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A+ Rio Rancho Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C+ Rio Rancho Cost of Living Cost of living is 5% higher than New Mexico
Rio Rancho
973% less expensive than the US average
New Mexico
928% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Rio Rancho cost of living
B+ Rio Rancho Crime Total crime is 53% lower than New Mexico
Total crime
2,21420% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4620% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
1%Year over year crime is up
Rio Rancho crime
C- Rio Rancho Employment Household income is 37% higher than New Mexico
Median household income
$62,63713% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$27,5378% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%1% higher than the US average
Rio Rancho employment
F Rio Rancho Housing Home value is 7% higher than New Mexico
Median home value
$173,1006% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$1,11417% higher than the US average
Home ownership
79%25% higher than the US average
Rio Rancho real estate or Rio Rancho rentals
F Rio Rancho Schools HS graduation rate is 11% higher than New Mexico
High school grad. rates
89%7% higher than the US average
School test scores
34%30% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:11% higher than the US average
Rio Rancho K-12 schools

Living in Rio Rancho, NM

Rio Rancho, New Mexico is a moderately-sized city with a population of 92,966 people. According to the most recent Census, 80% of Rio Rancho residents are White, 3% Black and 2% Asian. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Rio Rancho are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 15% of the population also speak Spanish. Rio Rancho is known to be family friendly as more than 75% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 57% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very discouraging task. However, it could also be a fulfilling experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. The best areas in Rio Rancho and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from weather, education, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the New Mexico and national averages.

Rio Rancho has a livability score of 72/100 and is ranked #81 in New Mexico and #8,838 in the USA. If we explore each of the categories individually, we see that Rio Rancho ranks well for amenities (A+) and crime (B). On a less positive note, Rio Rancho does not have favorable scores for the following: education (F) and housing (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Rio Rancho on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: J&R Vintage Auto Museum, Rio Rancho Country Club, and New Day Therapeutic Massage.

Low violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, assault) is a must for most people when searching for a new area to live. At 171 crimes per 100,000 residents, Rio Rancho has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Rio Rancho. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Rio Rancho are affordable. Median real estate prices in Rio Rancho come in at $173,100, which is 7.1% higher than the New Mexico average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Rio Rancho, the home price to income ratio is 2.8, which is 20% lower than the New Mexico average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Rio Rancho area were 3.9% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 3.3%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Compare Rio Rancho, NM Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Rio Rancho, NM

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Tijeras Arroyo, Albuquerque81153,843
Heritage Hills, Albuquerque8082,283
Alban Hills, Albuquerque784.64,372
John Robert, Albuquerque7810.82,159
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Seven Bar North, Albuquerque771.31,252
Tanoan East, Albuquerque76101,398
North Wyoming, Albuquerque767.44,763
Volcano Cliffs, Albuquerque766.12,480

Best Cities Near Rio Rancho, NM

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
San Antonito, NM7918.61,186
Sandia Park, NM7717.490
Golden, NM7624.933
Sandia Knolls, NM7421.21,475
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Sandia Heights, NM7310.63,319
McIntosh, NM7342988
Rio Rancho, NM73092,966
San Antonito CDP (Socorro County), NM7118.633

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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).
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