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:
- Heritage East (Homes)
- Rio Grande Blvd (Homes)
- Vista Del Mundo (Homes)
- Peppertree-Royal Oak (Homes)
- Altura (Homes)
- Mirabella (Homes)
- Tanoan (Homes)
- Four Hills Village (Homes)
- Bear Canyon (Homes)
- Stardust Skies Park (Homes)
Read on to see how we determined the places around Albuquerque that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Albuquerque.
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How do you determine the top 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.
1. Heritage East
Median Income: $114,333
Median Home Value: $311,150
2. Rio Grande Blvd
Median Income: $69,023
Median Home Value: $284,600
3. Vista Del Mundo
Median Income: $135,417
Median Home Value: $358,600
4. Peppertree-Royal Oak
Median Income: $115,855
Median Home Value: $378,500
Median Income: $65,481
Median Home Value: $265,000
Median Income: $95,238
Median Home Value: $201,200
Median Income: $97,656
Median Home Value: $366,800
8. Four Hills Village
Median Income: $84,334
Median Home Value: $296,533
9. Bear Canyon
Median Income: $79,282
Median Home Value: $241,500
10. Stardust Skies Park
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:
- Kirtland Community
- Valley Gardens
- Tijeras Arroyo
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Albuquerque
|2||Rio Grande Blvd||2,445|
|3||Vista Del Mundo||1,032|
|8||Four Hills Village||1,988|
|10||Stardust Skies Park||1,278|
|12||N Albuquerque Acres||8,227|
|15||Alameda N Valley||13,429|
|18||Seven Bar North||1,624|
|20||S Y Jackson||3,126|
|23||Academy Hills Park||2,804|
|39||Academy Estates East||1,132|
|40||Glenwood Hills South Casa Grande||1,248|
|44||Loma Del Rey||2,301|
|56||Academy Acres North||5,567|
|61||North Domingo Baca||1,725|
|68||Vista Del Norte||2,629|
|75||South Los Altos||2,696|
|84||Route 66 West||4,829|
|85||Four Hills Mhp||1,466|
|87||Academy Ridge East||1,109|
|94||Jerry Cline Park||1,038|
|97||Near N Valley||5,590|