Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico

Los Ranchos de Albuquerque Village Hall
Los Ranchos de Albuquerque Village Hall

Los Ranchos de Albuquerque is a village located on the east side of the Rio Grande in the North Valley area (across the river from Petroglyph National Monument). Like most of the North Valley area, the village is composed mostly of residential areas of expensive, large, widely-spaced homes, although with Los Ranchos being in the heart of the Rio Grande Bosque, the vegetation can be very dense, especially close to the river.

The area has seen human habitation and cultivation for at least 2,500 years but the location was often flooded by the Rio Grande during heavy spring runoffs. The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District was formed in the mid-1920's to deal with the flooding issues and a large system of ditches, laterals, drains, canals and levees was built. While this provided stimulus for further agricultural development, the ending of World War II brought a population explosion in the Albuquerque Valley and the area of Los Ranchos was ripe for residential development. It was concern over the direction of that development that led the citizens to incorporate the village in 1958.

The original townsite wasn't very big but has since been expanded several times. As the population has more than tripled since 1970, you can assume that considerable open space has been lost to residential developments. However, certain parts of the village still retain the older original Hispanic family plot plan (long narrow lots with access to irrigation supplies at one end and a road at the other). As the land passed from generation to generation, the length of the lots remained the same throughout the various subdivisions, but the width got narrower and narrower...

In keeping with those historic roots, there is still considerable irrigated land under cultivation and many large mammals being raised within the village limits. In spite of the urbanization going on all around Los Ranchos, the villagers are determined to keep that quiet rural atmosphere.

Fast Facts about Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico
Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM 87107, 87114
Latitude: 35.161644°N
Longitude: 106.646432°W
Incorporated: 1958
Elevation: 4,987'
High School or Higher: 87.7%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 47.0%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 23.4%
2011 Cost of Living Index for Los Ranchos: 95.7
2009 Estimates:
Estimated Median Household Income: $46,220
Estimated Median Home Value: $307,350
Median Resident Age: 43.3 Years
Major Industries:
Health Care, Educational Services, Professional Services, Lodging & Food Services, Construction, Retail Services, Government, Finance & Insurance Services, Waste Management Services
Unemployed (March 2011): 8.3%

Population Demographics: 2010

Total Population 6,024
Males 2,888
Females 3,136
Population by Age
Under 18 1,277
18 & over 4,747
20-24 272
25-34 542
35-49 1,090
50-64 1,585
65 & over 1,137
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino 2,525
Non Hispanic or Latino 3,499
Population by Race
White 4,783
African-American 41
Asian 57
Native American 153
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 5
Other 798
Two or more 187