131,561 2010 Population
139,394 2015 Population
*2015 Population Data is Estimated
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The City of Vision
The City of Rio Rancho comprises over 100 square miles of land and is just 30 minutes from the Albuquerque International Sunport and 45 minutes from Santa Fe, the cultural center of the Southwest. The City of Rio Rancho has an estimated 2010 population of 85,639, and as the state’s fastest-growing city, issetting high standards for both quality of life and conducting business. Rio Rancho residents also enjoy a moderate four-season climate, affordable housing options, and one of the state’s lowest crime rates.
Rio Rancho was ranked #48 on USA Today's 2014 List of America's 50 best cities to live in.
According to Claritas Inc., the City of Rio Rancho’s 2013 population was 92,631. Rio Rancho is New Mexico’s fastest-growing and the third largest city, surpassing Santa Fe. Rio Rancho Public Schools (RRPS) is considered to be one of the best-performing schools districts in the State. It is one of the newest (1994) school districts in New Mexico. With 18 locations and more than 15,500 students (May 2008), RRPS is also the State’s third largest school district.
Rio Rancho by the Numbers
The City of Coronado
More than 500 years old and with occupation reaching back nearly 1,000 years, the Town of Bernalillo is the County Seat of Sandoval County and considered the historical center of New Mexico. It sits at the northwest slope of the Sandia Mountains and hugs the banks of the Rio Grande River, which splits the town from north to south.
With a population of 6,611 in 2000, Bernalillo progressed from a string of haciendas along the river in the 1600s to a commercial center of trade among the pueblos and Mexican settlers in the 1800s. The Town remains a retail trade and service center and is expected to reach 10,852 people by 2025.
This community has much to offer in history, culture, recreation, commerce, and social amenities. It has the advantages of larger cities and access to large-city services without the strain of urban living.
The wine grape was introduced here in the 1620's and Bernalillo celebrates the industry and the local heritage each Labor Day with the premier event in the state: The New Mexico Wine Festival at Bernalillo. In addition, there are three Indian Casinos within a ten mile radius of Bernalillo: Sandia, Santa Ana, and San Felipe. Both Sandia Pueblo and Santa Ana Pueblo have opened resort properties within the past few years.
“The Town of Bernalillo.” AmericanTowns.com. 14 Sep. 2014. Web.
Bernalillo by the Numbers
The Village of Corrales
The safest city in New Mexico, the Village of Corrales is a small, treasured oasis located within a large, fast-growing metropolitan area. The Village is bordered on the east by the Rio Grande and, across the river, by the Sandia Indian Reservation. To the south is the City of Albuquerque while to the west and north is the City of Rio Rancho. The greater metropolitan area numbers well over a half million people, but Corrales, about 7,300 in population, aggressively strives to retain a rural lifestyle. Prehistoric sites indicate the Corrales Valley has been occupied as early as 500 A.D. when the ancestors of the present-day Indian Pueblos derived sustenance from the fertile valley. Subsequent populations, including Hispanic, European and American families, settled in Corrales to raise grapes, apples, and livestock.
Today, Corrales is distinguished by its broad green pastures and orchards, its rich historic and artistic character, and of course the sounds and scents of roosters, cows, horses and sheep. To cross the borders into Corrales is to step into another time and place where the stresses of twenty-first century life give way to the grace and pace of another era.
“The Village of Corrales.” Village of Corrales New Mexico. 01 Jan. 2009. Web.
Corrales by the Numbers
The Village of Cuba
Traveling northwest on US 550 along the Jemez Mountain Trail loop is the town of Cuba. Cuba is the gateway to the famous Chaco Culture National Historic Park and the San Pedro Parks Wilderness Area. It is also the main route from New Mexico into Southern Colorado, Utah and the Four Corners area.
The town of Cuba, meaning "large tank" or "vat", is a hub city which supports many surrounding communities with goods and services. Cuba was originally named La Laguna, because it was full of water. Settlers drained the area, and it became Cuba when a post office was established in 1887 during the Spanish American War.
Although the population of Cuba is less than 1,000, the combined population of the communities within a 30-mile radius is more than 7,000. Within this small town are several grocery and convenience stores, repair shops, motels and restaurants.
“Cuba, NM.” Jemez Mountain Trail National Scenic Byway. 1 Jan. 2011. Web.
Cuba by the Numbers
Situated in the Jemez Mountains, Jemez Springs is located entirely within the Santa Fe National Forest. The village is sited on the Jemez River in the red rock San Diego Canyon. State Highway 4 passes through the settlement on the east bank of the Rio Grande tributary. Geothermal springs in and near the village feed the Jemez River.
The Jemez Valley is thought to have been inhabited for the last 4500 years. The Spaniards who visited the area beginning in 1540 reported multiple Native American pueblos (villages), in the valley. The Franciscan mission church San José de los Jemez was built just to the north of the current village in 1621 but was abandoned around the 1640s. Today the ruins are the site of Jemez State Monument.
In 1942, Jemez Springs was the second choice (after Oak City, Utah) for the location of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the proposed Manhattan Project research laboratory, but Los Alamos was chosen instead.
In 1947 two Roman Catholic retreats were founded nearby, the Congregation of the Servants of the Paraclete and the Handmaids of the Precious Blood.
“Jemez Springs, New Mexico.” Wikipedia.org. 29 Sep. 2014. Web.
Jemez Springs by the Numbers
The Gateway to the Jemez
The Village of San Ysidro is near the junction of U.S. Highway 550 and NM Highway 4, at the south end of the Jemez Valley. The Jemez River runs through San Ysidro, just north of where the Rio Salado River joins the Jemez River.
The Village has been a farming community since 1699 when Juan Trujillo established a settlement named for San Ysidro, or Saint Isidore the Farmer. The Village was incorporated in 1967. An annual San Ysidro Fiesta Day is held each year in mid-May.
“San Ysidro, New Mexico.” Wikipedia.org. 22 Aug. 2014. Web.
San Ysidro by the Numbers
Placitas: Peace & Tranquility
Placicas is set in the beautiful rolling foot hills on the north end of the Sandia Mountains. This secluded area is known for its peaceful community with lots of space in a beautiful setting. Just 20 minutes from downtown Albuquerque and 30 minutes from Santa Fe, many prefer Placitas for outdoor activities and to escape city life.
Placitas by the Numbers