These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Albuquerque, NM 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 (Homes)
  2. Rio Grande Blvd (Homes)
  3. Vista Del Mundo (Homes)
  4. Peppertree-Royal Oak (Homes)
  5. Altura (Homes)
  6. Mirabella (Homes)
  7. Tanoan (Homes)
  8. Four Hills Village (Homes)
  9. Bear Canyon (Homes)
  10. 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

Heritage East Albuquerque, NM

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

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2. Rio Grande Blvd

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

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3. Vista Del Mundo

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

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4. Peppertree-Royal Oak

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

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5. Altura

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

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6. Mirabella

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

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7. Tanoan

Tanoan Albuquerque, NM

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

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8. Four Hills Village

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

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9. Bear Canyon

Bear Canyon Albuquerque, NM

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

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10. Stardust Skies Park

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

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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

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

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