These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Albuquerque For 2018


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Albuquerque are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Albuquerque, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Albuquerque neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Albuquerque are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Albuquerque for 2018:

  1. Heritage East
  2. Rio Grande Blvd
  3. Vista Del Mundo
  4. Peppertree-Royal Oak
  5. Altura
  6. Mirabella
  7. Tanoan
  8. Four Hills Village
  9. Bear Canyon
  10. Stardust Skies Park

Read on to see how we determined the places around Albuquerque that deserve a little bragging rights.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in New Mexico check out the best places in New Mexico overall or the worst neighborhoods in Albuquerque.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Albuquerque for 2018?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Albuquerque, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 129 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Albuquerque.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Heritage East.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Albuquerque has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

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1. Heritage East

Population: 2,918
Median Income: $114,333
Median Home Value: $311,150

2. Rio Grande Blvd

Population: 2,445
Median Income: $69,023
Median Home Value: $284,600

3. Vista Del Mundo

Population: 1,032
Median Income: $135,417
Median Home Value: $358,600

4. Peppertree-Royal Oak

Population: 1,134
Median Income: $115,855
Median Home Value: $378,500

5. Altura

Population: 1,769
Median Income: $65,481
Median Home Value: $265,000

6. Mirabella

Population: 1,840
Median Income: $95,238
Median Home Value: $201,200

7. Tanoan

Population: 1,240
Median Income: $97,656
Median Home Value: $366,800

8. Four Hills Village

Population: 1,988
Median Income: $84,334
Median Home Value: $296,533

9. Bear Canyon

Population: 1,870
Median Income: $79,282
Median Home Value: $241,500

10. Stardust Skies Park

Population: 1,278
Median Income: $78,188
Median Home Value: $264,100

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Albuquerque

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Albuquerque where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Albuquerque:

  1. Kirtland Community
  2. Valley Gardens
  3. Tijeras Arroyo

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Albuquerque

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Heritage East 1 2,918 $311,150 3,189 1.7%
Rio Grande Blvd 2 2,445 $284,600 3,189 3.3%
Vista Del Mundo 3 1,032 $358,600 3,189 0.0%
Peppertree-Royal Oak 4 1,134 $378,500 3,189 3.7%
Altura 5 1,769 $265,000 3,189 0.0%
Mirabella 6 1,840 $201,200 6,140 0.0%
Tanoan 7 1,240 $366,800 3,189 2.9%
Four Hills Village 8 1,988 $296,533 3,189 3.1%
Bear Canyon 9 1,870 $241,500 3,189 3.1%
Stardust Skies Park 10 1,278 $264,100 3,189 1.5%
Embudo Canyon 11 2,870 $281,475 3,189 2.3%
N Albuquerque Acres 12 8,227 $506,314 3,189 2.4%
Prospectors Ridge 13 1,017 $238,000 4,189 0.9%
Heritage Hills 14 2,139 $224,900 5,243 2.2%
Alameda N Valley 15 13,429 $295,717 3,384 5.1%
John Robert 16 2,447 $266,950 3,289 4.2%
Tanoan East 17 1,391 $397,500 3,189 3.8%
Seven Bar North 18 1,624 $261,100 5,432 3.4%
Nor Este 19 4,350 $406,467 3,189 3.4%
S Y Jackson 20 3,126 $230,200 5,877 3.0%
Rancho Sereno 21 1,680 $255,350 4,335 0.9%
Sandia Ridge 22 1,252 $253,700 3,357 0.5%
Academy Hills Park 23 2,804 $275,825 3,189 5.0%
Tuscany 24 1,751 $185,500 7,355 1.9%
Nob Hill 25 4,722 $260,317 4,721 1.7%
Cibola Addition 26 1,241 $271,600 3,189 4.1%
N Campus 27 1,595 $269,850 3,900 4.5%
Osuna Park 28 2,391 $228,450 5,365 4.6%
Holiday Park 29 2,867 $213,450 6,329 3.7%
Cielito Lindo 30 1,238 $215,900 5,869 5.0%
Summit Park 31 2,002 $255,850 3,300 4.2%
Volcano Cliffs 32 2,438 $215,725 5,466 3.1%
Alban Hills 33 4,235 $233,775 4,748 2.5%
Parkland Hills 34 2,537 $210,533 3,829 4.6%
Sandia 35 1,707 $247,900 5,187 4.9%
Se Heights 36 3,872 $255,350 3,554 4.2%
Oso Grande 37 1,193 $195,000 6,030 3.2%
Paradise Hills 38 26,910 $236,787 5,455 4.5%
Academy Estates East 39 1,132 $282,425 3,189 4.5%
Glenwood Hills South Casa Grande 40 1,248 $323,150 3,189 5.2%
Onate 41 1,457 $224,900 5,292 6.7%
San Jose 42 2,647 $104,633 11,463 10.0%
Eagle Ranch 43 1,959 $228,000 6,069 4.9%
Loma Del Rey 44 2,301 $207,800 5,480 5.5%
Sr Marmon 45 3,393 $150,100 8,373 1.9%
Supper Rock 46 2,850 $256,300 4,266 5.9%
Taylor Ranch 47 18,859 $202,179 5,860 3.8%
North Wyoming 48 5,069 $202,050 7,064 3.8%
San Gabriel 49 1,422 $202,900 7,258 4.8%
Eldorado Heights 50 2,857 $208,850 6,878 4.0%
Northeast Valley 51 1,479 $233,050 5,558 6.8%
Enchanted Park 52 1,419 $185,500 7,781 4.1%
Tierra Oeste 53 2,981 $220,600 6,212 7.1%
Classic Uptown 54 1,345 $212,000 6,203 3.1%
Trumbull Village 55 8,410 $78,200 12,312 10.8%
Academy Acres North 56 5,567 $194,075 6,673 4.6%
Mark Twain 57 1,567 $194,350 6,582 4.4%
Barelas 58 2,746 $132,250 10,233 5.5%
University Hts 59 2,079 $199,633 8,026 2.5%
Alamosa 60 3,770 $108,200 11,175 10.3%
North Domingo Baca 61 1,725 $240,100 5,446 7.9%
Laurelwood 62 2,587 $184,500 7,824 5.5%
Highland 63 2,145 $224,700 6,133 3.7%
Ladera West 64 4,555 $161,650 8,293 2.5%
Conchas Park 65 1,810 $134,200 10,164 7.6%
Parkway 66 3,372 $193,233 7,065 5.6%
Hodgin 67 2,978 $157,350 8,339 4.0%
Vista Del Norte 68 2,629 $251,600 4,622 7.7%
Avalon 69 3,508 $145,400 10,188 6.3%
Ventana Ranch 70 8,993 $197,160 6,823 5.2%
Eisenhower 71 1,892 $175,475 6,502 5.6%
Westgate Vecinos 72 17,005 $128,280 10,338 8.8%
Alvarado Park 73 1,421 $145,500 8,850 1.5%
Snow Heights 74 1,943 $175,850 8,575 4.2%
South Los Altos 75 2,696 $86,950 11,529 1.7%
Wells Park 76 1,260 $159,400 7,839 5.3%
Quigley Park 77 1,037 $159,600 7,902 4.9%
Montgomery Heights 78 1,099 $169,600 9,615 11.6%
Westgate Hts 79 28,036 $125,557 10,364 7.8%
La Mesa 80 7,694 $124,667 10,675 7.9%
Cottonwood Heights 81 1,546 $220,600 6,478 5.9%
Skies West 82 2,879 $177,200 7,901 3.3%
Elder Homestead 83 1,634 $132,600 9,272 3.5%
Route 66 West 84 4,829 $123,550 10,052 5.1%
Four Hills Mhp 85 1,466 $35,200 11,807 2.6%
Indian Moon 86 1,443 $162,350 7,920 7.6%
Academy Ridge East 87 1,109 $159,267 6,971 6.8%
Matheson Park 88 1,337 $153,500 7,308 7.2%
South Broadway 89 3,881 $105,225 11,402 5.9%
West Bluff 90 1,976 $154,500 7,991 5.4%
Monkbridge Gardens 91 1,896 $88,700 11,214 5.0%
Raynolds 92 1,274 $215,933 6,838 3.3%
Sycamore 93 1,182 $239,300 5,893 5.1%
Jerry Cline Park 94 1,038 $190,700 8,019 3.6%
Montgomery Park 95 1,033 $166,750 8,499 2.8%
Singing Arrow 96 4,191 $66,025 11,061 8.6%
Near N Valley 97 5,590 $201,857 7,198 4.9%
Del Norte 98 7,293 $169,675 8,107 8.6%
Santa Barbara 99 1,989 $143,000 9,257 4.9%
Candelmen 100 1,905 $156,500 8,677 8.9%

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