40 Facts About Albuquerque


Albuquerque was founded in 1706 as an outpost as La Villa de Alburquerque by Francisco Cuervo y Valdes in the provincial kingdom of Santa Fe de Nuevo Mexico and named after the Viceroy Francisco Fernandez de la Cueva, 10th duke of Alburquerque, which is from a town in Spain.

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Albuquerque was a farming and shepherding community and strategically located trading and military outpost along the Camino Real, for the other already established for the Tiquex and Hispano towns in the area, such as Barelas, Corrales, Isleta Pueblo, Los Ranchos, and Sandia Pueblo.

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Many Anglo merchants, mountain men, and settlers slowly filtered into Albuquerque, creating a major mercantile commercial center which is Downtown Albuquerque.

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New Albuquerque was incorporated as a town in 1885, with Henry N Jaffa its first mayor.

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In June 2007, Albuquerque was listed as the sixth fastest-growing city in the United States.

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Albuquerque's downtown entered the same phase and development as nearly every city across the United States.

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The mountain towns of Tijeras, Edgewood, and Moriarty, while close enough to Albuquerque to be considered suburbs, have experienced much less growth compared to Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Los Lunas, and Belen.

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The Mid Region Council of Governments, which includes constituents from throughout the Albuquerque area, was formed to ensure that these governments along the middle Rio Grande would be able to meet the needs of their rapidly rising populations.

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In October 2013, the Albuquerque Journal reported Albuquerque as the third best city to own an investment property.

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Albuquerque has one of the highest elevations of any major city in the United States, though the effects of this are greatly tempered by its southwesterly continental position.

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Albuquerque is geographically divided into four quadrants that are officially part of mailing addresses.

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Northwest Albuquerque includes the largest section of Downtown, Rio Grande Nature Center State Park and the Bosque, Petroglyph National Monument, Double Eagle II Airport, the Paradise Hills neighborhood, Taylor Ranch, and Cottonwood Mall.

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Albuquerque's climate is classified as a cold semi-arid climate according to one application of the Koppen climate classification system.

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Albuquerque is located at the crossroads of several ecoregions, depending on the system applied.

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Eastern areas of the Greater Albuquerque Area, known as the East Mountain Area, lie the Southwestern Tablelands, sometimes considered a southern extension of the central high plains and northeast New Mexico highlands.

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Albuquerque's drinking water comes from a combination of Rio Grande water and a delicate aquifer that has been described as an "underground Lake Superior".

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The majority of the religious population in Albuquerque are Christian, being a historical Spanish and Mexican city, the Catholic Church is the largest Christian church in Albuquerque.

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The Catholic population of Albuquerque is served by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe, whose administrative center is located in Albuquerque.

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Sandia Peak Ski Area, adjacent to Albuquerque, provides both winter and summer recreation in the Sandia Mountains.

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Albuquerque is a hub for production studios, including Albuquerque Studios which is one of the primary productions hubs for Netflix.

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Several major motion pictures and television shows have been filmed and produced in Albuquerque, including scenes from Walt Disney Presents Elfego Baca, The Muppet Movie, Breaking Bad, The Avengers, Better Call Saul, A Million Ways to Die in the West, In Plain Sight, Speechless, Daybreak, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, Just Getting Started, and Stranger Things season 4.

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Albuquerque is home to numerous radio and television stations that serve the metropolitan and outlying rural areas.

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Albuquerque is home to eighteen broadcast television stations, including KOB, KRQE, KOAT-TV, and KLUZ-TV, although most households are served by direct cable network connections.

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One of the longest running AM broadcasts is an ABC News Radio station called KKOB, and the first officially licensed FM radio broadcast in Albuquerque was KANW which mostly broadcasts the New Mexico music genre and NPR programming.

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Music groups based in Albuquerque include A Hawk and A Hacksaw, Beirut, The Echoing Green, The Eyeliners, Hazeldine, Leiahdorus, Oliver Riot, Scared of Chaka, and The Shins.

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The Albuquerque metro is a major contributor of the Middle Rio Grande Valley AVA with New Mexico wine produced at several vineyards, it is home to several New Mexican breweries.

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Albuquerque has an active restaurant scene, and local restaurants receive statewide attention, several of them having become chains.

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Original architecture of La Villa de Albuquerque is referred to as the Territorial Style, it was revitalized as the Territorial Revival architecture.

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Albuquerque retained this commission for the next quarter-century and developed the university's distinctive Southwest style.

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The pre-1940s parts of Albuquerque are quite different in style and scale from the post-1940s areas.

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Albuquerque is home to over 300 other visual arts, music, dance, literary, film, ethnic, and craft organizations, museums, festivals and associations, and the state's capital Santa Fe is known for being a major arts city.

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Albuquerque Isotopes are a minor league affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, having derived their name from The Simpsons season 12 episode "Hungry, Hungry Homer", which involves the Springfield Isotopes baseball team considering relocating to Albuquerque.

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Albuquerque is home to Jackson-Winkeljohn gym, a mixed martial arts gym.

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Albuquerque is the center of the New Mexico Technology Corridor, a concentration of high-tech institutions, including Intel's Fab 11X in Rio Rancho and a Facebook Data Center in Los Lunas.

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Albuquerque is home to the University of New Mexico, the largest public flagship university in the state.

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Albuquerque is home to the following programs and non-profit schools of higher learning: Southwest University of Visual Arts, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Trinity Southwest University, the University of St Francis College of Nursing and Allied Health Department of Physician Assistant Studies, and the St Norbert College Master of Theological Studies program.

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Albuquerque was one of two cities in New Mexico to have had electric street railways.

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Albuquerque is served by two airports, the larger of which is Albuquerque International Sunport.

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Albuquerque is the medical hub of New Mexico, hosting numerous medical centers.

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Albuquerque has ten sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International:.

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