Rio Rancho, NM

Population: 92,966

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  • Rio Rancho has a Livability Score of 76/100, which is considered exceptional
  • Rio Rancho crime rates are 58% lower than the New Mexico average
  • Cost of living in Rio Rancho is 4% higher than the New Mexico average
  • Rio Rancho real estate prices are 7% higher than the New Mexico average
  • Rental prices in Rio Rancho are 41% higher than the New Mexico average

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      Top Rated Schools in Rio Rancho

      Name Grades Students Proficiency
      Rio Rancho Cyber Academy6 - 1215755%
      Enchanted Hills ElementaryKG - 569146%
      Mountain View Middle School6 - 884244%
      The Ask Academy7 - 1228739%
      Martin King Jr ElementaryKG - 589339%
      Sandia Vista ElementaryPK - 560539%
      Rio Rancho High9 - 122,46138%
      Ernest Stapleton ElementaryKG - 590838%
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      Rio Rancho Reviews

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      Attractions0/10
      Community0/10
      Nightlife0/10
      Dining0/10
      Shopping0/10
      OK living, a giant housing development, not a town or community

      Attractions3/10
      Community3/10
      Nightlife3/10
      Dining5/10
      Shopping4/10
      Built a house and have lived here over 20 years. Despite city ordinances preventing heavy equipment and construction type businesses from operating out of residences the city's "Code Enforcement" turns a blind eye. Barking dogs are also a problem that "Animal Control" does nothing about. The city government is bloated and ineffective. Property taxes up every year. Raised my kids here at a time when the schools were good. Schools are still not bad but demographics are changing and the education system will reflect that. Still not a bad place to raise a family in an urban/suburban environment compared to Albuquerque.
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      Lived here 8 years now

      Attractions7/10
      Community7/10
      Nightlife3/10
      Dining6/10
      Shopping5/10
      Rio Rancho is a smaller community than Albuquerque which is across the river east. Rio has 2 high schools and many middle and elementary schools. Our school RRPS is better than than APS and it pays appropriately $5k more than APS (for teachers). We have 2 Walmarts close by and Cottonwood mall down the hill. We also have Premier Theater which is nice. 2 microbreweries and many restaurants throughout Rio Rancho. 4 public pools (1 in doors) and many dog parks.Yes, Rio Rancho does have it all.
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      Rio Rancho, NM Is A Jewel In The Desert

      Attractions9/10
      Community8/10
      Nightlife6/10
      Dining6/10
      Shopping9/10
      I moved to Rio Rancho, NM five years ago. I must say that the entire area is impressive and I enjoy the city immensely. It is located in a beautiful area, and there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. There are plenty of hiking trails in the nearby volcanoes, and several parks are within an easy drive. The Bosque is a short ride away and is filled with green spaces and parks. The schools are some of the best in the country, and there are plenty of well paying jobs in the technology industry.

      The best thing that I like about Rio Rancho is the environment and temperature. This city is in the middle of the desert, and the summers are warm and sunny. The winter is sunny too, and there is hardly any snow. The mountains are only a short drive away, and this provides a great chance to go skiing, ride a tram to the top of Sandia Peak or have a meal at the High Finance restaurant.

      The schools are another draw that interested me in Rio Rancho. I was living in Albuquerque, and I was thinking about the best place to send my kids for their education. Rio Rancho schools regularly rank as some of the best in the country and provide the latest technology for their students. Intel is located nearby and provides the community with support in a number of ways.

      The city is a short drive away, but Rio Rancho is more relaxed and does not have any issues with crime. Residents can be in Albuquerque in less than 20 minutes. This city has ample opportunities to enjoy great restaurants and shopping. Colleges and universities are also located conveniently close, and health care is excellent. Residents are sure to love the community feel of the area.
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      Source: The Rio Rancho, NM data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).