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Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque

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Population, 2015: 6,063
Area: 4.34 square miles
Incorporated: 1958
Location: Borders Albuquerque on north

About

Los Ranchos de Albuquerque strives to preserve a rural atmosphere on the edge of the City of Albuquerque. Commercial development can be found primarily along Fourth Street, which was originally part of the historic El Camino Real and then later became a stretch of the famed Route 66.

History

Los Ranchos was part of the 70,000-acre Elena Gallegos Land Grant awarded in 1694 to colonists by early Spanish authorities. Los Ranchos, a farming community, was the grant's largest settlement. It was the Bernalillo County seat from 1850 to 1854. In the 1920's, agriculture was waning, exacerbated by recurrent flooding and poor drainage. After the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District was organized in 1926, a system of levees, ditches, laterals, drains and canals halted flooding and made available new acreage for development. As Albuquerque grew, some of its population spilled into Los Ranchos.

Demographics

Los Ranchos 2010-2015 Population Graph

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Government

Mayor, elected every four years
Four trustees, elected at large to four-year staggered terms

Utilities

Water: City of Albuquerque
Source: Ground and surface water
Sewer: City of Albuquerque
Solid Waste: Private collection and landfill services
Electric: Public Service Company of New Mexico
Natural Gas: New Mexico Gas Company
Telephone: CenturyLink

Transportation:

  • Interstate highways: I-25 (north-south) and I-40 (east-west)
  • Air: Albuquerque International Sunport, passenger and freight
  • General aviation: Double Eagle II Airport
  • Rail, passenger: Amtrak
  • Commuter: New Mexico Rail Runner Express, Belen to Santa Fe
  • Freight: Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railroad
  • Transit: ABQ Ride

Education

K-12: Albuquerque Public School District and private schools
Higher education: University of New Mexico, Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), and private schools

Amenities

Los Ranchos enjoys all of Albuquerque's amenities and offers some of its own:

  • Recreation: Miles of trails, both dirt and asphalt, along the Rio Grande attract walkers, joggers, bicyclists and roller-blade enthusiasts. There are also trails along irrigation ditches that pass through scenic neighborhoods. A jogging path is in Hartnett Park, next to the Village Hall.
  • Horseback Riding: Horses are allowed on trails and roadways in the village, and there are several stables and riding schools nearby.
  • Museums: Unser Racing Museum features cars and memorabilia of the famous Unser racing family.
  • Fishing: The Rio Grande is stocked several times a year by the New Mexico Department of Fish and Game.

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809 Copper Avenue, NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 505-247-1750
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