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About Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque is the most populous city in the U.S. state of New Mexico. It is the county seat of Bernalillo County, and it is situated in the central part of the state, straddling the Rio Grande. The city population was 555,417 as of the July 1st, 2012 population estimate from the United States Census Bureau, and ranks as the 32nd-largest city in the U.S.. The Albuquerque MSA population includes the city of Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Placitas, Corrales, Los Lunas, Belen, Bosque Farms, and forms part of the larger Albuquerque – Santa Fe – Las Vegas combined statistical area, with a total population of 1,162,777 as of the 2012 Census.
Albuquerque is home to the University of New Mexico (UNM), Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), Kirtland Air Force Base, Sandia National Laboratories, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, and Petroglyph National Monument. One of the major art events in the state is the summertime New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair, a non-profit show exclusively for New Mexico artists. Albuquerque is home to over 300 other visual arts, music, dance, literary, film, ethnic, and craft organizations, museums, festivals and associations. Albuquerque contains a variety of museums, galleries, shops and other points of interest such as The Green Chile roasting. The harvest season begins in August and runs through September. The chile roasting in Albuquerque is something akin to a religion. Other attractions include the Albuquerque Biological Park, Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Museum of Natural History and Science, and Old Town Albuquerque. The Sandia Peak Tramway, located adjacent to Albuquerque is the world’s second-longest passenger aerial tramway. The Balloon Fiesta began in 1972. The climate for Albuquerque gets 15 inches of rain per year. Snowfall is 27 inches. On average, there are 280 sunny days per year in Albuquerque, NM. The July high is around 89 degrees. The January low is 26.