Population, 2015: 94,171
Area: 103.9 square miles
Location: Borders Albuquerque to the northwest
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.
Mayor, elected every four years
Six councilors, elected from districts to four-year staggered terms
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
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
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
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.