Recognized as one of the one of the most culturally diverse cities in the country, Albuquerque’s ethnic tapestry is reflected in its architecture, artwork, cultural centers and cuisine. Countless customs and traditions are a vibrant part of daily life in the city, making Albuquerque the cultural capital of the Southwest.
New Mexico’s largest city, the Albuquerque Metro area has over 908,200 residents and is growing at a steady pace of 1 to 2 percent a year. The area’s five-year growth rate is projected at 7.2 percent compared with the national rate of 4.0 percent. Even as a larger city, Albuquerque can’t help but retain its neighborhood feel.
Albuquerque enjoys blue skies and sunshine 310 days out of the year, making the city an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise and a magnificent place to enjoy outdoor sporting events, concerts, festivals and more.
The city spans 187 square miles at elevations ranging from 4,500to 6,500 feet above sea level.
The breakfast burrito is said to have originated at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® in the 1970s.
The Sandia Mountains on the city’s east side rise to more than 10,600 feet in elevation and turn a watermelon pink color at sunset.
The official New Mexico state question is “Red or Green?” referring to red or green chile when ordering New Mexican food. For those who want both red and green chile, tell the server “Christmas.”
Albuquerque has more than a dozen museums, an Old Town area featuring more than 150 shops, restaurants and galleries, and a nostalgic stretch of Route 66 that combines old and new for an exciting visitor experience.
The biscochito, a small anise-flavored cookie, is the official New Mexico state cookie.
Albuquerque celebrated its 300th birthday in 2006.
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