The 10 Best Albuquerque, NM Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Albuquerque.
Best Neighborhoods In Albuquerque

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 2019:

  1. Peppertree-Royal Oak (Homes)
  2. Tanoan East (Homes)
  3. Heritage East (Homes)
  4. Vista Del Mundo (Homes)
  5. Tanoan (Homes)
  6. N Albuquerque Acres (Homes)
  7. Seven Bar North (Homes)
  8. Quintessance (Homes)
  9. Antelope Run (Homes)
  10. Heritage Hills (Homes)

So what’s the best neighborhood to live in Albuquerque for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Peppertree-Royal Oak looks to be the best Albuquerque neighborhood to live in.

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.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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How we determined the best Albuquerque hoods in 2019

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 then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 210 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, Peppertree-Royal Oak.

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

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 1,448
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $377,300 (8th best)
Median Income: $116,382 (6th best)
More on Peppertree-Royal Oak: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 1,398
Rank Last Year: 28 (Up 26)
Median Home Value: $454,950 (4th best)
Median Income: $102,798 (12th best)
More on Tanoan East: Homes For Sale | Data

Heritage East Albuquerque, NM

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 2,805
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $315,700 (21st best)
Median Income: $107,311 (9th best)
More on Heritage East: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 910
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $374,200 (9th best)
Median Income: $137,800 (2nd best)
More on Vista Del Mundo: Homes For Sale | Data

Tanoan Albuquerque, NM

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 1,302
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $386,500 (6th best)
Median Income: $91,818 (23rd best)
More on Tanoan: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 8,261
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 16)
Median Home Value: $488,671 (3rd best)
Median Income: $117,682 (5th best)
More on N Albuquerque Acres: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 1,252
Rank Last Year: 38 (Up 31)
Median Home Value: $244,400 (65th best)
Median Income: $102,361 (14th best)
More on Seven Bar North: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 644
Rank Last Year: 24 (Up 16)
Median Home Value: $366,000 (11th best)
Median Income: $94,750 (19th best)
More on Quintessance: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 979
Rank Last Year: 26 (Up 17)
Median Home Value: $363,900 (12th best)
Median Income: $82,679 (31st best)
More on Antelope Run: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,283
Rank Last Year: 31 (Up 21)
Median Home Value: $217,900 (87th best)
Median Income: $84,835 (30th best)
More on Heritage Hills: Homes For Sale | Data

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Albuquerque

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

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Albuquerque aren’t all good. Yale Village takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Albuquerque.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Albuquerque For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Peppertree-Royal Oak 1,448 $377,300 $116,382
2 Tanoan East 1,398 $454,950 $102,798
3 Heritage East 2,805 $315,700 $107,311
4 Vista Del Mundo 910 $374,200 $137,800
5 Tanoan 1,302 $386,500 $91,818
6 N Albuquerque Acres 8,261 $488,671 $117,682
7 Seven Bar North 1,252 $244,400 $102,361
8 Quintessance 644 $366,000 $94,750
9 Antelope Run 979 $363,900 $82,679
10 Heritage Hills 2,283 $217,900 $84,835
11 Vineyard Estates 916 $416,100 $139,191
12 Bear Canyon 1,783 $243,750 $81,746
13 Mirabella 1,974 $198,300 $69,602
14 Estates At Tanoan 69 $546,000 $122,917
15 Stardust Skies Park 980 $264,350 $78,829
16 Los Poblanos 799 $275,000 $70,238
17 Tuscany 1,809 $184,700 $76,693
18 Nor Este 4,323 $385,267 $106,394
19 Academy Hills Park 2,882 $278,575 $72,429
20 Paradise Hills 28,891 $259,647 $72,005
21 Rancho Sereno 1,935 $263,400 $99,974
22 Glenwood Hills 651 $368,000 $110,446
23 Tierra Oeste 3,279 $215,500 $82,578
24 Sandia 1,814 $249,100 $65,650
25 Parkway 3,174 $179,200 $78,568
26 Embudo Canyon 2,690 $283,300 $103,520
27 Cherry Hills 168 $274,400 $109,250
28 S Y Jackson 2,751 $228,900 $68,514
29 John Robert 2,159 $253,650 $89,548
30 Eldorado Heights 3,104 $217,750 $51,533
31 Volcano Cliffs 2,480 $210,175 $69,148
32 Siesta Hills 297 $311,900 $100,833
33 North Wyoming 4,763 $199,050 $49,992
34 Gavilan 107 $275,000 $70,238
35 Oso Grande 1,091 $195,400 $57,121
36 Lee Acres 206 $275,000 $70,238
37 Paradise Heights 494 $244,400 $102,361
38 Summit Park 2,121 $265,150 $75,553
39 Four Hills Village 2,111 $302,333 $84,961
40 Prospectors Ridge 1,044 $254,800 $64,958
41 Onate 1,515 $226,900 $64,063
42 Alvarado Grdns 698 $359,800 $91,989
43 Saragossa 354 $244,400 $102,361
44 Sr Marmon 3,470 $166,750 $62,908
45 Alban Hills 4,372 $228,500 $73,522
46 Eagle Ranch 1,707 $240,650 $78,973
47 Cibola Addition 1,162 $265,700 $85,596
48 Piedras Marcadas 1,164 $244,650 $80,750
49 Thomas Village 650 $359,800 $91,989
50 Classic Uptown 1,571 $219,050 $58,488
51 Alameda N Valley 13,990 $295,250 $62,075
52 Sandia Ridge 1,081 $259,550 $66,120
53 Matthew Meadows 334 $328,400 $60,714
54 Holiday Park 2,839 $210,700 $73,307
55 Glenwood Hills South Casa Grande 1,074 $337,300 $88,916
56 Academy Estates East 1,146 $271,325 $58,144
57 Willow Wood 742 $215,700 $55,662
58 Ventana Ranch 9,551 $192,820 $71,673
59 Osuna Park 2,254 $222,300 $66,418
60 Vista Grande 290 $325,800 $76,319
61 Altura 1,854 $279,300 $64,911
62 Taylor Ranch 19,686 $201,386 $64,806
63 La Luz 106 $325,800 $76,319
64 North Domingo Baca 1,537 $229,600 $88,784
65 Cielito Lindo 1,169 $229,200 $78,641
66 Netherwood Park 1,012 $273,450 $46,404
67 Mossman 660 $198,700 $70,550
68 Nob Hill 4,325 $265,667 $48,226
69 Vista Del Norte 2,616 $252,200 $72,835
70 Snow Heights 2,086 $178,800 $68,728
71 Parkland Hills 2,494 $219,833 $48,062
72 Spruce Park 598 $329,200 $53,125
73 Stardust Skies North 291 $255,400 $50,764
74 Riverfronte 419 $1,215,900 $56,538
75 Candelmen 1,636 $157,400 $43,125
76 Highland 2,488 $244,900 $37,576
77 Rio Grande Blvd 2,495 $287,971 $59,642
78 Academy North 181 $209,900 $92,818
79 Eisenhower 1,793 $181,650 $59,187
80 Campus 218 $285,500 $133,092
81 Huning Castle 925 $282,750 $58,536
82 Big Bend 85 $221,700 $60,750
83 Supper Rock 3,277 $252,600 $63,484
84 Coors Trail 285 $282,900 $70,625
85 Pat Hurley 1,945 $161,700 $44,375
86 South Guadalupe Trail 407 $244,500 $54,133
87 Academy Park 92 $213,900 $80,703
88 Kachina Hills 362 $268,400 $97,046
89 Tijeras Arroyo 3,843 $134,325 $63,296
90 Las Terrazas 147 $208,200 $76,434
91 N Campus 1,513 $272,700 $54,272
92 Paloma Del Sol 128 $233,200 $71,563
93 Skies West 3,118 $180,000 $57,738
94 La Sala Grande 339 $239,400 $40,000
95 Academy Acres North 5,415 $199,000 $52,091
96 West Park 456 $260,000 $59,294
97 Indian Moon 1,136 $192,200 $54,664
98 Las Lomitas 491 $215,500 $82,578
99 Desert Spring Flower 3,738 $110,000 $42,826
100 Hodgin 3,097 $151,700 $49,280
101 Quigley Park 1,186 $157,000 $60,875
102 Towne Park 608 $161,900 $47,379
103 Loma Del Rey 2,383 $211,700 $62,320
104 Crestview Heights 136 $226,900 $64,063
105 Bosque Dell Acres 267 $287,800 $36,676
106 Richland Hills 323 $266,900 $91,250
107 Skyview Acres 260 $287,800 $36,676
108 La Luz De Sol 740 $227,200 $78,049
109 Ladera West 3,875 $101,367 $53,290
110 Painted Sky 554 $161,100 $68,476
111 Enchanted Park 1,799 $187,500 $46,905
112 Arroyo Del Oso North 407 $354,700 $54,313
113 Broadway Central 900 $239,600 $27,888
114 San Gabriel 1,407 $233,300 $57,243
115 Westgate Hts 29,348 $119,350 $44,916
116 Se Heights 3,667 $259,450 $54,873
117 Alvarado Park 1,464 $165,400 $43,884
118 Sombra Del Monte 929 $188,200 $55,910
119 Jeanne Bellamah East 1,427 $141,150 $35,678
120 Sawmill 985 $185,150 $40,432
121 Jerry Cline Park 1,021 $195,150 $33,551
122 Mckinley 3,058 $128,075 $38,592
123 Matheson Park 1,573 $156,700 $49,856
124 Eastrange-Piedra Vista 321 $203,200 $47,674
125 Story Rock 261 $227,200 $78,049
126 Route 66 West 5,072 $123,100 $45,919
127 Sycamore 1,017 $244,450 $35,357
128 Vecinos Del Bosque 2,782 $113,367 $33,811
129 Jade Park 879 $117,900 $51,449
130 Cottonwood Heights 1,200 $180,100 $51,473
131 Quaker Heights 991 $195,000 $67,347
132 Conchas Park 1,392 $144,800 $41,181
133 Laurelwood 2,439 $180,500 $47,394
134 Westgate Vecinos 16,748 $122,790 $43,724
135 Keystone 83 $215,000 $64,934
136 Valley Gardens 2,270 $142,600 $51,634
137 Academy Ridge East 1,047 $161,833 $66,410
138 Fair West 2,160 $149,800 $36,981
139 Zuni 703 $167,600 $57,417
140 Montgomery Park 1,099 $172,750 $42,034
141 Northeast Valley 1,517 $250,950 $58,598
142 Vista Montecito 107 $214,400 $66,696
143 Del Norte 6,766 $177,250 $42,082
144 Winrock South 228 $182,300 $33,352
145 West Bluff 1,882 $161,000 $48,382
146 Monkbridge Gardens 1,913 $83,950 $30,153
147 Four Hills Mhp 1,574 $40,733 $49,886
148 Avalon 3,178 $144,900 $41,875
149 Chelwood Vista 1,895 $156,300 $29,841
150 Inez 731 $161,100 $55,108
151 Raynolds 1,410 $218,567 $30,740
152 Elder Homestead 1,990 $133,800 $41,607
153 Boyds-Leslie Park 514 $215,300 $38,384
154 University Hts 2,105 $192,500 $23,493
155 Bel-Air 1,942 $134,900 $50,111
156 Mark Twain 1,553 $199,500 $51,979
157 Jackson Area 1,352 $151,000 $58,290
158 Near N Valley 5,616 $197,114 $36,146
159 Highlands North 400 $200,050 $51,942
160 Downtown 3,621 $197,950 $38,143
161 Princess Jeanne 2,732 $140,060 $42,729
162 Fair Heights 806 $181,950 $43,201
163 Stinson Tower 1,433 $145,500 $47,483
164 South Broadway 3,410 $105,000 $32,793
165 North Eastern 3,234 $115,367 $38,653
166 Huning Highland Historic District 918 $167,900 $32,736
167 Del Rey R 225 $108,700 $37,109
168 Grande Hts 194 $161,000 $48,382
169 Uptown 3,636 $142,311 $44,423
170 West Mesa 5,680 $129,517 $35,280
171 Montgomery Heights 621 $220,000 $30,365
172 West Old Town 1,750 $185,233 $30,690
173 Stronghurst 106 $154,200 $40,486
174 Crestview Bluff 1,685 $129,950 $30,093
175 Palomas Park 343 $132,500 $32,766
176 North Hills 309 $132,500 $32,766
177 Wells Park 1,751 $168,175 $45,467
178 Los Jardines 73 $248,400 $17,344
179 San Antonio 37 $108,700 $37,109
180 Victory Hills 2,657 $165,233 $45,917
181 Los Alamos 272 $169,900 $26,481
182 Plaza Vieja 324 $170,000 $37,639
183 Singing Arrow 3,324 $60,400 $34,034
184 Martineztown 259 $128,200 $23,646
185 Silver Hill 2,089 $132,075 $23,301
186 Vista Magnifica 162 $145,200 $35,920
187 South Los Altos 2,541 $104,425 $36,935
188 South San Pedro 6,643 $87,950 $20,397
189 Riverview Heights 109 $145,200 $35,920
190 Villa De Paza 262 $118,600 $36,863
191 Vista Sandia Hoa 518 $130,400 $42,647
192 Alamosa 4,287 $101,725 $32,674
193 La Mesa 7,610 $122,383 $21,085
194 Los Volcanes 3,510 $76,500 $23,260
195 Skyview West 1,014 $110,500 $40,082
196 San Jose 2,843 $103,733 $28,912
197 Greater Gardner 373 $106,250 $31,649
198 Trumbull Village 8,246 $55,670 $20,285
199 South Atrisco 1,483 $140,100 $41,187
200 Santa Barbara 2,263 $148,325 $28,137
201 Encanto Village 195 $145,500 $47,483
202 Clayton Heights-Lomas Del Cielo 980 $116,300 $36,512
203 Quail Ridge 150 $144,600 $32,472
204 Alta Monte 1,776 $5,000 $22,486
205 Albuquerque Meadows 199 $21,600 $53,990
206 Barelas 2,516 $127,900 $28,163
207 Wildflower 690 $91,700 $35,179
208 Kirtland Community 1,340 $106,167 $32,250
209 Mountain View 2,151 $125,967 $36,114
210 Yale Village 79 $85,900 $23,727

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