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Living and Working In Albuquerque

Imagine life in a city of diverse cultures, year-round sunshine and vibrant community


Affordable living, a combination of urban, suburban and rural settings, and plenty of things to do and places to eat make this city in the Land of Enchantment a uniquely enchanting place to live and work. Whether you’re looking for the perfect spot to work remotely on a temporary basis or you’re planning to relocate permanently, you’ll find a rewarding lifestyle in Albuquerque that few other mid-sized cities can offer. 

From the lively Downtown scene to the communities nestled in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains, Albuquerque’s neighborhoods make our city a place where you will always feel right at home. Albuquerque is where you’ll find the authentic Southwest, with a culture of creativity, acceptance and deep-rooted community.

But don’t just take our word for it – our quality of life is reflected by our national rankings. From being named one of the best places for outdoor enthusiasts to live and work to grabbing the No. 1 spot on a list of the best places for moviemakers to live and work, Albuquerque is widely recognized for offering an unparalleled balance between work and play. Find out why Resonance Consultancy ranked Albuquerque as No. 34 on its 2021 list of America’s 100 Best Cities with populations of 500,000 people or more.

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As one of the oldest cities in the United States, Albuquerque boasts a unique multicultural history and heritage that is embedded in everyday life. You will always know you're someplace special, whether you're eating at one of our traditional New Mexican restaurants, shopping at one of the thousands of shops and galleries around town, enjoying our world-class visual and performing arts, or playing on the best golf courses in the Southwest. Nowhere is the confluence of past and present more dramatic than here in Albuquerque, where the modern city skyline is set against a backdrop of the stunning Sandia Mountains and an endless, timeless blue sky.

Nearly 1 million people call the Albuquerque area home. They love it here because:

  • Our population is one of the most culturally diverse in the country, resulting in a vibrant and energetic community. Six in 10 Albuquerque residents are people of color, and the median age here is 37.
  • Our cost of living is affordable, with a wide variety of housing that ranges from cozy Downtown lofts to suburban estates. In fact, Apartment Therapy ranked Albuquerque as one of the best bargains for house-hunters in 2020. 
  • Our commute times are reasonable, averaging less than 25 minutes.
  • Recreational opportunities abound. Everything from skiing and snowboarding to kayaking, hiking and golf are easily accessible from anywhere in town. In addition, the city features more than 400 miles of bicycle paths and trails. 
  • We are home to the University of New Mexico and the Central New Mexico Community College.
  • We have a lively performing arts scene including professional theater companies, and we host touring Broadway productions at Popejoy Hall on the UNM campus.
  • We have a professional minor league baseball team, a professional USL Championship soccer team and many other sports teams, including NCAA football and basketball teams.

ABQ Home For Life 

Albuquerque has space - space to grow your career, space to grow your family, and space to grow your life. With 3,000 people per square mile, you know you’ll escape the endless urban sprawl, while still enjoying the amenities and excitement of a city. Beyond space to reside, Albuquerque’s unique location offers space to move too - here you can hike, climb, paddle, bike and explore. Looking to grow your career? Albuquerque is also big on small business, entrepreneurship, and innovation and boasts opportunities in industries like government, education, health care, entertainment, tech and manufacturing. 

Visit to find out exactly why Albuquerque is the perfect spot to call home.  

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Visitor & Relocation Services 

The businesses in this section provide services for visitors, residents and anyone lucky enough to be asking the question, “Should I move to Albuquerque, NM?” Check out Albuquerque’s top rankings by national publications.

Some visitors like Albuquerque so much they decide to move here. Below, you’ll find some relocation basics. If you don’t find the category of service you are looking for, check the Business Listing section.

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