Rio Rancho
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City of Rio Rancho

Rio Rancho Sportsplex
Rio Rancho Sportsplex

Population, 2010: 87,521
Area: 103.9 square miles
Incorporated: 1981
Location: Borders Albuquerque to the northwest

About

The City of Rio Rancho, New Mexico's third largest city, is one of the state's fastest growing cities. In 1981 Intel Corporation completed its first semiconductor fab. Intel subsequently built two more fabrication centers, and completed a major expansion supported by $16-billion dollars in industrial revenue bonds issued by Sandoval County. The company also built Rio Rancho High School. When Rio Rancho celebrated its 30

Major private employers: Intel, Sprint, Bank of America Banking Services, Hewlett Packard

History

 Rio Rancho began in the early 1960s as Rio Rancho Estates, a housing development. By 1980 the community reached nearly 10,000, and its phenomenal growth continued. The city began creating a city center in 2005 with the 6,500-seat performance space which was named "Santa Ana Star Center". This construction was followed by the Rio Rancho City Hall, the combined campus of Central New Mexico Community College and the University of New Mexico.

Demographics

 

2010

2000

Population

87,521

51,765

10-Year Population Growth

69.1%

59.3%

Median Age

34.7

35.1

High School Graduates or higher

93.4%

60.2%

Bachelor's Degree or higher

28.2%

14.4%

Average Commute Time to Work

29.3

66.6

Median Household Income

$59,063

$30,521

Housing Units

33,964

20,209

Single Family Housing Units

89.2%

87.4%

Multi-Family Housing Units

9.2%

10.7%

Mobile Homes & other

1.6%

1.9%

Owner-Occupied Housing Units

78.9%

76.6%

Average Household Size

2.74

2.7

Source: 2010 Decennial Census, American Community Survey 2006-2010.

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Homes in Rio Rancho
Homes in Rio Rancho

Government

Mayor, elected every four years
Six councilors, elected from districts to four-year staggered terms

Utilities

Water: City of Rio Rancho
Source: Ground water
Sewer: City of Rio Rancho
Solid Waste: Private collection and disposal
Electric: Public Service Company of New Mexico
Natural Gas: New Mexico Gas Company
Telephone: CenturyLink

Transportation

Highways: US 550, NM 528
Air: Albuquerque International Sunport; Double Eagle II Airport (general aviation)
Rail, commuter: In Bernalillo and Albuquerque
Transit: Rio Metro; RioTransit, Rio Rancho Paratransit for disabled adults

Education

K-12: Rio Rancho Public School District
Higher education: University of New Mexico-Rio Rancho, Central New Mexico Community College-Rio Rancho, and New Mexico Highlands University branch

 

Amenities

Golf: Championship golf is available at the Rio Rancho Country Club and Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort in nearby Bernalillo.

Museums: The J&R Vintage Auto Museum offers more than 15,000 square feet of display area filled with restored automobiles. And the Intel Museum shows how a computer chip is designed. In neighboring Corrales is Casa San Ysidro, a re-created Spanish colonial hacienda that houses a collection of rare Hispanic New Mexican artifacts.

Resorts: The luxury Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa at Santa Ana Pueblo, near Bernalillo, features 350 rooms, a spa and fitness center, three pools, and horseback riding.

State Monuments: Coronado State Monument, which skirts the nearby Town of Bernalillo, preserves the ruins of the Pueblo of Kuaua. Visitors can take advantage of a museum, a self-guided trail, and gallery showcasing kiva paintings.

Recreation: The City of Rio Rancho has a number of parks, bike paths, open space, and trails throughout the city.

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