See this well-researched ranking of “Best Places to Live in Every State“ by MONEY magazine and guess who came in First for New Mexico! Rio Rancho.
Among the criteria were populations between 10,000 and 100,000. The greatest weight was on economic health, cost-of-living factors, and public-school performance.
Per the story:
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Projected Job Growth: 8.18%
Median Household Income: $58,982
The third largest city in New Mexico, Rio Rancho boasts a scenic desert landscape with picturesque views of the Sandia Mountains. It has increasingly emerged as an alternative to nearby Albuquerque, with an excellent school system and status as one of the safest places to live in New Mexico. The city’s largest employer is Intel, which has a plant located here.