Albuquerque Metropolitan Area
(top-to-bottom, left-to-right) Panorama of the city of Albuquerque; San Felipe de Neri Church in Old Town Albuquerque; Downtown Albuquerque; Fred Harvey Company Harvey House museum in Belen; Moriarty municipal; Los Lunas; Intel Fab 11x in Rio Rancho; village hall in Los Ranchos; Rio Grande Bosque near Bernalillo; U.S. Route 66 in New Mexico; panorama from the Sandia Mountains peak
|Statistical Area||Albuquerque-Santa Fe-Las Vegas, NM Combined Statistical Area|
|• Total||9,297 sq mi (24,080 km2)|
|5,312 ft (1,619 m)|
(Sandia Mountains Crest)
|10,678 ft (3,255 m)|
|Lowest elevation||4,767 ft (1,453 m)|
|• Density||95/sq mi (37/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−7 (Mountain Time Zone)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−6 (Mountain Daylight Time)|
The Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area, sometimes referred to as Tiguex (named after the Southern Tiwa), is a metropolitan area in central New Mexico centered on the city of Albuquerque. The metro comprises four counties: Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, and Valencia. As of the 2010 United States Census, the MSA had a population of 887,077. The population is estimated to be 923,630 as of July 1, 2020, making Greater Albuquerque the 61st-largest MSA in the nation. The Albuquerque MSA forms a part of the larger Albuquerque–Santa Fe–Las Vegas combined statistical area with a 2020 estimated population of 1,165,181, ranked 49th-largest in the country.
It was the center of the Aztec legend of the Seven Cities of Gold, sometimes called the "cities of Cibola". The Tiguex Province of Santa Fe de Nuevo México was named after the Southern Tiwa speaking Puebloans in the area, they inhabited the area along with the Jemez and Keres people. The area between Bernalillo and Corrales was being farmed for sacramental wine since 1620, which started the New Mexico wine heritage. Following this early wine industry several Spanish towns were founded, including Barelas in 1662 and Bernalillo in 1695. The main city, Albuquerque, was founded on 1706 as La Villa de Alburquerque as the trade center for the region. During the 19th century, Nuevo México and its Tiguex Province were acquired by the United States as a part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Becoming the New Mexico Territory it became a prominent aspect of the American frontier during the 19th century, being highlighted in Western fiction with Billy the Kid, Elfego Baca, and Geronimo becoming lasting icons in later adaption to film. In the 20th century New Mexico gained statehood, and since then trade in the region grew due to growth in technology, media, and agriculture sectors, driven by the New Mexico Technology Corridor, media in Albuquerque, and New Mexican cuisine.
Neighboring Laguna Pueblo borders the metropolitan area, and part of its boundaries are included the metropolitan population. Most notably the area surrounding Route 66 Resort and Casino.
Mesa del Sol in Albuquerque and Santolina on the West Mesa in rural Bernalillo County are planned for 100,000 inhabitants each and are New Mexico's largest such planned developments.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 887,077 people, 347,366 households, and 222,811 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 49.63% White, 2.68% African American, 5.86% Native American, 2.02% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 15.40% from one other race, and 4.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 46.70% of the population.
The median income for a household in the MSA was $47,383 and the median income for a family was $59,158. Males had a median income of $31,486 versus $20,497 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $25,044.
According to 2014-2018 census data, 89.7% of the population was a high school graduate or higher, and 34.7% had a bachelor's degree or higher.
Albuquerque MSA Estimated Employment (August 2006)
|Source: New Mexico Department of Labor |