Things to Know Before Moving to Albuquerque
Founded in: 1706
Population: Approx. 522,000 people
In addition to familiarizing yourself with the complicated spelling of the word Albuquerque, moving to this desert city will require other personal modifications including adjusting to its dramatic temperature shifts, the palpable Hispanic influence on its culture, and the layout of the place. Fortunately, Albuquerque residents are known for being friendly, so you should have no trouble finding a group of locals who can help you with the adjustment.
Still, it can take a while until you've built a social circle there, so having a bit of guidance throughout the transition process can help.
The following Albuquerque moving guide will help you prepare for your move and create realistic expectations for your first days in the city.
Good luck with the move!
Finding Albuquerque Movers
Choosing between different Albuquerque moving companies is no different than choosing movers in any other town; it's a long and nerve-wracking process.
This is because you're unfamiliar with your options and unsure as to which movers will be most reliable.
You can relax slightly, however, knowing that because you're moving to a big city, you'll have a lot of options, and surely find movers who are familiar with the area and equipped to handle your specific needs.
Begin your search by speaking with locals you know, such as coworkers, relatives, and/or students. Get recommendations and names of specific Albuquerque moving companies and confirm their legitimacy with the Better Business Bureau and American Moving & Storage Association. And, of course, don't ignore your gut feeling about any specific Albuquerque moving service companies; chances are you're probably right.
Cost of Living in Albuquerque
A serious benefit of moving to Albuquerque is that the average cost of living in the city is about 4% lower than the national average, and the percentage of unemployed residents is only about 5.50%. This is significantly lower than the national average unemployment rate of 8.50%.
The cost of housing in Albuquerque, however, is surprisingly expensive. A 1 bedroom apartment costs an average of $875/month to rent, and a 3+ bedroom home costs around $2000/month. Interestingly, the average cost of purchasing a home is only $166,000.
Sales tax in Albuquerque is around 5.9%, which is low compared to similarly-sized cities such as Oklahoma City, and significantly lower than the sales tax in Louisville. In addition, the maximum state income tax in New Mexico is only 4.9%.
If you haven't chosen yet the right Albuquerque neighborhood, you'll be happy to know that you have a lot of exciting options. The city is divided into four quadrants, each with its own unique flavor and character. These quadrants are not just hypothetical -- they are actually listed on each resident's mailing address.
The northeast quadrant contains some of the city's wealthiest neighborhoods, as well as some more affordable housing options. This quadrant is also home to the University of New Mexico and some posh shopping centers.
The southeast quadrant is a bit paradoxical as it has some posh residential areas but a higher crime rate than the rest of the city's quadrants. The southeast quadrant houses two large hospitals, Presbyterian Hospital, and the University of New Mexico Hospital. This quadrant is an ideal choice if you're looking to take advantage of Albuquerque's exciting nightlife.
Although the southwest quadrant of Albuquerque has been expanded in recent years, it has traditionally been considered an agricultural area. The quadrant is rich with Hispanic culture and is home to the Rio Grande Zoo.
Lastly, the northwest quadrant is also undergoing considerable residential expansion and is popular because of its proximity to Albuquerque's Double Eagle II Airport, which provides service to commercial airlines. This quadrant is the home of the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park and contains a mix of low-income and middle-income neighborhoods.
Overall, moving to Albuquerque is a great opportunity to experience the southwestern flavor of the United States and take advantage of favorable economic opportunities. Taking time to learn a bit about the city before moving there there will undoubtedly make the acclimation easier and allow you to focus on enjoying its sights and sounds, instead of facing any negative surprises.