Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Central Avenue and 5th Street

The flag of Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque (also known by locals as Duke City or ABQ) is the largest city in the state of New Mexico and is the seat of Bernalillo County. It has a population of 559,277 as of 2016, making it the 32nd largest city proper in the United States.

The city was founded as Alburquerque in 1706, and is notable for its mix of European, Hispanic, and Native American populations and cultures. Albuquerque is located on the Río Grande.

Interstate 40 and Interstate 25 meet at an interchange known as the Big I, and U.S. Route 66 used to run through Albuquerque along Central Avenue.

Events held in Albuquerque include:

  • Gathering of Nations, the largest pow-wow in North America
  • Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the largest hot air balloon festival in the world

The popular TV show Breaking Bad was set in Albuquerque between 2008 and 2010.

Climate[change | change source]

Albuquerque's climate is semi-arid. During the summer temperatures average highs in the 80s to 100s in degrees Fahrenheit (30s and 40s in degrees Celsius) and lows in the 60s and 70s ºF (10s and 20s ºC). During the winter temperatures average highs in the 40s and 50s ºF (0s and 10s ºC) and lows in the 20s and 30s ºF (-0s and 0s ºC).