THE 10 BEST Neighborhoods In Albuquerque For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Albuquerque.
Best Neighborhoods In Albuquerque

Do we think that it's a coincidence that many of Albuquerque's best neighborhoods are also some of the city's richest? Absolutely not. It takes money to keep a place moving like a well oiled machine; and the people who live in the neighborhoods that made both lists, know that they are living their best life. So, want to know where you can live your best life in The Duke City? Take a look below at HomeSnacks's list of the best neighborhoods in Albuquerque for 2020.

Albuquerque has a lot to offer. It's combination of Spanish Architecture and Old World style makes a pretty cool backdrop for some pretty cool neighborhoods. The biggest decision you'll have to make if you choose Alburquerque to buy or rent is whether or not you want to live on the city's North, South, East, or West side. This might require that you do some deep thinking because there are great neighborhoods in every direction from the city's center. So, here are a couple of suggestions to get your wheels spinning.

One, if you want to live where families stroll the sidewalks on the way to their quaint neighborhood pocket park, the Heritage East neighborhood has great schools and safe parks. Two, if you want to live where there are other young professionals--where people might stay up a little later, the Bear Canyon neighborhood's unemployment rate is way below the national average and the area itself has some pretty cool restaurants and watering holes. And, three, if you're on a pretty strict budget, you should stick to the N Albuquerque Acres--homes in this hood only cost $211,231.9380952381.

But, if you want to know the neighborhood that crushed our SnackAbility scale--Albuquerque's best neighborhood--you're going to have to keep reading.

In case you are wondering, HomeSnacks doesn't get a kickback if you decide to buy your forever home in Albuquerque. We actually just enjoy making these lists to make life easier for people. So, do something nice for yourself today and browse our list of Albuquerque's best of the best--you'll be happy that you did.

So, what's the best neighborhood in Albuquerque for 2020 based on the most recent census data and our SnackAbility algorithm? Well, that would be Peppertree-Royal Oak.

If you want to know where the rest of Albuquerque's neighborhoods ranked and a little bit about the ABQ's top ten, take a look below; and if you don't see your favorite there head to the bottom.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Albuquerque

Population: 1,448
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $377,300 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $116,382 (Sixth best)
More on Peppertree-Royal Oak: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,398
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 10)
Median Home Value: $454,950 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $102,798 (12th best)
More on Tanoan East: Homes For Sale | Data

Heritage East Albuquerque, NM

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

Population: 910
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $374,200 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $137,800 (Second best)
More on Vista Del Mundo: Homes For Sale | Data

Tanoan Albuquerque, NM

Population: 1,302
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $386,500 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $91,818 (23rd best)
More on Tanoan: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 8,261
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $488,671 (Third best)
Median Income: $117,682 (Fifth best)
More on N Albuquerque Acres: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,252
Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 16)
Median Home Value: $244,400 (65th best)
Median Income: $102,361 (14th best)
More on Seven Bar North: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 644
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $366,000 (11th best)
Median Income: $94,750 (19th best)
More on Quintessance: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 979
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $363,900 (12th best)
Median Income: $82,679 (31st best)
More on Antelope Run: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 2,283
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $217,900 (87th best)
Median Income: $84,835 (30th best)
More on Heritage Hills: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Albuquerque, NM Neighborhoods In 2020

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.

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 2020

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 Eldorado Heights 3,104 $217,750 $51,533
30 John Robert 2,159 $253,650 $89,548
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 Oso Grande 1,091 $195,400 $57,121
35 Gavilan 107 $275,000 $70,238
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 Prospectors Ridge 1,044 $254,800 $64,958
40 Four Hills Village 2,111 $302,333 $84,961
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 Classic Uptown 1,571 $219,050 $58,488
50 Thomas Village 650 $359,800 $91,989
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 Academy Estates East 1,146 $271,325 $58,144
56 Willow Wood 742 $215,700 $55,662
57 Glenwood Hills South Casa Grande 1,074 $337,300 $88,916
58 Osuna Park 2,254 $222,300 $66,418
59 Ventana Ranch 9,551 $192,820 $71,673
60 Vista Grande 290 $325,800 $76,319
61 Taylor Ranch 19,686 $201,386 $64,806
62 La Luz 106 $325,800 $76,319
63 North Domingo Baca 1,537 $229,600 $88,784
64 Netherwood Park 1,012 $273,450 $46,404
65 Cielito Lindo 1,169 $229,200 $78,641
66 Mossman 660 $198,700 $70,550
67 Snow Heights 2,086 $178,800 $68,728
68 Nob Hill 4,325 $265,667 $48,226
69 Vista Del Norte 2,616 $252,200 $72,835
70 Parkland Hills 2,494 $219,833 $48,062
71 Spruce Park 598 $329,200 $53,125
72 Stardust Skies North 291 $255,400 $50,764
73 Altura 1,854 $279,300 $64,911
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 Academy North 181 $209,900 $92,818
78 Rio Grande Blvd 2,495 $287,971 $59,642
79 Campus 218 $285,500 $133,092
80 Huning Castle 925 $282,750 $58,536
81 Big Bend 85 $221,700 $60,750
82 Eisenhower 1,793 $181,650 $59,187
83 Pat Hurley 1,945 $161,700 $44,375
84 South Guadalupe Trail 407 $244,500 $54,133
85 Supper Rock 3,277 $252,600 $63,484
86 Coors Trail 285 $282,900 $70,625
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 Skies West 3,118 $180,000 $57,738
93 La Sala Grande 339 $239,400 $40,000
94 Academy Acres North 5,415 $199,000 $52,091
95 Indian Moon 1,136 $192,200 $54,664
96 Las Lomitas 491 $215,500 $82,578
97 West Park 456 $260,000 $59,294
98 Desert Spring Flower 3,738 $110,000 $42,826
99 Hodgin 3,097 $151,700 $49,280
100 Paloma Del Sol 128 $233,200 $71,563
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 Bosque Dell Acres 267 $287,800 $36,676
105 Crestview Heights 136 $226,900 $64,063
106 Skyview Acres 260 $287,800 $36,676
107 Richland Hills 323 $266,900 $91,250
108 Ladera West 3,875 $101,367 $53,290
109 La Luz De Sol 740 $227,200 $78,049
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 Se Heights 3,667 $259,450 $54,873
115 Alvarado Park 1,464 $165,400 $43,884
116 San Gabriel 1,407 $233,300 $57,243
117 Westgate Hts 29,348 $119,350 $44,916
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 Route 66 West 5,072 $123,100 $45,919
124 Matheson Park 1,573 $156,700 $49,856
125 Eastrange-Piedra Vista 321 $203,200 $47,674
126 Story Rock 261 $227,200 $78,049
127 Vecinos Del Bosque 2,782 $113,367 $33,811
128 Jade Park 879 $117,900 $51,449
129 Sycamore 1,017 $244,450 $35,357
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 Fair West 2,160 $149,800 $36,981
138 Academy Ridge East 1,047 $161,833 $66,410
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 Bel-Air 1,942 $134,900 $50,111
155 University Hts 2,105 $192,500 $23,493
156 Mark Twain 1,553 $199,500 $51,979
157 Near N Valley 5,616 $197,114 $36,146
158 Jackson Area 1,352 $151,000 $58,290
159 Highlands North 400 $200,050 $51,942
160 Princess Jeanne 2,732 $140,060 $42,729
161 Downtown 3,621 $197,950 $38,143
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 Huning Highland Historic District 918 $167,900 $32,736
166 Del Rey R 225 $108,700 $37,109
167 North Eastern 3,234 $115,367 $38,653
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 Stronghurst 106 $154,200 $40,486
173 Palomas Park 343 $132,500 $32,766
174 West Old Town 1,750 $185,233 $30,690
175 Crestview Bluff 1,685 $129,950 $30,093
176 North Hills 309 $132,500 $32,766
177 Wells Park 1,751 $168,175 $45,467
178 San Antonio 37 $108,700 $37,109
179 Los Jardines 73 $248,400 $17,344
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 Martineztown 259 $128,200 $23,646
184 Vista Magnifica 162 $145,200 $35,920
185 Singing Arrow 3,324 $60,400 $34,034
186 Silver Hill 2,089 $132,075 $23,301
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

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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