Albuquerque is a growing, dynamic city located close to the center of the state of New Mexico. The city has a population of about 600,000 people, or roughly one third of the population of New Mexico.
Albuquerque's surrounding area is classified as high desert, but the climate is surprisingly varied. The elevation ranges from 4,900 to 6,500 feet as the city stretches from the Rio Grande River to the base of the Sandia Mountains. The humidity averages a very comfortable 43 percent; temperatures rarely reach a high of 100 degrees Farenheit or a low of 0 degrees Farenheit.
In winter, we do get some snow here in the city, but it is almost always melted by the next day. Many days, year around, are clear and sunny, with a view for miles.
The Sandia Mountains rise above Albuquerque to the east to an elevation above 10,600 feet. There is hiking, rock climbing, skiing and other outdoor sports year around in the Sandias, only minutes from Albuquerque. The area offers top rated, nationally recognized golf courses, both public and private.