Albuquerque, New Mexico

city and county seat of Bernalillo County, New Mexico, United States and the largest city in the state

Albuquerque (also known by locals as Duke City or ABQ) is the largest city in the state of New Mexico and is the seat of Bernalillo County. It has a population of 564,559 as of 2020, making it the 32nd largest city proper in the United States.

City of Albuquerque
Balloon Fiesta, Downtown Albuquerque Alvarado Center, Sandia Peak Tramway Old Town San Felipe de Neri Church, Rio Grande Bosque
ABQ, Burque, The 505, The Duke City, The Q
Interactive map of Albuquerque
Coordinates: 35°06′39″N 106°36′36″W / 35.11083°N 106.61000°W / 35.11083; -106.61000
CountryUnited States
StateNew Mexico
Founded1706 (as Alburquerque)
Incorporated1891 (as Albuquerque)
Founded byFrancisco Cuervo y Valdés
Named forFrancisco Fernández de la Cueva, Duke of Alburquerque
 • TypeMayor-council government
 • MayorTim Keller (D)
 • City Council
 • State House
 • State Senate
State senators
 • U.S. HouseMelanie Stansbury (D)
Yvette Herrell (R)
 • City188.87 sq mi (489.17 km2)
 • Land187.19 sq mi (484.81 km2)
 • Water1.68 sq mi (4.36 km2)
5,312 ft (1,619.1 m)
 • City564,559
 • Rank32nd in the United States
1st in New Mexico
 • Density3,015.97/sq mi (1,164.50/km2)
 • Metro916,528 (61st)
Burqueño[4][better source needed]
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
ZIP Codes
87101–87125, 87131,
87151, 87153, 87154,
87158, 87174, 87176,
87181, 87184, 87185,
87187, 87190–87199
Area codes505, 575
FIPS code35-02000
GNIS feature ID928679
Primary AirportAlbuquerque International Sunport
ABQ (Major/International)
Secondary AirportDouble Eagle II Airport-
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The city was founded as Alburquerque in 1706, and is notable for its mix of European, Hispanic, and Native American populations and cultures. Albuquerque is located on the Río Grande.

Interstate 40 and Interstate 25 meet at an interchange known as the Big I, and U.S. Route 66 used to run through Albuquerque along Central Avenue.

Events held in Albuquerque include:

  • Gathering of Nations, the largest pow-wow in North America
  • Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the largest hot air balloon festival in the world

The popular TV show Breaking Bad was set in Albuquerque between 2008 and 2010.

Climate change

Albuquerque's climate is semi-arid. During the summer temperatures average highs in the 80s to 100s in degrees Fahrenheit (30s and 40s in degrees Celsius) and lows in the 60s and 70s ºF (10s and 20s ºC). During the winter temperatures average highs in the 40s and 50s ºF (0s and 10s ºC) and lows in the 20s and 30s ºF (-0s and 0s ºC).

References change

  1. "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  2. "QuickFacts: Albuquerque city, New Mexico". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  3. "2020 Population and Housing State Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  4. "ABQ Trolley Co. – BURQUEÑOS". March 20, 2009. Archived from the original on May 15, 2012. Retrieved February 18, 2012.