These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Albuquerque


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:

  1. Heritage East
  2. Peppertree-Royal Oak
  3. Altura
  4. Vista Del Mundo
  5. Stardust Skies Park
  6. Embudo Canyon
  7. Academy Hills Park
  8. Tanoan
  9. N Albuquerque Acres
  10. Osuna Park

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

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Albuquerque?

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 127 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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,055
Median Home Price: $314,350
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,532
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%

2. Peppertree-Royal Oak

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,155
Median Home Price: $403,500
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,532
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%

3. Altura

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,138
Median Home Price: $301,400
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,532
Unemployment Rate: 0.0%

4. Vista Del Mundo

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,076
Median Home Price: $371,600
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,532
Unemployment Rate: 0.0%

5. Stardust Skies Park

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,751
Median Home Price: $249,750
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,123
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%

6. Embudo Canyon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,809
Median Home Price: $299,500
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,532
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%

7. Academy Hills Park

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,887
Median Home Price: $300,475
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,532
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%

8. Tanoan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,276
Median Home Price: $396,900
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,532
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%

9. N Albuquerque Acres

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,014
Median Home Price: $493,400
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,532
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%

10. Osuna Park

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,211
Median Home Price: $233,650
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,836
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%

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. San Jose
  2. Kirtland Community
  3. Alta Monte

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Albuquerque

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Heritage East 1 3,055 $314,350 2,532 1.6%
Peppertree-Royal Oak 2 1,155 $403,500 2,532 1.6%
Altura 3 2,138 $301,400 2,532 0.0%
Vista Del Mundo 4 1,076 $371,600 2,532 0.0%
Stardust Skies Park 5 1,751 $249,750 3,123 2.4%
Embudo Canyon 6 2,809 $299,500 2,532 2.5%
Academy Hills Park 7 2,887 $300,475 2,532 3.7%
Tanoan 8 1,276 $396,900 2,532 4.3%
N Albuquerque Acres 9 8,014 $493,400 2,532 2.7%
Osuna Park 10 2,211 $233,650 3,836 2.6%
Mirabella 11 1,635 $203,800 4,988 0.9%
Rancho Sereno 12 1,639 $261,200 3,201 1.3%
Seven Bar North 13 1,497 $264,100 4,074 2.7%
Vineyard Estates 14 1,091 $405,700 2,532 3.7%
John Robert 15 2,290 $275,500 2,655 3.0%
Four Hills Village 16 1,781 $301,333 2,532 2.2%
Cielito Lindo 17 1,304 $227,600 4,505 3.5%
Sandia Ridge 18 1,174 $272,500 2,532 0.0%
Nor Este 19 4,599 $421,333 2,532 3.8%
Bear Canyon 20 2,018 $240,100 3,836 3.2%
Cibola Addition 21 1,298 $270,500 2,532 3.4%
Tuscany 22 1,880 $208,100 5,601 1.9%
Eagle Ranch 23 1,894 $243,000 4,650 2.6%
Heritage Hills 24 2,010 $225,050 3,879 3.4%
N Campus 25 1,763 $277,450 3,252 3.8%
Sandia 26 1,610 $253,150 3,314 4.6%
Holiday Park 27 3,054 $226,250 4,613 3.6%
Oso Grande 28 1,191 $199,400 4,298 1.6%
Tanoan East 29 1,603 $435,650 2,532 6.7%
S Y Jackson 30 2,653 $235,650 4,572 2.8%
Alban Hills 31 4,208 $240,825 3,585 2.2%
Summit Park 32 2,282 $262,700 2,789 4.3%
Glenwood Hills South Casa Grande 33 1,351 $316,700 2,532 4.9%
Rio Grande Blvd 34 2,517 $273,829 2,532 3.4%
Academy Estates East 35 1,194 $299,267 2,532 3.8%
Se Heights 36 3,867 $252,000 3,320 3.2%
Paradise Hills 37 25,147 $262,079 3,879 5.1%
Mark Twain 38 1,696 $209,700 4,390 3.1%
Loma Del Rey 39 2,169 $215,100 3,367 5.7%
Academy Acres North 40 5,646 $198,250 5,460 2.6%
Nob Hill 41 4,105 $243,267 4,339 2.4%
Sycamore 42 1,403 $326,700 2,925 3.5%
Eisenhower 43 1,618 $231,300 3,853 5.3%
Volcano Cliffs 44 2,597 $216,475 4,295 4.6%
Supper Rock 45 2,931 $245,233 3,484 6.3%
Classic Uptown 46 1,188 $215,900 4,591 2.9%
Taylor Ranch 47 19,158 $220,477 4,409 4.4%
Parkland Hills 48 2,697 $210,933 4,238 4.6%
Eldorado Heights 49 2,746 $210,950 5,267 4.9%
North Wyoming 50 4,954 $204,425 5,239 4.4%
Snow Heights 51 2,378 $183,450 6,666 2.6%
Tierra Oeste 52 3,301 $222,500 5,260 8.9%
Vista Del Norte 53 2,412 $245,900 3,272 5.3%
Alameda N Valley 54 13,110 $279,317 2,893 5.1%
San Gabriel 55 1,110 $200,000 4,330 5.7%
North Domingo Baca 56 1,590 $249,400 4,300 6.9%
Academy Ridge East 57 1,029 $233,500 4,113 5.7%
University Hts 58 2,163 $226,633 6,197 3.2%
Laurelwood 59 2,675 $186,900 6,124 5.5%
Indian Moon 60 1,391 $164,750 6,675 3.2%
North Eastern 61 2,530 $199,200 5,681 3.4%
Onate 62 1,364 $220,600 4,366 10.8%
Fair West 63 1,995 $161,900 6,913 1.9%
Enchanted Park 64 1,380 $186,400 5,932 6.1%
Ventana Ranch 65 8,841 $202,100 5,215 5.4%
Ladera West 66 4,195 $168,400 6,977 2.8%
Hodgin 67 2,742 $162,250 6,548 4.2%
Silver Hill 68 2,102 $244,733 5,622 3.8%
Highland 69 2,368 $213,700 5,261 4.3%
Candelmen 70 2,021 $161,100 6,523 10.0%
Sr Marmon 71 3,633 $158,800 6,586 6.1%
Cottonwood Heights 72 1,455 $226,800 5,154 7.3%
West Old Town 73 1,445 $245,733 4,442 5.0%
Near N Valley 74 5,544 $209,171 5,493 4.2%
Parkway 75 3,287 $205,800 5,878 7.6%
Matheson Park 76 1,386 $156,000 6,722 5.2%
Del Norte 77 6,980 $188,500 6,211 6.4%
Raynolds 78 1,271 $220,267 5,453 3.2%
Skies West 79 2,561 $177,050 6,162 3.6%
Mckinley 80 3,349 $138,700 7,109 4.8%
Northeast Valley 81 1,377 $233,050 4,280 5.8%
Downtown 82 3,942 $199,388 5,743 3.5%
Pat Hurley 83 2,109 $179,500 6,856 5.6%
Elder Homestead 84 1,724 $158,700 7,326 4.8%
Desert Spring Flower 85 3,427 $122,900 8,571 4.5%
Montgomery Heights 86 1,290 $215,300 6,074 10.2%
Conchas Park 87 1,909 $146,000 7,859 5.0%
Quigley Park 88 1,101 $174,300 6,500 6.3%
West Bluff 89 1,808 $159,600 5,976 7.2%
Avalon 90 2,737 $134,000 7,928 2.2%
Uptown 91 3,713 $160,262 6,449 3.6%
Princess Jeanne 92 3,122 $146,820 7,371 4.2%
Westgate Vecinos 93 16,288 $134,380 8,182 5.9%
Skyview West 94 1,189 $136,300 8,276 2.8%
Alvarado Park 95 1,275 $141,700 7,391 6.4%
Chelwood Vista 96 2,364 $158,700 7,801 6.5%
Jackson Area 97 1,313 $159,950 7,015 8.0%
Westgate Hts 98 28,126 $129,821 8,162 6.6%
Montgomery Park 99 1,055 $190,400 6,020 7.7%
La Mesa 100 6,826 $128,967 8,362 5.7%

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