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Living a Mountain Lifestyle in Rio Rancho, New_Mexico

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Where to Retire in Rio Rancho and Home Prices

The median home value in Rio Rancho was $245,015 in mid-2012, according to Zillow.

What Is Special about Rio Rancho

It is in the beautiful state of New Mexico near mountains and the big city of Albuquerque. There is a community college.

What Is Not Special about Rio Rancho

You might have to drive down the hill for good shopping and restaurants.  Tends to be more for younger families than retirees.

Climate and Physical Environment

It is located 12 miles from Albuquerque in north central NM. January average temp is in the mid 30s and July avg temp in the mid 70s.  There is typically a few inches of snow per month in winter. The rest of the year is dry.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Restaurant chains are more likely than independents.  Univ of NM has a branch here, and there is also Central New Mexico Community College,.


The crime rate is about 2/3 the national average.

Medical Facilities

The Rust Medical Center is new. Albuquerque has more hospitals and doctors.


There is some bus service. ABQ has the big airport.

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