. Everyone shows up late, even to the Bar Exam and flip flops and sweat pants are apparently considered professional attire even for school teachers. This places has very little for anyone interested in eating anything other than burgers or burritos. The city, if you can call it that, sleeps at about 5pm. There are no good bars, and by that I mean there are only bars for bros. There is very little art that does not have a wagon wheel on it and everything is centered around car culture (the vintage cars and low riders and the people who fix and drive them are the only redeeming quality about the car culture). I can't wait to leave this mass-transitless hole of poverty and unhealthy living. Don't come here if you don't have to, and leave as soon as you can.
After a few years of living here I have become very comfortable about the area due to the increasing violent crime and horrible drivers that perpetually speed and run red lights.
I don't know where I may be living next, but moving away from here is my goal. Many people I have talked with feel the same way and are on the verge of moving almost anywhere just to get away from here.
The incredible number of repeat drunk drivers is a danger and an embarrassment to the city, but they continue issuing permits for more alcohol producing breweries under the guise of job growth, it makes no sense.
The career criminals know how to play the legal system, which doesn't seem to be very difficult, to quickly get back to the streets and their law breaking routines.
Government at all levels throughout the state appears to be, and always has been, corrupt. It is common to learn that various relatives and friends have been given jobs and appointments rather than people that are actually qualified to perform these jobs. As with most things, this situation ultimately hits the tax payers in the wallet due to inept decisions and failed management of various state run programs.
One of the few positive things I've experienced here is the weather, it's pretty nice most of the year.
If you are considering moving to ABQ do some intense research about the area where you might want to live. Talk with people who have been there for a while to get some honest and candid input. This may save you from having to repack hundreds of boxes and relocating again as I am in the process of doing.
I grew up in Albuquerque. I was excited to move away but am moving home this summer & can't wait!
1. Great restaurants & food! The Mexican food is the best but you can get any type of cuisine & it's all good!
2. Very convenient grocery shopping in clean high quality grocery stores that are not crowded and have great service.
3. Lots of nail & hair salons that are able to keep up with trends.
4.Minimal traffic/ very easy to get around
5. Overall clean
6. Schools have adequate transportation.
7. Overall friendly people
8. Reasonably priced homes
9.Nice weather/ has four seasons none too extreme! Beautiful fall weather!
10. Plenty of overall amenities
1. The police department/ juvenile justice system are poorly run .
2. Lots of drugs & gangs in the schools.
3. The education department is poorly run & there are silly testing/graduation requirements for students.
4. There is not enough good paying jobs.
The it depends on you-
1. No nightlife if that's your scene.
2. Very old school family oriented (barbecues, family get togethers, etc) may be better for established Burque folks. It may not be east to come in if you don't have an existing family/friend bank.
3. Better for drivers not too public transportation friendly.
In the five years that I have lived in Albuquerque, I have noticed that the city is very family oriented. There are so many things for families to do together than in any other city I have lived in, and I have lived in a few as I travel for a living.
There are several restaurants in the city, many that serve Mexican food. A word of advice is that if it's colorful on the outside, then you will probably find the best food as these are locations that take pride on the inside of the business and the food offered. You will also see a lot of food trucks and vendors on the sidewalks selling items like tacos and other portable foods.
An amazing festival that I have seen is the Balloon Fiesta. There are hundreds of balloons that fill the sky over the city during one weekend. The best thing to do to see them is get there early and go to the grounds so that you can watch them inflate and lift off. Another spectacular view is from the Sandia Peak Tramway. I don't like heights, but while you are in the gondola, you can't really tell that you are suspended from a cable unless you happen to look down below. However, if you want the best views, you have to look down at some point. It is a trip that takes you to the top of the Sandia Mountains and back down. The fall season is the best time to take this trip as you see glorious colors on the trees.
More than half the population is on Welfare! Its pathetic 54% is unemployed or getting paid "under the table". No state tax revenue means no services or just running out of money for everything. As the post previous to mine illustrates so well with all the the misspellings; education is poor here as well. Oh, and TESLA opted to NOT come here! No major corporations want to be here. Without the air force, Sandia Labs and military dollars this whole state would have no jobs whatsoever. Their biggest claim to fame is Hatch Chili !! And the green chili is GMO now - which may ultimately hurt them too.
Very interesting thing like people in Albuquerque hate Albuquerque! By the way, it's one of the best cities in US, which got a lot of defferent honors.
It has great climate, every day is sunny day, and it's really great thing! I thought that i like Seattle rain, but actually i felt in love with albuquerquan climate.
Another thing - culture. It's amazing. There are a lot of arts, streets in downtown full of street art, knob hill has many caffes and restaraunts which definately differnt from usual american and serves delcious food. Old town amazing too. And, beside this, in 30 minutes drive located city of Santa Fe, which is the most artistic in states, really.
Everybody say that there is a lot of crime in Albuquerque. Gangs are saling drugs etc. I think we don't need any words here. Just look at statistics. ABQ much safer than any city to the East. Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Oklahoma City, even DC has more crime. But i never heard that someone told that this cities has a lot of this. But Albuqueque, yeah, the most dangerous in USA. Very strange thing.
To say some thing about economics, i need to say that ABQ trying do it's best with it. New Mexico has bad taxes, so there is no ugly skyscreapers. Only 1. But in albuquerquan Mesa del Sol a lot of high-tech companies. Even Tesla wants to build plant here. Emplyment was one of the best, before crisis. What about poverty, it's rate neither higher than any big city.
I like people. They are quite wierd, but still has good attitude to everybody. Also they don't like nightlife, prefer be with their families and at all they are introverts. Some people like it in them, some hate.
So, i can't find reason to hate this city. It's not ideal, but why should be? Just try to stop comparing it with Santa Barbara. It's different things.
I've lived here for the most part about 6 years. The weather is sunny, extremely so. And at the altitude, it can be extremely intense. Of course, it is dry, very dry, most days of the year. The weather is very consistent throughout the year, but you will experience stark diurnal differences. You will feel much colder in the shade and in the evening. The outdoors is great for activity, but the employment situation is not healthy. Job growth in the entire state is quite bad, with a current job growth of 0.2%. That is two tenths of a percent job growth. And, some areas, including Albuquerque, have negative job growth. There is not much for industry in the area, except a service one. Education is poor, leading to a workforce that is deficient. Of course, many will say per capita speaking, the state and city boasts the largest number of doctorate working employees at some military labs. But, remember, the entire state has about 1.4 million people in it, too. It is very difficult to find good work here. And, honestly, there is a real cultural preference for the native Hispanics to work in the area, particularly in the public sector, whether qualified or not. The state has a real problem attracting businesses here; some say it is due to the lack of water. That doesn't seem to affect Phoenix, however. Others, and probably more accurately, have stated it is due to the culture - a lazy work ethic, an attitude that people show up for work when they want to, the manner of dress upon employees, and the lack of good skills (basic reading, writing and math.) Many businesses pay a paltry wage to even work in an office. Insurance and mortgage businesses, for example, offer their employees $10/hour to be an accounting clerk, office clerk, any kind of clear, even requiring advanced technological skills. Their is a big reason why the state continues to be impoverished, and the businesses have contributed to this by keeping wages low for even office jobs. I have seen many pack up and move, even younger folks, and I will be following suit in a year.
As part of my relocation to Santa Fe, I traveled to Albuquerque often, staying overnight for business, skiing at the local slopes and visiting attractions within the city. It is a colorful city friendly to art, steeped in Native American culture, and a mecca of museums dedicated to art and science. One of its highlight is the Balloon Fiesta, where I witnessed a sky filled with color and shapes of every imaginable form: It was awe inspiring and a must see if you travel to Albuquerque in early October.
One of my trips to Albuquerque from the east was by Amtrak train. It is a wonderful experience seeing the magnificent New Mexico landscape from the window. However, the approach to Albuquerque goes through the backyards of some not-so-picturesque houses. Don't let this put you off, though, as the city has many beautiful areas.
A visit on the tram will take you up to a unique restaurant overlooking the city. Located on Sandia Peak, it is a magnificent tram ride up as well as view, either in winter or summer. I spent one Christmas skiing on Sandia Peak in very uncrowded conditions and looking down at the beautiful western sunset.
If you like food, traditional art and shopping, Old Town is an area filled with the past. Great traditional shops, churches and restaurants are clustered around a square, and the opportunity for enchanting photos abounds. I also heard mariachi type music and dined at an outdoor New Mexican restaurant, feasting on enchiladas with green chile.
Holiday art shows are part of the Albuquerque scene, with magnificent local arts and crafts, as well as art by many vendors from throughout the country. Visit the nearby Turquoise Trail for delightful and beautiful offbeat arts and crafts.
I lived in Albuquerque for about 8 years, from 2001 to 2009. It's really one of the most unique cities you might ever visit. One thing you'll instantly notice is that the entire city rests at the base of the Sandia Mountains. It's really tough to find a city with a better daily spectacular view. It's also great because you always have a compass: the Mountains are always to the West.
The best thing about Albuquerque is the food. One question you'll need to get used to answering is "Red or Green?" This question refers to the type of Chili you'd like on your food. The food here is delicious, but it is spicy. I never did get completely used to the spicy food after all those years.
You may disagree with me on this, but the one thing I never cared for in Albuquerque is the architecture. Everything is modeled after the Pueblo Indian adobe style houses. To me, they look like mud huts. I suppose you may find some charm in them, but they're not my cup of tea.