New Mexico’s largest city has a population of more than half a million people and continues to experience consistent growth. If you include the metropolitan area, the population approaches one million. Albuquerque is currently the 32nd-largest city in the United States.
As a hub for industry, education, transportation, filmmaking, and area military bases, Albuquerque draws people from diverse backgrounds. This diversity helps create Albuquerque’s interesting culture, with a population made up of people of Hispanic, Native American, African American, Asian, and European descent. Albuquerque has one of the highest percentages of Hispanic or Latino residents in the country. In addition, almost 5 percent of the Albuquerque population identifies as Native American.
According to the 2020 U.S. Census, 91 percent of residents were high school graduates or higher, which is slightly above the national average. More than 36 percent of residents had a bachelor’s degree or higher. Albuquerque is home to several colleges and universities, most notably the University of New Mexico.
The median household income from 2016 – 2020 was $53,936.
Albuquerque’s population is relatively young, with 25 percent of the population under the age of 18 and only about 10 percent over the age of 65. Factors such as higher education opportunities, excellent outdoor recreation, and a strong job market draw younger residents to the city.
The vibrant city has a lot to offer, so it’s no surprise that Albuquerque has become one of the most popular destinations in the southwestern United States.