Albuquerque, N.M.

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Albuquerque is more than home to the International Balloon Fiesta. This bustling desert town is located west of the Sandia Mountains. Locals are happy to share their history and must-try restaurants. Demographically, New Mexico’s largest city has a population that is both well-educated and extremely diverse. University of New Mexico students enjoy a culturally enriched art and entertainment scene and amazing Mexican food. However, labor markets for those coming out of school are less than ideal, with youth unemployment in the double digits and lower than average labor-force participation.

#16 Albuquerque, N.M.

POPULATION: 905,012
STUDENTS: 78,990
RANKING DETAIL:
#17 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#3 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#15 CITY ACCESS
#10 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#16 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#19 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#19 LABOR FORCE
#9 INNOVATION
#4 RENT

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