Sandoval County has attracted award-winning local, regional, and national home builders, which has resulted in a wide range of housing options. The county has maintained its reputation and marketability of affordable housing while building a name for itself in high-end real estate.
The median home cost in Sandoval County is $177,300.
Home appreciation the last year has been 0.70 percent.
Housing units in 2013: 53,484
Homeownership rate in 2008-2012: 80.7%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2008-2012: $183,400
Persons per household, 2008-2012: 2.79
For more housing information by community or to search for a property, visit the Greater Albuquerque Association of Realtors.
Sandoval County gets an average of 12 inches of rain per year and 14 inches of snowfall. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 56. On average, there are more than 300 days of sunshine per year in Sandoval County. The July high is around 90 degrees and the January low is 18. The comfort index (based on humidity during the hot months), is a 63 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The US average on the comfort index is 44.
Sandoval County and Rio Rancho are known for their low crime rates and for being among the safest places in New Mexico. In fact, both Corrales and Rio Rancho are both consistently ranked in the top 10 safest cities in the state, while Sandoval County is ranked #2 for safest New Mexico counties.
Annual Crime Data
Violent Crimes per 1,000 Residents: 1.95
Property Crimes per 1,000 Residents: 19.74
Violent Crimes per 1,000 Residents: 2.16
Property Crimes per 1,000 Residents: 18.57
Violent Crimes per 1,000 Residents: 3.8
Property Crimes per 1,000 Residents: 26
Cost of Living
Sandoval Economic Alliance participates in the American Chamber of Commerce Researchers Association (ACCRA) Cost of Living Index (COLI) for the city of Rio Rancho. The COLI is based upon a multitude of items and produces an index that can be compared against other participating cities across the United States. Participating organizations price study items during specific periods of time and according to ACCRA specifications. The U.S. COLI base is 100 and Rio Rancho’s annual average is 94.3.
There are 47 public schools in Sandoval County, New Mexico, serving 20,918 students. Additionally, 5 public charter schools exist, 11 preschools, and 11 private schools are available in the area.
The Lottery Scholarship
The New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship is for New Mexico high school graduates attending a New Mexico public post-secondary institution of higher education. Created by the New Mexico Legislature and funded from Lottery revenues, the scholarship is intended to make higher education more accessible to New Mexico high school students. For more information, visit the New Mexico Lottery website.
Colleges & Universities
Many post-secondary educational institutions exist within the Albuquerque Metro Area including the University of New Mexico (UNM), Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), New Mexico Highlands University, and the University of Phoenix. Additionally, several of these institutions have branches or are based in Sandoval County. For more information, visit the New Mexico Higher Education Department website.
Both Rio Rancho High School & V. Sue Cleveland High School are currently ranked nationally on the U.S. News & World Report's list of Best High Schools.
Health Services & Health Care
Presbyterian Rust Medical Center: The facility features labor and delivery services, intensive care, operating rooms, cardiac services, MRI and imaging, emergency care and more. This state of the art medical center is located at 2400 Unser Blvd. SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124.
Phone: (505) 253-7878
UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center: Services focus on primary care, emergency and trauma services, orthopedics and joint replacement behavioral health and medicine, medical and surgical services, obesity management and Women’s health. The medical center is located at 3001 Broadmoor Blvd NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144.
Phone: (505) 994-7000
Lovelace Westside Hospital: Provides 24-hour emergency care, fully equipped and expertly staffed operating rooms, a new labor and delivery unit, and medical pavilion with a multitude of outstanding medical specialties and services. Located at 10501 Golf Course Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114.
Phone: (505) 727-2000
Sandoval County Health Commons
1500 Idalia NE Building B
Bernalillo, NM 87004.
Cuba Health Center
PO Box 638
Cuba NM 87013
General primary care services, pharmacy, well child care, immunizations, dental.
Jemez Valley Medical Clinic
8372 Hwy 4
Jemez Pueblo NM 87024
Provides primary care for adults and children, pharmacy and laboratory as well as patient education, health screening, birth control, family planning, social services, and psychiatric services.
Lovelace Healthcare Center – Rio Rancho
3801 Southern Blvd SE
Rio Rancho NM 87124
Provides family medicine, pediatrics, immunizations, pharmacy, lab, and x-ray services.
Presbyterian Medical Group – High Resort
4005 High Resort, Rio Rancho NM 87124
Provides family medical care, internal medicine, cardiology, pediatrics, podiatry, mammography, and x-ray services.
Rio Rancho Adult & Family Medicine
1721 Rio Rancho Blvd SW, Rio Rancho NM 87124
Provides family medicine, internal medicine, primary care, gynecology, health education, infectious disease, women’s health, laboratory, pharmacy and radiology services.
Rio Rancho Family Health Center
1424 Deborah Rd SE Ste 101, Rio Rancho NM 87124
Mental health program. Provides behavioral health services, out-patient community mental health, substance abuse prevention and treatment, crisis response/intervention, residential treatment for children and teens, primary care services, medical care, pharmacy, dental care, laboratory and radiology and patient education.
Rio Rancho Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
4210 Sabana Grande SE, Rio Rancho NM 87124
Nursing home facility. Physical rehabilitation facility. Provides occupational rehabilitation and speech therapy.
The average commute time for Sandoval County residents is 29 minutes. Sandoval County's location in central New Mexico provides easy access to the regional markets of the Southwest. The States of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, and the State of Chihuahua, Mexico, border New Mexico. Interstates 25, 40, and 10 serve to connect Sandoval County to New Mexico’s neighbors and the major markets of California as well. Demographics estimates suggest that over 1,000,000 people, or 55 percent of New Mexico’s population, reside within 100 miles of Sandoval County.
Markets within a 600-mile radius include El Paso, Denver, Phoenix, Tucson, Oklahoma City, and Las Vegas. Within 800 miles, the cities of Dallas and Los Angeles are added. The California markets of San Diego and San Francisco, as well as the major Texas markets of San Antonio, Austin, and Houston, are within 1,100 miles of Sandoval County.
Interstate 25 (I-25) is the primary north-south highway serving the Western US (New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming). I-25 begins at Interstate 10 in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and terminates at Interstate 90 in Buffalo, Wyoming. The interstate is about 1,063 miles long and the speed on Interstate 25 is 75 miles per hour (except through major cities).
Interstate 40 (I-40) is a major east-west highway connecting Barstow, California to North Carolina State Highway 132 in Wilmington, North Carolina. It runs through New Mexico from East to West.
Interstate 10 stretches from California State Highway 1, in Santa Monica, California, to Interstate 95, in Jacksonville, Florida. It stretches through Southern New Mexico.
Albuquerque International Sunport
The Sunport is served by seven major commercial carriers: American, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, United and US Airways. It also receives regular in-state service from commuters, Great Lakes Airlines and New Mexico Airlines. Freight service is provided by Federal Express and UPS.
The Sunport offers nonstop service to 22 cities, including: Atlanta, Baltimore (BWI), Chicago (Midway/O’Hare), Dallas (DFW/ Love Field), Denver, Houston (Bush/Hobby), Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York (JFK), Oakland, Orlando (seasonal), Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma, Washington (Dulles). Nonstop in-state service is offered to Carlsbad and Los Alamos.
Double Eagle II Airport
Double Eagle II Airport is located just south of Rio Rancho’s southern border (Quail Ranch) near the Petroglyph National Monument and is accessible from both Interstate 40 and Interstate 25. There are approximately 240 based aircraft and approximately 120,000 annual operations comprised of training flights, military flights, air ambulance, charter, private and corporate flights.
The airport has two runways; runway 4-22 is 7,398 feet in length by 100 feet wide, has full ILS and is equipped with a MALSR on the runway 22 end. Runway 17-35 is 5,999 feet in length by 100 feet wide, and has REIL on each end. Runway 4 and 17 are equipped with PAPI visual navigational aide.Traffic pattern altitude is 6,800′ mean sea level.There are right hand traffic patterns for runways 22 and 35.
Main New Mexico freight line railroads consist of Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) and Union Pacific (UP). The BNSF hauls 90 percent of all freight originating in New Mexico and 80 percent of all cargo terminating here. UP bridges traffic to California and the East. Short line railroads include Santa Fe Southern and Texas & New Mexico. BNSF also provides intermodal service. Intermodal services allow firms to combine rail, truck and sea transportation services. This combination helps companies establish the fastest time and lowest cost shipping alternatives.
Rail Runner Passenger Service
New Mexico has new commuter train service called the Rail Runner. The Rail Runner provides train service between Santa Fe and Belen. The Rail Runner Express shuttle service provides transportation from various locations in Sandoval County to the train station.
Amtrak Passenger Service
Amtrak provides rail passenger service in New Mexico. The Chicago to Los Angeles route serves Raton, Las Vegas, Lamy (Santa Fe), Albuquerque, and Gallup. A separate route between New Orleans and Los Angeles, via El Paso, TX, serves Deming and Lordsburg.
With many parks, hiking trails, monuments and historical sites, Sandoval County residents have every reason to enjoy the outdoors. From mountains to rivers and natural springs, the area is a dream for the avid outdoorsman. Download the Sandoval County Outdoor Recreation Guide here.
Shopping & Dining
Sandoval County is well known for its history of vineyards dating back to the 1600s. This influence continues to provide authenticity to the local wineries. New Mexico is also home to a number of microbreweries and brew pubs and is known as the "Frontier of Beer." Additionally, the Native American culture lends its centuries old artwork and cuisine to make shopping and dining a unique experience.
Sandoval County and the City of Rio Rancho offer a wide array of events for residents and families. For more information on things to do in Sandoval County, visit sandovalcounty.org. To visit the events page of the Rio Rancho Observer, click here.