Is it safe to stay in downtown Albuquerque?
Generally safe downtown. It is not rundown and is actually being revitalized. It can be quiet at night downtown except for Central Ave. On one end of Central near Alvarado transportation hub is 14 screen theater and some choices for restaurants.
Which part of Albuquerque is the safest?
Heritage East. Heritage East stretches from Redmont to Paseo del Norte and Ventura to Holbrook. Vista Del Mundo. Tanoan East. Quaker Heights Road. Lousiana and Indian School. Skyview Acres. North Valley. Peppertree-Royal Oak.
Is it better to stay in Albuquerque or Santa Fe?
Albuquerque is going to be your cheaper bet for hotel stay. You might as well get more room for your buck. Santa Fe is a quick drive anyway, just get a hotel on the north side of Albuquerque or at least decently close to I-25. For restaurants, you can do some of the better known tourist places.
There is virtually no crime in this area.
Albuquerque also struggles with one of the highest violent crime rates in the country. There were 1,117 violent crimes reported in 2016 per 100,000 city residents, the most of any major city in New Mexico and nearly three times the national rate of 386 incidents per 100,000 Americans.
Albuquerque is the 28th most walkable large city in the US with a Walk Score of 42.
Crime rates in the area are a little concerningly high, but that's pretty across all of Albuquerque, not just exclusive to Nob Hill. Cost of living in houses is much cheaper and more realistic than the many condos and luxury studios in the area. This is probably the best place I've lived in my whole life.
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Taos is glorious scenery, but Santa Fe is pretty scenic too, and as the state capitol, is much larger with more things to do. For girls of their ages, the History Museum and the Folk Art Museum will be a good fit, as will Rancho de las Golondrinas.
The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Rio Rancho is 1 in 57. Based on FBI crime data, Rio Rancho is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to New Mexico, Rio Rancho has a crime rate that is higher than 60% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.
Extremely safe. Night or day, it's a very safe place.