Rio Rancho


  • Area: 103.9 square miles
  • Incorporated: 1981
  • Location: Borders Albuquerque to the northwest
  • Population, 2015: 94,171
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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 fabrication center. 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.


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


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.



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


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


  • Air: Albuquerque International Sunport; Double Eagle II Airport (general aviation)
  • Highways: U.S. 550, New Mexico State Road 528
  • Rail, commuter: In Bernalillo and Albuquerque
  • Transit: Rio Metro; RioTransit, Rio Rancho Paratransit for disabled adults


  • Higher education: University of New Mexico-Rio Rancho, Central New Mexico Community College-Rio Rancho, and New Mexico Highlands University branch
  • Kindergarten to 12th grade: Rio Rancho Public School District


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