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Top Albuquerque Rankings

 

Albuquerque skyline at sunset by marblestreetstudio.comWe know Albuquerque is a great place to visit and to live. But don't take our word for it; the list below shows how Albuquerque tops the charts in a variety of categories as rated by prominent publications and organizations.

2014 Albuquerque Rankings

 

 

FlipKey.com ranked Albuquerque as a Top U.S. Travel Destination for 2014.

Albuquerque was ranked as one of the Top 10 Beer Cities by Livability.com.

AARP ranked Albuquerque one of the Best US Cities to Visit in 2014.

Albuquerque was ranked one of the Top 10 Mountain Bike Cities in North America by Singletracks.com.

Albuquerque has been named as one the 10 US Cities with the Best Travel Deals in 2014 by USA Today.

Wandering Educators named the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History as one of the Best Science Museum's Around the World.

USA Today's 10Best.com ranked the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science #3 on their Best Museums for Families.

Albuquerque and The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta was named one of the Six Big Cities for Events by Jaunted.com.

Amac.us named Albuquerque one of their 5 Fantastic Winter Destinations.

Albuquerque among British Airways "Where to be seen in 2014" list.

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center has been named Tribal Destination of the Year at the American Indian Alaskan Native Tourism Association Conference.

Albuquerque named one of the Best Places to Watch a Sunset by 10Best.com's Reader's Choice.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta named one of the 10 Best Festivals in the US by FamousWonders.com.

Touropia.com named Albuquerque one of the 10 Best Hot Air Balloon Rides Around the World.

The Chicago Tribune ranked the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta among their Big Events of the New Year.

Fodor's named the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta one of the 15 Festivals to Attend Before You Die.

Albuquerque ranked the #2 Top Film Locations in the World by Wayn.com.


2013 Albuquerque Rankings

Albuquerque is one of Zagat's 20 Awesome Winter Foodie Destinations

Albuquerque has been named one of 20 Awesome US Cities You Need to Visit in Your 20's by The Huffington Post.

Vocativ
named Albuquerque one of the 35 Best US Cities for People 35 and Under.

Albuquerque ranked 7th in 2013 Digital Cities Survey.

The Albuquerque International Sunport (airport) was ranked #2 on USA Today's 10Best list of the Best U.S. Airports for Art 

Fodor's Travel named Albuquerque among the Top 25 Places to Go in 2013

Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm, Vinaigrette, Farm & Table and The Grove Café named in The Nature Conservancy's 2013 Nature's Plate Awards.

The SpareFoot Blog named Albuquerque on #1 on their list of Tidiest Towns in America.

Priceline
named Albuquerque America's Most Pet Friendly City for Travelers

CareetBliss.com ranked Albuquerque second among the Happiest Mid-Sized Cities in the US.

The Rio Grande Valley named in 10 Best Wine Regions to Visit for Harvest by USA Today's 10Best.com

Albuquerque named #1 on Weather.com's 10 Best Urban Destinations for Nature Lovers

USA Today's 10Best.com
named Albuquerque's Green Chile #1 on The 10 Best Iconic American Regional Foods

Albuquerque's Explora has been named in USA Today's 10 Great Family-Friendly Museums

Albuquerque named one of Facebook's Fittest Cities in America

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta was named one of Metro New York's Four Unique Festivals to Visit

Orbitz.com ranked Albuquerque among the Top Summer Drive Destinations by Region for 2013

USA Today ranked the Sandia Peak Tramway among the Top 10 Tourist Spots in New Mexico

Movoto ranked Albuquerque among the Most Family Friendly Cities

Albuquerque is ranked #8 by MovieMaker.com's Top 10 Cities to be a Moviemaker

Albuquerque has been named one of the top Park Friendly Cities by the Trust for Public Land

Buzzle.com named Albuquerque one of The World's Best Places for Hot Air Balloon Rides

Men's Health ranked Albuquerque in their Top 40 Most Active Cities

TravelNerd.com named Albuquerque among the Top 10 Urban Destinations For Nature-Lovers

FDI Intelligence ranked Albuquerque among American Mid-Sized Cities of the Future

Albuquerque has been ranked as one of the Best Family Vacation Destinations for Spring by TodaysParent.com.

TheTravelersZone.com ranked Albuquerque in the Top 5 Most Affordable Travel Destinations

Albuquerque ranks among 5 Remarkably Affordable Travel Destinations for 2013 by Forbes.com

Amog.com
ranked Albuquerque as one of the Top 10 American Cities that Brew the Best Beer

Nerdwallet.com
named Albuquerque in one of the 10 Best Cities for Car Drivers

The University of New Mexico's The Pit has been named in the Top 5 Venues in College Basketball by rantsport.com.

MSN.com
named Albuquerque as one of the Top 10 Destinations for Morning People

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta named one of the Events Worth Planning a Trip Around for 2013 by Gadling.com

Albuquerque has been named as one of the Most Romantic Date Destinations in America by Redbook Magazine

Forbes named Albuquerque one of The Most Diverse Areas in America

Albuquerque has been named one of Travel & Leisure's Editor's Favorite Trips of 2012

Several sites throughout New Mexico have been ranked on CheapFlights.com's Top 11 Atomic Tourism Sites

International Science Times names Albuquerque one of the Top 10 Skinny Cities in America



2012 Albuquerque Rankings

Albuquerque named to Top Holiday Lights List by Society of American Travel Writers

ESPN ranked The Gildan New Mexico Bowl among its Top 25 College Football Games of 2012.

Albuquerque has been named as one of the 2012 Greenest Cities in America by Corporate Knights Magazine.

InToWine.com
has named Gruet Winery's non-vintage Gruet Winery Brut No. 16 on it’s list of Top 50 Sparkling Wines to Try Before You Quit Drinking.

Just west of Albuquerque, the Acoma Pueblo was named one of “12 most extreme places in America worth visiting” by BudgetTravel.com

Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm was named by SelecRegistry.com as one of the Top Meditation Spots in the US.

Greatist.com
named the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta as one of the 38 Best Healthy and Happy Festivals.

Albuquerque's Hotel Andaluz was named one of the Top 25 Hotels in the Southwest by Conde Nast's Reader's Choice Awards.

Albuquerque named as one of the U.S. Cities with the Cleanest Air by the AirGenius Awards.

Hotwire.com®
ranked Albuquerque as one of the Top Five Destinations for an Awesome Autumn

Albuquerque was ranked as one of the Best Places to Retire for Under 40K by US News.

CNNMoney.com
ranked Albuquerque as one of the 25 Best Places to Retire.

Albuquerque was ranked at one of the Top 20 Most Livable U.S. Cities for Wheelchair Users by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

Reuters ranked Albuquerque as one of the Top U.S. Destinations in October.

Albuquerque was ranked by CheapFlights.com as one of the Top 10 In-Demand October Getaways.

LuxeInACity
ranked Albuquerque as one of the Top 10 Best Travel Destinations for October.

Albuquerque is one of the 2012 Top 10 Value Cities in the U.S. according to Hotwire.com®.

Yahoo ranked Albuquerque one of the Top West Coast Destinations for Senior Travel.

National Geographic ranked the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta one of the Best Fall Trips for 2012.

Albuquerque ranked 3rd in Men's Fitness Magazine's 25 Fittest Cities.

The Trust for Public Land
ranked the Albuquerque park system among the 10 Best in the nation.

TripAdvisor
named Albuquerque one of 15 Destinations on the Rise

Albuquerque was ranked 5th in Wanderlust's Top 5 Places to Pop the Question

Film Industry Network ranked Albuquerque as one of the 10 Best Cities for Aspiring Filmmakers

Albuquerque ranked 9th in Top 10: United States of Production by P3 Update

Sandia Resort & Casino ranked in Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards for Mainland US Resorts

Jetset Magazine ranked Albuquerque's Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Course in their Ultimate Golf Destinations profile.

Albuquerque is ranked #3 by MovieMaker.com's Top 10 Cities to be a Moviemaker.

Yahoo! ranked Albuquerque one of the Top West Coast Destinations for Senior Travel.

Albuquerque's Paseo Del Bosque Trail was ranked by Sunset Magazine as a Top 20 Bike Path in the West

Sandia Golf Club ranked in GolfWeek Magazine as one of the Best Courses You Can Play in 2012.

AmericanStyle Magazine ranked Albuquerque #7 in their Top 25 Big Cities for Art.

Forbes named Albuquerque one of the 25 Best Places to Retire in 2012.

The Business Journal ranked Albuquerque one of the Top Cities for Small Businesses.

Albuquerque was ranked one of the Top 20 Leisure Destinations for Couples by travel writers Johnny Jet and Natalie Bahadur.

Greatlist.com ranked Albuquerque as one of the Top Cities for 20-Somethings.

2011 Albuquerque Rankings

Albuquerque was ranked 15th in Bloomberg Businessweek's America's 50 Best Cities

CNNMoney.com ranked Albuquerque as a Top 25 Best Places to Retire

Livability.com's
Top 10 Great Places to Ride a Bike list placed Albuquerque in the #1 spot

Of America's 50 largest cities, Albuquerque is ranked 28th in Walk Score's 2011 list of walkable cities

Albuquerque was ranked 10th in the Huffington Post's 10 American Cities With The Fastest Green Jobs Growth list

AmericanStyle magazine ranks Albuquerque as the 6th Best Large City for Arts 

Livability.com ranked Albuquerque #7 in its list of Top 10 Foodie Cities

Of the American Lung Association’s Top 25 Cleanest U.S. Cities for Year-Round Particle Pollution, Albuquerque lines up at #7

Albuquerque ranks 64th among the Best Cities for Job Growth in the New Geography Mid-Sized Cities Rankings

Huffington Post has named Albuquerque to its compilation of the 10 Best US Cities For Local Food

Albuquerque placed 3rd among the Top 10 Golf Cities on Livability.com

Forbes ranked Albuquerque as one of the 16 top U.S cities to retire

MovieMaker magazine ranked Albuquerque as the No. 2 city for independent filmmakers

Albuquerque fills the #1 top spot on Livability.com's Top 10 Beer Cities list

The Top 10 Great Hiking Trails list compiled by Livability.com, puts Albuquerque in the #3 spot

The American Golf Resort Guide recognized Twin Warriors Golf Club as one of the Top 150 golf courses in the U.S.

Albuquerque was recognized by TLC.com as the 4th Best Place to Live with a Family on their Top 10 Cities for Families list

Livability.com's Top 10 Pet Cities list lines Albuquerque up at #8



2010 Albuquerque Rankings

4th Best Place to Live with a Family on TLC.com's Top 10 Cities for Families

Condé Nast Traveler magazine named the Hyatt Regency Tamaya as one of the Nation's Top Resorts


Livability.com
ranks Albuquerque #8 on their list of Top Ten Pet Friendly Cities: America's Best Places to Live with Pets

Roadtripsforfamilies.com ranks the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta among its Top Ten Fall Festivals for Families

U.S. News ranks Albuquerque #3 on their list of 10 Great Places to Buy Homes for Less Than $800 a Month

Ranked #2 among Top 20 Most Livable U.S. Cities for Wheelchair Users by Disabled-World.com

MovieMaker Magazine ranks Albuquerque the #1 on their list of 10 Best Cities to Live, Work & Make Movies in America

Parenting.com named Albuquerque one of the Best Cities for Families

PETA ranks Albuquerque #3 on its list of The Most Veg-Friendly Cities in America (vegetarian and vegan)

Men's Health ranked Albuquerque #6 on their list of the Top 10 Leanest Cities in the US 7th Best Large City for Arts,

AmericanStyle Magazine 2010 The “State of the Air Report” produced by the American Lung Association ranked Albuquerque as #8 on their list of the Top 25 Cleanest U.S. Cities for Year-Round Particle Pollution Levels.

Livability.com ranked Albuquerque #7 on their list of the Top 10 Surprisingly Great Food Cities

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa is ranked #11 Top Resort Spa by Condé Nast Traveler

Albuquerque was listed as one of the Best Made-Over U.S. Towns Worth a Visit by Yahoo! Travel

Albuquerque ranks #17 on Bicycling magazine's list of America's Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities

Business Travel News ranked Albuquerque as the 13th least expensive destination for business travelers among 100 U.S. cities

Albuquerque ranks #9 on the Business Courier of Cincinnati's 'Green-Cities' List

Albuquerque ranks #3 on the Livability.com list of Golf's Best Kept Secrets: 10 Great Golf Cities

Meetings & Conventions readers awarded Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa with the prestigious Gold Tee Award.



2009 Albuquerque Rankings

Hyatt Regency Tamaya named among Travel + Leisure's 500 World's Best Hotels for 2009

Albuquerque ranked No.15 on Byways magazine's Top 50 Motorcoach Destinations of 2010, December 2009

Albuquerque named one of the 10 great places to find true Americana by Author Gary McKechnie, in his book USA 101: A Guide to America's Iconic Places, Events and Festival, featured in USA Today, August 2009

No. 6 on Outside magazine's Best Cities in America 2009 list, August 2009

Albuquerque ranks in The 10 Best Cities for Local Food by The Huffington Post, July 2009

Albuquerque ranks in the Top 10 Best Cities to Live in 2009 by U.S. News & World Report Albuquerque ranks #2 on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s 10 Best Cities of 2009

Albuquerque ranks in the Top 10 Best Cities to Live in 2009 by Relocate-America Moving up two spots since 2008,

Albuquerque is named the 5th Best Big City Art Destination in American Style Magazine, April 2009

Sandia Golf Club ranks among the top 100 golf shops, Golf World, February 2009

5th Fittest City in the United States by Men's Fitness magazine, January 2009

5th best city in the U.S. to ride it out as an independent movie maker this year by Movie Maker Magazine, February 2009

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa named in the top 20 "World's Best Hotel Values" in a readers choice poll by subscribers of Travel + Leisure Magazine, March 2009.

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Mist Spa named one of the Top Resort Spas in the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean and Canada by Condé Nast Traveler March 2009.



2008 Albuquerque Rankings

Albuquerque named among "Hollywood's Favorite Cities" on Forbes.com, December 10, 2008

3rd best city with 500,000-plus populations that have the safest air by Health Magazine, October 2008

Ranked in the Top 20 for the 2008 US Sustainability Rankings by SustainLane, 2008 Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club ranked No. 3 in the United States for best public golf courses in a Readers Choice Poll by subscribers of Golf World, October 2008.

Top 10 Cities for Hispanics by Hispanic Magazine, August 2008

Among America’s Most Walkable Neighborhoods in the Top 40 U.S. Cities by Walkscore.com, 2008

Paseo Del Bosque Trail Ranked No. 1 for Top 10 City Bike Rides by Sunset Magazine, July 2008

2008 Best Modern Courses (No. 43 Paa Ko Ridge, No. 73 Black Mesa Golf Club), by Golfweek, 2008

Among the Top 66 Places Where Owning Real Estate Makes Sense by RealEstateMSN.com, 2008

The Albuquerque Zoo is rated one of America's 60 best zoos, according to The Intrepid Traveler, July 2008

Albuquerque ranks as the 5th best place to build personal wealth, according to the Salary.com 2008 Salary Value Index

Albuquerque ranks as the second most affordable destination in North America according to AAA's Annual Vacation Costs Survey for 2008

No. 2 for Open Space by a study of the Trust for Public Land indicates Albuquerque devotes the second most land area by percentage to parks and preserves for large cities in the country. July, 2008

Ranked in the Top Towns for Empty Nesters by Forbes.com, April 3, 2008

Among the top ten cleanest U.S. Cities for long-term particle pollution by The American Lung Association, April 2008

Albuquerque's growing population moved the city to the big city category for 2008, but we are still a top 25 art destination, at 7th Best Big City Art Destination in AmericanStyle Magazine, April 2008

The Albuquerque BioPark was named No. 8 of Sunset Magazine's Top 10 Urban Parks, Sunset, April 2008

Albuquerque's local cupcake boutique Cake Fetish ranked top amongst the country's best cupcakes for their famous Fluffer Nutter cupcake by MSN.com, February 2008

3rd Fittest City in the Unites States by Men's Fitness magazine, February 2008

No. 16 of America's 50 Greenest Cities by Popular Science on their popsci.com website, February 2008

Top 10 Movie Cities of 2008 by MovieMaker magazine, January 2008

Top 10 Places in the U.S. to Live by relocateamerica.com

Top 20 Greenest Cities in the U.S. by Forbes.com



2007 Albuquerque Rankings

Top 25 most "eventful" cities by www.eventful.com, December 2007

Third Most Pet-Friendly City in America by Forbes.com, October 10, 2007

Among Top Best Cities for Jobs by Forbes, October, 2007

Top 50 Best Places to Live and Play by National Geographic Adventure magazine, September 2007

Top 25 Memorable Summer Vacations is Ballooning in Albuquerque by Woman's Day, July 2007

No. 1 for Open Space by a study of the Trust for Public Land indicates Albuquerque devotes the most land area by percentage to parks and preserves of any large city in the country. July, 2007

Area golf courses among the top 40 casino golf courses by Golf Digest (No. 10 Twin Warriors Golf Club, No. 28 Sandia Golf Club, No. 33 Santa Ana Golf Club), July 2007

Second best mid-sized city for arts by AmericanStyle, June 2007

Mayor Martin Chavez and Albuquerque won the Mayor's Climate Protection Award at the U.S. Conference of Mayors beating out 90 other cities, June 2007

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa is among the Top 100 reader-rated golf resorts in Conde Nast Traveler, June 2007.

Third best city in the nation for dogs by Men's Health Magazine, June 2007

No. 1 Most Affordable Vacation Spot by AAA, June 2007 Santa ana golf course by john johnson golfphotos.com

Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club as the Best in the Southwest by Zagat Survey, May 2007

Among the top ten cleanest U.S. Cities for long-term particle pollution by The American Lung Association, May 2007

Among the top 20 "Nano Metro" areas in the nation by Wilson Center's Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, May 2007

Ranked among the top small airports for customer satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates, May 2007

Golf on the Santa Fe Trail ranked among four best multi-stop shops for your next golf trip, GOLF Magazine, May 2007

No. 1 Healthiest Cities for Latinas by Latina magazine, May 2007

No. 6 Best Place for Business and Careers by Forbes Magazine, April 2007

No. 19 among mid-sized cities for doing business by Inc. magazine

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No. 1 Fittest City in America by Men's Fitness Magazine, January 2007

100 Best Communities for Young People by America's Promise Alliance, January 2007

No. 4 Best American City for making movies, MovieMaker Magazine, Winter Edition 2007

Top 10 best places to own real estate, Investor's Guide 2007, Fortune Magazine



2006 Albuquerque Rankings

Hotwire.com travel value index logo 6th Best Overall Value for Visitors according to the Hotwire® Travel Value Index, January 2006 Top 6 Travel Destinations to keep on your radar for 2006 by SmarterTravel.com and reported in USAToday.com , January 2006

No. 1 of the Best Places for Business and Careers Survey by Forbes Magazine, May 2006

Consistently a top 25 art destination, American Style Magazine, Summer 2006 Top 25 bargain destinations for hotels and meal rates, Expo Magazine, July/August 2006

Top five pet-friendly travel destinations according to "Traveling with your Pet: The AAA PetBook", September 2006

No. 3 on Kiplinger's Personal Finance's 50 Smart Cities: Great, Affordable Places to Live Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, May 2006 "Golf at it's absolute best" Five Star Rating to Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club from Golf Digest, April 2006

2006 Gold Tee Award awarded to Twin Warriors Golf Club from Meetings and Conventions Magazine, May 2006

One of "America's 75 Best Golf Resorts" is the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort's Twin Warriors' Golf Club by GOLF Magazine , March 2006

No. 21 of "America's 50 Hottest Cities" by Expansion Management magazine, February 2006

Third-best place to bike in the U.S. by Bicycling Magazine , January 2006

Top 10 of America's Brainiest Cities by American City Business Journals, June 2006

10th fittest city, Men's Fitness magazine, January 2006 ABA top 100 event

Top 10 cities for Hispanics, HISPANIC magazine, June 2006

Top 10 Best Cities for Families Relocating, study by Worldwide ERC & Primacy Relocation, June 2006

Albuquerque Tricentennial Celebration ranked #1 on Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association



2005 Albuquerque Rankings

"A Rising Star" by Yahoo! HotJobs among cities and metropolitan areas that provide the foundation for good work and life balance, October.

100 best communities for young people100 Best Communities for Young Peopleby America's Promise Alliance, September.

5th Best Real Estate Market, Expansion Management, August.

Top 25 Bargain Destinations for Hotels and Meal Rates by Expo magazine, July/August.

A Five-Star Knowledge Worker Metro by National magazine, May.

11th Best City for Relocating Families, Employee Relocation Council, May.

Best City to Start a Business or Career, MSN, May.

5th Best Metro Overall and 5th Lowest Cost City for Doing Business by Forbes magazine, May.

"Super City of the Future" for Educated "Knowledge Workers," Expansion Management, May.

2nd in poll of favorite Art Destinations by Business Weekly, April.

11th Best Midsize City for Entrepreneurs, Entrepreneur Magazine, 2005

Albuquerque International Sunport voted one of the Top 5 U.S. Airports for Wireless Access , Microsoft Small Business Center, February.

10th fittest city by Men's Fitness magazine, January.

7th on America's Hottest Cities List by Expansion Management, January.

5th best Real Estate Market and the 4th lowest city for purchase cost by Expansion Management.

Sandia Golf Club at Sandia Resort and Casino, has been named Development of the Year by Golf Inc. magazine.



2005 New Mexico Rankings

3rd Best State for Cost of Labor, Business Facilities, July.

5th Best State for Manufacturing Growth, Business Facilities, July.

3rd on Top 10 Small Tech Hot Spots List for the third consecutive year, Small Times magazine, March.



2004 Albuquerque Rankings

Albuquerque Metro ranks 20th on list of Best Performing Cities, Milken Institute, November.

One of the top Real Estate Markets, Expansion Management, October.

Top 10 City for Hispanics by HISPANIC magazine, June.

12th for the top 40 Hispanic markets by Hispanic Business Network, March.

11th on the list of Top 25 Art Destinations, AmericanStyle magazine, Summer.

12th Best Place for Business and Careers in the country among 150 cites by Forbes magazine, May.

No. 1 in local manufacturing productivity by Area Development magazine, May.

One of the best cities in the country for new and expanding business by Inc. Magazine, May.

New Mexico's Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort named "America's 75 Best Golf Resorts" by Golf Magazine, March.

Santa Ana Golf Course named "One of America's three best true /travel-tools/abq-expertss-style golf courses" by The New York Times, March.



2003 Albuquerque Rankings

One of the Top 40 Hottest Real Estate Markets in U.S. by Expansion Management magazine, August.

10th for Lowest Suburban Office Rents by Expansion Management Magazine, August.

2nd in the Top Cities In Which To Start A Business by Money Magazine, July.

Top 10 Cities for Hispanics by Hispanic Magazine, July.

39th on the list among the country's 296 largest metropolitan areas by Milken Institute's Best Performing Cities Index , June.

One of Best in Nation for Job Growth by Manpower Employment Outlook Survey , June.

One of Nation's Top 25 Arts Destinations by American Style Magazine, Summer.

28th out of 149 Large Metro Areas as a top places for business and careers. In inpidual categories, Albuquerque ranked 8th on "cost to do business;" 39th on "educational attainment;" and 60th on job growth, Forbes magazine, May.