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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
City
Aerial view of suburban Rio Rancho
Aerial view of suburban Rio Rancho
Official seal of Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Seal
Nickname(s): "The City of Vision"
Location in New Mexico
Location in New Mexico
Country United States
State New Mexico
Counties Sandoval, Bernalillo
Founded 1961
Incorporated 1981
Area
 • City 103.7 sq mi (268.5 km2)
 • Land 103.4 sq mi (267.7 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
Elevation 5,282 ft (1,610 m)
Population (2010)
 • City 87,521
 • Estimate (2012) 90,818
 • Density 847/sq mi (327.0/km2)
 • Metro 907,755 (MSA)
Time zone Mountain (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) Mountain (UTC-6)
ZIP codes 87124, 87144, 87174
Area code(s) 505
FIPS code 35-63460
GNIS feature ID 1699884
Website www.ci.rio-rancho.nm.us

Rio Rancho (Spanish: Río Rancho) is the largest city and economic hub of Sandoval County in the U.S. state of New Mexico. A small portion of the city extends into northern Bernalillo County. It is the third-largest and also one of the fastest expanding cities in New Mexico. As of the 2010 census, Rio Rancho had a population of 93,820.

Rio Rancho is part of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

RIO RANCHO ESTATES SUBDIVISION - NARA - 545347
Rio Rancho Estates in 1970

The Rio Rancho area was originally part of the Alameda Grant, which was founded by the Spanish in 1710. By the early 20th century, much of the land grant had been sold to land investment companies. Amrep Corporation purchased 55,000 acres (22,000 ha) in 1961 and turned the land into a housing development called "Rio Rancho Estates", with the first families moving in the early 1960s. Most of these early residents were New Yorkers, as the developers advertised heavily in New York media. The population grew ten-fold between 1970 and 1980, and the City of Rio Rancho was incorporated in 1981. The opening of a large Intel Corporation plant in 1981 had a major economic impact on the city.

Since the 1990s, Rio Rancho has taken steps to become more independent from neighboring Albuquerque, including the establishment of separate school and library systems and attempts to attract businesses to the area. The city's latest project is the Downtown City Centre development that includes a new city hall building, a new University of New Mexico West and Central New Mexico Community College campus, as well as the Santa Ana Star Center. The arena opened in October 2006. City Hall opened in September 2007.

Demographics

Rio Rancho Population Growth
Census data and expectations
Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 9,985
1990 32,551 226.0%
2000 51,765 59.0%
2010 87,521 69.1%
Est. 2015 94,171 7.6%
Sources: 1980–2000

Of 18,995 households, 40.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.4% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.7% were not families; 20.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the city, the population was distributed as 29.2% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males.

The median income for city was $47,169, and for a family was $52,233. Males had a median income of $39,162 versus $27,385 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,322. About 3.7% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.1% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.

Hispanics or Latinos of any race made up 37.74% of the city’s population.

Geography

Rio Rancho is located at 35°17'10" North, 106°40'14" West (35.286185, -106.670660). It lies in the Albuquerque Basin to the west of the Rio Grande, which bounds the northeast corner of the city. An escarpment lies to the west of the city limit.

Rio Rancho is bordered by Albuquerque to the south, the Santa Ana Indian Reservation to the north, and Bernalillo and Corrales to the east.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 103.7 sq mi (268.5 km2), of which 103.4 square miles (267.7 km2) is land and 0.31 sq mi (0.8 km2), or 0.31%, is covered by water.

Climate

Rio Rancho is in an arid climate.

Climate data for Rio Rancho, New Mexico (1981–2010 normals)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 74
(23.3)
82
(27.8)
90
(32.2)
94
(34.4)
107
(41.7)
108
(42.2)
111
(43.9)
106
(41.1)
102
(38.9)
95
(35)
83
(28.3)
75
(23.9)
111
(43.9)
Average high °F (°C) 53
(11.7)
59
(15)
67
(19.4)
76
(24.4)
85
(29.4)
94
(34.4)
96
(35.6)
93
(33.9)
87
(30.6)
76
(24.4)
62
(16.7)
53
(11.7)
75.1
(23.94)
Average low °F (°C) 30
(-1.1)
34
(1.1)
39
(3.9)
45
(7.2)
53
(11.7)
61
(16.1)
68
(20)
68
(20)
59
(15)
47
(8.3)
37
(2.8)
30
(-1.1)
47.6
(8.66)
Record low °F (°C) 5
(-15)
8
(-13.3)
18
(-7.8)
26
(-3.3)
37
(2.8)
46
(7.8)
51
(10.6)
49
(9.4)
41
(5)
23
(-5)
17
(-8.3)
4
(-15.6)
4
(-15.6)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.33
(8.4)
0.38
(9.7)
0.65
(16.5)
0.50
(12.7)
0.49
(12.4)
0.58
(14.7)
1.26
(32)
1.72
(43.7)
0.99
(25.1)
0.95
(24.1)
0.58
(14.7)
0.47
(11.9)
8.90
(226.1)
Source: Weather Channel

Transportation

Albuquerque's transit department, ABQ RIDE, operates a bus route (251 Albuquerque-Rio Rancho Rail Runner Connection) connecting Rio Rancho with the New Mexico Rail Runner Express station at Journal Center.

In late January 2011, ABQ RIDE extended two additional routes (96 Crosstown Commuter and 155 Coors Blvd), and introduced an additional route (551 Jefferson/Paseo Del Norte Express) into Rio Rancho. The northern terminus of these routes is at Southern Blvd and Unser Blvd.

The Rio Metro Regional Transportation District operates Rio Transit, a door-to-door paratransit service for senior citizens 55 years of age and older, and disabled adults 18 years of age and older, for residents of Rio Rancho. The service is operated out of the Meadowlark Senior Center, and provides service Monday-Friday from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm. Riders must register with the service prior to using it. Rio Metro RTD also operates a commuter bus route serving the Enchanted Hills neighborhood in Rio Rancho. This service connects residents of Enchanted Hills to the US 550 New Mexico Rail Runner station and provides service during the morning and evening commutes. Rio Metro Bus connections are available at the US 550 Rail Runner station for Zia Pueblo, San Ysidro, Canon, and Jemez Springs. A Rio Metro commuter bus route provides service to and from the Cuba NM area, with a Park and Ride designated at Home Depot, which is located near the corner of NM 528, NM 550. Rio Metro's website and schedules may be viewed at: www.riometro.org

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