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10 Reasons Why Albuquerque is an Awesome Place if You're Under 35

By AmyMurphy 12/16/2013

Albuquerque News

Recently, Albuquerque has been receiving a lot of positive media attention as a great city for the young and it's about time. In no particular order, here's ten reasons why our city is so completely awesome if you're under thirty-five.  

Nature Lovers' Paradise

In a city that is 28% parkland, Burquenos can hike in the Sandia Mountains, cycle along the Paseo del Bosque, or if you’re like me and exercise really isn’t your thing, you can always enjoy the 310 days of sunshine by kicking back in the Botanical Gardens.

Plenty of Beer to Go Around

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If you’re a craft beer enthusiast, you won’t be disappointed with Albuquerque’s unique brewing scene. Click here for a list of Albuquerque breweries and brew pubs. 

Affordable Housing

In these hard financial times, it's actually possible to afford living in Albuquerque whether you're buying a home or renting an apartment. According to Zillow, a two bedroom, one bath, 800 sqft apartment in Albuquerque can cost as little as $575. To put things in perspective, a Los Angeles apartment of the same standards rents for a minimum of $1300. 


Albuquerque is famous for its annual Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, but there are many other festivals that take place throughout the year in the city from The Gathering of Nations to New Mexico Brew Festival.  

Lobo Community

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University of New Mexico is affordable and makes up a large portion of the city’s youthful population with 27,278 students enrolled. Additionally, the many graduate programs are great for continuing your education with UNM's School of Medicine ranking 28th in the nation and the Clinical Training program at the School of Law ranking 7th. Everybody's a Lobo, Woof Woof Woof!

Gas is Moderately Affordable

Currently in Albuquerque, gas prices average in the $2.90 range, well below the national average of $3.23

Night life

Let’s be honest, Albuquerque isn’t always the most happening city. However, it does have a good range of options for going out with each area of town having a distinct flavor. Hit up the nightclubs downtown, cruise the trendy bars along Nob Hill, or check out the new restaurants popping up in the heights. 

Centrally Located

Due to its central location in the state, Albuquerque is home to many major state events like the New Mexico State Fair and International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. 

Movie Industry

It’s no secret that Breaking Bad has brought a lot of attention to Albuquerque, but the film industry has been booming for years, steadily increasing Albuquerque's economy. That means there’s not only a real possibility of celebrity sightings around the city but more work opportunities for Burquenos too, which is pretty cool. 

We Have A Future

Recently, FDI Intelligence ranked Albuquerque 9th in the Overall Top 10 Mid-Sized American Cities Of The Future 2013/14. The ranking is based on economic potential, human resources, cost effectiveness, infrastructure, and business friendliness.