Albuquerque, the Largest City of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico is the largest city in the state. As the county seat in Bernalillo County, it is centrally located in the state and straddles the Rio Grande. With a population of approximately 515,000 it is the 34th biggest city in the United States. Home to Kirtland Air Force Base, the University of New Mexico, and National Laboratories as well as the Petroglyph National Monument, the city has a rich culture. With the Sandia Mountains and the Rio Grande, the city enjoys panoramic vistas.
Founded in the early 1700 by Spanish settlers, it was originally named Rachos de Alburquerque; early Spanish influences are still seen in the modern city. As a farming community, it was also a strategic military post and was built in the style of a traditional Spanish town. A small centrally located plaza was surrounded by homes, a church and various governmental buildings. The original plaza is still in existence and has been preserved and protected as a historic treasure which is still open to the public.
Albuquerque experienced its first real growth boom in the 1920s as travelers of route 66 came upon the city. It quickly became a favored resting place for travelers and the requisite service industry began to grow. Motels, restaurants and other businesses severing travelers quickly developed and grew into a major part of the economy of the city.
Its dry and sunny climate combined with a low humidity defines the area. Sunshine rules the city, and periods of cloudiness are rarely seen. Winters in Alburquerque are very brief but also very extreme with temperatures in the 20’s. The city see sees snowfall on occasion, but it is rare.
Located on an aquifer ‘the underground Lake Superior’ and blessed with a warm and sunny climate, the city is becoming a favorite place for American’s to live. Its tourist industry and many cultural and historical exhibits make Albuquerque a great place to visit.