Parents living in the Albuquerque metro areas will be pleased to know that their children’s educational needs will be served by the schools in the Albuquerque Public Schools district. Encompassing a total of 131 schools (this includes elementary, middle, high, alternative and charter schools), the district has a current enrollment of over 89,000 students and is one of the largest districts in the country. Albuquerque also supports several nationally known private and parochial school, including The Albuquerque Academy.
For high school graduates and adult learners looking to obtain a degree in higher education, the City of Albuquerque is home to a number of prestigious learning institutions such as the University of New Mexico, College of Santa Fe-Albuquerque, The Art Center Design College, National American University, Central New Mexico Community College, Trinity Southwest University, among others.
Economy & Job Market
As the central business district of Albuquerque, Downtown Albuquerque is home to a number of the city’s high-rise buildings and is also the center of business and government in the region. Lying in the center of the New Mexico Technology Corridor, Albuquerque is home to many high-tech public and private companies, government institutions, financial, healthcare, and insurance offices. Residents living in Downtown Albuquerque live in an area where the economy is strong and the work force is abundant. In fact, Forbes Magazine has ranked the City of Albuquerque as one of “The Nation’s Best Cities for Business and Careers” and the 13th best metropolitan area in 2008. Large employers that contribute to the overall economy of Albuquerque include General Mills, GE, TempurPedic, Intel, Sandia National Laboratories, Northrop Grumman, and Kirtland Air Force Base.
Attractions & Points of Interest
Newcomers and visitors to the Downtown Albuquerque area, which is roughly sectioned off as the areas between Marble Avenue, Coal Avenue, Seventh Street, and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks, will want to know that the area features six different districts: Courthouse District, Warehouse District, Plaza District, Arts and Entertainment District, Transportation Center District, and Casa District. Though not officially a downtown district, residents recognize East Downtown (EDo to the locals), as part of the districts that make up Downtown. Anchoring the district is the Old Albuquerque High School campus, which is now a residential complex. While each district is characterized with its own landmarks, visitors will most likely want to gravitate toward the Plaza District and the Arts and Entertainment District.
The Plaza District is located in the central area of Downtown Albuquerque and includes many of the city’s larger offices, such as the Convention Center, Albuquerque Plaza, the Albuquerque City-County Building, the Compass Bank Building, the Main Library of the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System, and the Albuquerque Petroleum Building.
The Arts and Entertainment District is a vibrant area filled with cafes, music venues and a happening night life and social scene. Located along Central Avenue and Gold Avenue just east of First Street, this district is home to a number of historic buildings, an eclectic selection of shops and boutiques, and fine eateries. Theatre patrons will want to visit the Pueblo Deco-style KiMo Theatre, a vaudeville and movie theatre that serves as an exhibit space for live theatre and the performing arts. Theatre lovers can also check out the City’s Kiva Auditorium, the Little Theatre Playhouse, the Roy E. Disney Center for the Performing Arts at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the South Broadway Cultural Center, and the Cell Black Box Theatre.
Other areas of interest that newcomers, visitors, and even residents may want to check out include the 64-acre Rio Grande Zoological Park, the Albuquerque Aquarium, Rio Grande Botanic Gardens, Tingley Beach, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and Historic Old Town. Or, if you’re more of a history buff, set some time aside and take a tour of Downtown’s historic buildings, such as the Occidental Life Building, Old Post Office, Simms Building, Southwestern Brewing & Ice Company, and even the KiMo Theatre.
Parks & Recreation
Residents interested in playing a round of golf will want to check out the Albuquerque County Club. Located in the southwestern section of Downtown Albuquerque, this members-only country club features an 18-hole course, putting and chipping greens, a driving range, onsite banquet facilities and dining areas, a clubhouse, fitness facilities, tennis courts, and a swimming pool.
Downtown Albuquerque residents have access to 25 city parks in addition to the San Gabriel State Park and the Cibola National Forest, which is on the eastern edge of the city.
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