Albuquerque is centrally located in the state of New Mexico, it is the largest city in the state, and it is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. The city stretches over 181 square miles and of that around 180 square miles is land. The humidity is generally very low and the sun is shining on average 278 days of the year. The temperatures in Albuquerque average about 40-50 degrees in the winter months, while in the summer months usually average about 90 degrees. The precipitation is very low, generally averaging 8-9 inches a year.
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Divided into four quadrants, Albuquerque’s northeastern quadrant contains some of the foothill neighborhoods and borders on the Sandia Mountains. The northeastern quadrant is the largest of the four and is home to the University of New Mexico, Balloon Fiesta Park, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology and more. This area is significantly pricier than the other four quadrants of Albuquerque.
The northwestern quadrant of Albuquerque houses mostly low to middle income neighborhoods along with the commercial district; neighborhoods such as Martineztown, the Paradise Hills, and the village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque are all found in this area. The majority of the historic district is located in the northwestern quadrant of Albuquerque including Old Town Albuquerque. The northwestern quadrant is home to Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, Petroglyph National Monument, and the Bosque.
At the foothills of Southeast Albuquerque are the upscale neighborhoods of Four Hills and Four Hills Country Club. Also calling this quadrant home are the neighborhoods of Nob Hill, Ridgecrest, Willow Wood, and Volterra. The Southeastern quadrant also houses Kirtland Air Force Base, Sandia Science and Technology Park, Eclipse Aerospace, Central New Mexico Community College, Hard Rock Casino, and much, much more.
Finally, the Southwest quadrant, also referred to as “South Valley”, is considered to expand all the way to the Isleta Indian Reservation even though it is not all within the Albuquerque city limits. This quadrant includes the older communities of Atrisco, Los Padillas, Kinney, Westgate, Westside, Mountainview, and Pajarito; as well as the southern portion of downtown Albuquerque and the Bosque. The National Hispanic Cultural Center and the Albuquerque Biological Park also consider this area home.
There are plenty of different transportation sources in and around Albuquerque. Two airports serve Albuquerque; the major airport is Albuquerque International Airport and Double Eagle II Airport is used primarily for corporate, private, military, training, charter, and air ambulance flights. Bus services are available throughout the city with Albuquerque Ride and the New Mexico Rail Runner Express offers commuter rail service offers transportation between Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Sandoval, Bernalillo, and Valencia Counties. For intercity rail service, Amtrak’s Southwest Chief makes one stop each way at the Alvarado Transportation Center. Finally, highways that service Albuquerque are the Pan-American Freeway (Interstate 25) for service north-south, Coronado Freeway (Interstate 40) for service east-west, and for the purpose of going around the northeastern quadrant, the Tramway Boulevard.
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