How Safe Is Albuquerque for Travel?

Albuquerque, United States
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Albuquerque the largest city in New Mexico; it is, actually, a large, high desert metropolis, often overshadowed by Santa Fe lying in the north.

Albuquerque has a lot of things to offer like amazing scenery, rich history, and even a magical hot-air balloon fiesta in the fall.

Also, it’s often forgotten or overlooked, but Albuquerque has vibrant arts and cultural attraction scene.

The BioPark, Aquarium, and Zoo are nationally recognized, and the annual International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is amazing and is one of those events, like the Grand Canyon, that simply must be experienced in person to understand and appreciate.

Warnings & Dangers in Albuquerque

Overall Risk


When compared to nearly all other American cities, Albuquerque has an extremely high crime rate, so no - it cannot be considered a safe city. Use caution on the streets of this city both when it comes to petty crime and violent crime.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Albuquerque is ranked highest in the nation for auto theft. If you need to stop mid-drive for any reason, always secure your vehicle with an anti-theft device. Never leave valuables unattended in your vehicle.

Pickpockets Risk


Pickpockets do operate in Albuquerque and tourists are commonly the victims of pickpocketing or bag snatching. Be careful in crowded places such as bus and train stations and keep your valuables in your accommodation.

Natural Disasters Risk


When outdoors, always use a lot of sunscreens. The elevation of the city is 5000 ft or higher, so you can get a bad sunburn very fast. Albuquerque also has a somewhat higher lightning risk during thunderstorms.

Mugging Risk


You should be careful when it comes to violent crime in Albuquerque. Even though they mostly have nothing to do with tourists, but there have been some kidnappings involving foreigners. Traveling in groups is recommended in the city.

Terrorism Risk


Excluding isolated mass shootings, Albuquerque hasn't been the target of any terrorist attacks recently, but the attacks shouldn't be ruled out. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Scams Risk


Scams exist in Albuquerque and you should use your wits while in this city. Double-check your change, never pay anything upfront and negotiate everything in advance. Be very careful around ATMs and be wary of people trying to distract you.

Women Travelers Risk


Albuquerque isn't dangerous for women particularly, but it is advised for tourists in general, regardless of their sex, not to roam around unaccompanied by someone who knows the safe and unsafe parts of the country.

So... How Safe Is Albuquerque Really?

There are plenty of great things about Albuquerque, but they are overshadowed by the bad.

There’s a lot of poverty, the school system is poorly rated, and wages are low.

This combination of factors leads to a high level of crime, with auto theft and burglary being serious problems throughout the city.

Albuquerque is number 1 in the nation for auto theft, with an incident where even a truck was stolen while the crew was out reporting on crime.

The police are so short-staffed, that it is common practice for drivers to completely ignore all traffic laws because everyone knows that the likelihood of being pulled over is null.

The biggest problem in Albuquerque, however, is the random crime.

It consistently ranks in the top 10 nationwide for various classes of crime, although generally, property crime outranks violent crime in the city.

Albuquerque also has one of the largest interstate traffic interchanges in the Southwest where I-25 and I-40 meet: and, like any other commodity, drugs follow the highway.

The bad neighborhoods are mostly in the southeast and southwest; the south valley is the worst for gang activity.

Violent crime is mainly confined to a few small areas, as in most cities where it exists.

Useful Information

  • Visas - The US is famous for its harsh policy for acquiring a tourist, let alone a resident visa. The US embassies usually ask for interviews before granting tourist visas, and tourists usually have to pay up to 160 USD to get a visa. If you are not sure about your visa status, contact your local US embassy for further information.
  • Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency in Albuquerque. Credit and debit cards are accepted nearly everywhere, and ATMs are widely available. The prices vary but you can plan on spending about 100 dollars per day.
  • Weather - Albuquerque, a mentioned, is in the high desert and has a generally warm and dry climate characterized by sunny and windy springs, and somewhat chilly nights. Summers are very hot and dry.
  • Airports - Albuquerque International Sunport is an international airport located 5 km southeast of downtown Albuquerque, in Bernalillo County, New Mexico.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Albuquerque, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Albuquerque Weather Averages (Temperatures)

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64 Reviews on Albuquerque

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    Ron Walker says:

    The Albuquerque review is 100% incorrect. Not sure why.

    1. Albuquerque is dangerous but New York City is safe? Whoever made this was either paid or out of touch.

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        Ur du** as f*** Sara says:

        Or just joking

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          Anonymous says:

          Must be from Burque

      2. IT STINKS!


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          Dallas Hawkes says:

          Pros cons and dramatizations

          BS THE TRUTH IS THAT NM that Albuquerque is one the most diverse cities in the United states where minorities are the majorities ot also has a large native American population it shares boarders with about 3 different reservation sthat in itself has been plagued poverty abuse and exploitation. Albuquerque also is compassionate city that takes on the homeless from other states also it has historically been refuge for people one these times actually lead to have such a high crime . Lets travle back time and see where more of Albuquerque crime comes from . One biggest contributor was fidal castor in the 80s i know weird right this has been confirmed by 2 lawyers 2 politicians and many real estate agents and basically everyone that know anything about this city.Fidal castro i believe in the late 80s open all the prisons of Cuba many of these prisoners were thought to have been politcal prisoners because of course Castro was a evil communist but actually they werent a lot of them were actually at the time rapists murders and thiefs and bad people and maybe some political prisoners well during this time the USA wanted to help them and mainly the catholic church so they sot refuge with the catholic church and they brought these criminals here and thats begin the huge gang wars of the 90s people with no skills and didn’t know english with propensity to break the law were shoved into what we call the warzone anything east san mateo until like eubank and south of lomas roughly the heart being anything around trumbal park. So these criminals hooked up with Mexican cartels and then hooked up with California cartels then viola high crime. South valley has its own orgin story which i do not know . People flock to Albuquerque because we have great weather especially to be homeless in it is artery to the United states with old route 66 . What tou don’t is i live in the warzone and it is not that bad. Albuquerque also has a ton of natural beauty and was voted most affordable place to have vacation. It is the athesis of communistic it has such a importance on religious freedom and culture here it rich tapestry of many faiths and thoughts. Under lujan Grisham we have had one the best run vaccination program in the USA. Understand bill Bill Gates built Microsoft we had intel we have sandia labs we incredibly diverse thinkers as well. The person who said this is Republican troll that says the same thing in many different forms. Let me also verify some the true things it is not uncommon to see passed out homeless people on the side walk. Like i said we take in more then what we can afford and winters are tolerable and their is huge chairty here. Let me also add are homeless beggars are some of the nicest homeless and thankful people you ever gonna meet, when you say no they tell you god bless you thank you . I went to DC and women asked my brother for some money he gave her a quarter and she said what could i get with a quarter dammit i need a dollar, you will Never see that in Albuquerque i have given a homless perosn a penny and they thanked me and was appreciative. Yes you shouldn’t go walking east of San Mateo and central at night but you are very safe in nob hill and by the university where all the fun stuff is and the east mountains are untouched gem none of this crime applies to the tijers canyon and the east mountains and four hills. There is actually very few places you should avoid international district at night south Valley at night if you dont know it well its easy to get lost. Other than that walk run stop at red lights with ease Albuquerque really love tourist’s and bemused when people think we are part of mexico. Go on are tram do are trials stay in are 5 star hotels for a 2 star price. Visit the rio grande and old time we are like Santa fe but more affordable and have parking and way beyyer places to eat at better prices thank you .

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          Anonymous says:

          Why is that?! It is dangerous but its worse than dangerous

    2. They’re not gonna mention that the cartel runs this city lol..

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        Venae Warner says:

        Albuquerque is safe.

        Wow I have been living here for 12 years. The description given here sounds unrealistic. I live in Old Town, right next to downtown. The only crime I have experienced is getting my bikes stolen out of my backyard. We didn’t have a gate. There is crime but its more likely to be non violent crime. Stolen Cars, and petty thieves. You are perfectly safe to walk on the streets during the day, and a few neighborhoods that I would’t walk down at night. But doesn’t every city have a neighborhood like that? I don’t know what experience the writer had in Albuquerque, but its 98% incorrect.
        If the cartel runs this city, they certainly keep it on the down low. No evidence of that in my life here.

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          Penny Wolf says:

          Have lived here for nine years and have had the same experience as Venae. Statistically, we do have a lot of property crime. But I have never felt unsafe walking in any area of this city. I would avoid Southeast because of gangs. But every city has a “bad” area. And I’ve actually delivered for Meals on Wheels in Southeast and had NO trouble. I’ve had nothing stolen in 9 years. No break-ins, have not been the victim of any crime. So, I know it’s out there but I think, like most large cities, the victims of violent crime tend to know one another. Instead of writing this bullshit, the person should actually visit the city.

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          Michael says:


          You really need to watch the local news.

          1. You need to stop watching local news

          2. I’ve been there a hundered or so times and never had to use my gun once while I was there. Bloomfield is a lot more dangerous of a town.

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          Graz Bail says:

          Disgusting place to live

          Totally wrong. They are ABSOLUTELY correct. God, I’m more than glad I moved out of the shithole.

          1. Why would you give a 5 star rating then?

        4. Don’t miss out on a visit to NM!

          I am proud to be a citizen of Albuquerque/Corrales. I am aware that there is auto theft and we are high for murders; however, if you look at those statistics closely, the murders are mostly bad guys on other bad guys. I’ve traveled all around the world – I use common sense and situational awareness to keep myself safe. This review is very disappointing as I’m sure it will deter visitors to our beautiful, multicultural, interesting and historically rich state.

        5. moved here in 1948. LOTS bigger but i am still NOT afraid to walk around the block any time.

        6. Not bad at all

          I live here 15 years — 2 bikes stolen (the first one was my fault left it on the bike ramp for 2 days unlocked), broken window in the car (my fault left it next to the Zuni area) — purse stolen, some toys left unattended on the sidewalk — nothing else. I live not in the best city area — it’s OK, but nothing special. I can walk around neighborhood any time. Also, I drive through the most dangerous part of the city at least several times a week (during the night as well) — nothing terrible, just ugly dirty place (but NY, Boston, SF, LA all have places worse than that

        7. Venea, you must never travel west of Tramway or south of Paseo del Norte. Burque has not been safe since the 90’s

          If you travel here, be aware of your surroundings at all times.

    3. ABQ is safe and unique

      Albuquerque is a safe city. Of course there’s bad parts. But it’s a small city so the bad parts are small as well. And trust me no tourist will stop in the bad part of town to walk around. First off there’s nothing there to do and secondly it doesn’t look that nice and you can instantly tell you’re in a bad part of town. The bad parts of town are along Central Avenue from about Eubank to San Mateo. But it’s no different than walking in Manhattan if you walk around there

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    Atlean Martin-Holloman says:


    I suggest from my reading the information listed here: Research your visits, Ask questions, Network, with others, and Always Pray for guidance; Protection, wherever you go!
    Remarks By: A. M. Holloman

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    Trish Logan says:

    Albuquerque is wonderful!!!

    I live in Albuquerque, but hike at the Rinconada Canyon Trail, which is a popular tourist attraction. I make it a point to talk to tourists, and always hear glowing reports of their stays in Albuquerque. They comment on the friendliness of the people, the wonderful food, and the interesting things to do here. Everywhere you visit has challenges, and you need to be sensibly vigilant, but Albuquerque is a great place to visit.

  4. Not Accurate!!

    Natural disasters?? No hurricanes,no tornadoes , no earthquakes , no flooding,
    So lightening is a problem? Stay out of the weather!!! The sun ? They have it in Florida as well. Use common sense, you’ll be fine!!

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    Deidre Mengedoht says:

    god help us all

    Everything here is completely true Albuquerque is the devil’s realm on our holy earth. Avoid this hellscape by all means. The local government has completely capitulated and aides terrorism to neighboring North Dakota. I will destroy them.

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      Ernesto G says:

      On my way to Denver Co

      Nah, I just love how not only food it’s great, but driving in and out of the City and neighborhood is another thing, I’m saying is very low traffic, exception of (rush hour)
      7 am -9:30 am
      And in the evening same 4-6:30
      Also ppl not in a hurry, it’s just not in their every day life, places to visit are not that many, but it is worth visiting
      (Just avoid casinos)
      Try Old Town
      Also the wonderful Mesa (coming from the East towards the west)
      In the evening is so nice , specially Spring and Fall.

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      Nm resident says:


      Since when do we neighbor North Dakota??

      1. Geographically challenged

        Exactly! Clearly a nonsense reply.

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    A customer says:


    The Pizza which is sold at the Hut on Lomas is a truly wretched place. There was no greater fear for my safety nor that of my cabbage patch dolls hidden in the truck of my 95’ Chevy Camaro. I have never wanted more in my life to contract the black plague than during my time in Albuquerque. If I ever see a Hut of the pizza I will wrap my limited edition hello-kitty Backpack chain around it’s slimy corporate neck and strangle it like Princess Leia in Star Wars. There is something truly depraved happening in this God Forsaken place. BE WARNED! That being said the homeless man I met was very polite and even helped to carry some of my bags. Unfortunately I haven’t found the luggage depot which he had said I could find my bags at following the complimentary bag polish.
    A Customer has spoken!

  7. Good fiction for those who really get into Breaking Bad!!

    Albuquerque crime, doesn’t seem as bad as other cities I’ve visited, including here in Chicago. I think the review that Albuquerque has one of the highest crime rates in the country and is unsafe, is really a crock.

    Sure there is crime in Albuquerque, just as there is in most cities, and I’ll even say the property crime in Albuquerque is just a bit higher than some similar sized cities in the U.S., but the review on this web page is frankly a work of complete fiction, obviously written by an armchair traveler who either has never been to Albuquerque, or was there for a very short time, and relied on outdated sources of information.

    I was really upset until I read that terrorism in Albuquerque was medium…then I began to laugh at how ridiculous this page is.

  8. Abq. Is an amazing place.

    I was born and raised in Albuquerque. This is totally inaccurate. You make it sound like its terrible. Its actually a beautiful place to live in. The south valley is where you want to stay away from. Theres no natural disasters. It’s hot and windy. The weather provided is inaccurate also. Sounds like whoever wrote this has never been there .

    1. Well if you only been to ABQ, you have nothing to compare it too. I travelled and lived in 6 cities the past 10 years for work. ABQ was definitely the worst.

      1. Small little big town with a crime problem

        I agree. I lived in Albuquerque for 25 years and have seen it go downhill. Every week on the news there is a report of a car theft and especially at hotels along I-40 and I-25. Car break-in’s and car theft are prevalent during major events in the city. Drivers are rude and rules are ignored, lots of road rage. It is a routine event to see drivers going through stop lights long after the light has turned red. Lots of road accidents and uninsured drivers. The main streets are not well taken care of and many parts of the city look run down. The statistics for 2020 show Albuquerque is #2 in car thefts after holding the record at #1 for three years, and #1 in burglaries/thefts.
        We have since moved out of Albuquerque and New Mexico and the only thing we miss is the green chile enchiladas. It’s a cool name and the climate is pretty nice but not enough to overlook the problems that will continue to plague Albuquerque. The poverty rate is high and wages are low, housing and food are expensive. and there are not enough law enforcement, there never was in all of the 25 years I lived there. It’s sad, but Albuquerque could be so much better if people would just venture out to see other cities and how they are run.

  9. ABQ is alright if your smart!

    Moved to Santa Fe in 1982 and traveled the whole state for the USGS ! Moved to Edgewood the Sandia Park! Love the culture and food! I have really never had a problem but I head to the barn when the sun sets! Don’t go to bars!

  10. Albuquerque is lovely

    Albuquerque has so many parks, different kinds of cuisine and breweries. All food and drink is at a great price. I’ve lived here my whole life and not had a problem with crime. The balloon fiesta every October is a sight to behold. Whoever wrote this literally based it off of “breaking bad.”

  11. Life long resident

    I was a lifelong resident of Albuquerque for 50 years. The review is NOT 100% accurate, it is way WORSE. The crime is extremely bad, homeless on every street cornerAnd if you do not have any anti-theft device on your car sleep with one eye open or just say goodbye to your vehicle it will be stolen. Murders are printed on the back pages of the newspaper because they are so common. The food is EXCELLENT but keep in mind it could be your last meal. Albuquerque is the armpit of the United States and for this reason I got my family and myself out of there.

  12. D
    Dale..... says:

    Albuquerque is a **** hole ……

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    Anonymous says:

    ABQ is terrible do not move here

    This article is 100% spot on. From someone who has lived here for 25 years (and planning a move out of here). Though I can say that we’re no longer #1 for car thefts (still at #2) yay! New Mexico is the worst in the nation for children, worst when it comes to drugs, crime, suicide, rapes and ABQ is littered with transients. The police are basically non-existent and expect long wait times if you call and for whatever you report not to ever be investigated. We have rape cases sitting in storage for years, judges who let repeat offenders free, and the criminals know this state is a safe haven for them because there are no consequences. Take my advice, do not move here. The FOOD is the ONLY good thing about this city but if you stop take it to go cause odds are your car will be gone before you’re done eating.

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      Old opinions says:

      Were not the worst we leave that to the real south

      Alabama Mississippi Arkansaw and Missouri imperticular saint louis update your states

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      ABQ-sewer of the US says:

      ABQ-collude, corrupt and incompetent and

      Albuquerque is the sewer of the US. So glad I cashed out after 20 years. Moving there was literally the biggest mistake of my life. That place is so corrupt from the politicians to the society in general. Lying is the norm and the education, along with everything else, is rated at the bottom of the US. NM is a beautiful place to explore the geology, hiking and the outdoors but you need to be street smart and protect all of your belongings at all times. I have never met a collective group of more stupid people in my life. Sorry to say, but it is the truth. Good place to visit, but you don’t want to live there. The cost of the damage it does to your family due to crime and corruption makes it more expensive to live then CA, NY or NJ. Watch out for those realtors! They are not to be trusted with home values. It took me years to do my research and collect sale prices on homes because it is a non-disclosure state, probably put into law with the help from the realtor’s lobbyist. They play with the homes sold when they give you the comps. And no person in their right mind would sign that blatently one-sided realtor contract where they have no fiduciary duty to the seller. I finally found one that agreed after much negotiation and proof based on the data I had. It was $50,000 more than what they wanted to list it for originally. It sold in one week! I’m outta there, finally!

  14. S
    Shut up says:

    Albuquerque Is The Land Of Enchantment

    This idiot probibly never even been here
    I’d love to know what natural disasters this
    guy thinks are here except for a stray tornado
    every 25 years or so the only weather here you
    have to worry about is fire season and some killer
    winds as far as crime everyone has crime neighbor
    hoods there no safe city and if you think there is
    Your stupid

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      Anonymous says:

      enchantment and meth……….

  15. S
    Shirley Reese says:

    Unique city

    I have lived all over the world. Albuquerque is unique but not unsafe. Common
    sense keeps you safe as is true in any other place. The difference in Albuquerque is
    the easy living. There is always something interesting to do, never any stress and
    a gorgeous day every day. The government is progressive and competent. Police
    are easy to contact and responsive. People who live here do so because they want to
    be here which produces a very simpatico culture. Ask the Breaking Bad stars about
    their experiences while filming and you will only get positive responses. Some even stayed after the production was over.

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      Don Biggley says:


      The city government is too progressive and even more incompetent!

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    Im pissed says:

    All of u shut up

    Your all just arguing i bet you all havent been here

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    Michael says:

    Scum City!

    One of the worst places I have ever been. I’ve been to 46 states and other than Detroit, this is the worst. A guy pulled a gun on me in a campground because I took too long crossing the street.

  18. Not Breaking Bad

    Who wrote this article, Jessie Pinkman?

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    David B. says:

    That review is hilariously wrong. Yes, Albuquerque (and New Mexico in general) does have higher than average crime rates, but it’s hardly the Mad Max dystopia this review makes it seem like. My parents live in the ABQ area, and they almost never feel unsafe (and neither do I, when I visit).

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    Craig F. says:

    Don't live here. Just don't.

    The people that say GOOD things about this place, have probably never been outside of it. When you’re in one of the worst places in America, you’ll obviously think it’s good. Why? Because you’re used to it. Because you have never been anywhere else. These people that write these KNOW what they’re talking about. They do this by statistics, surveys, hundreds of thousands of people TELLING THEM that this place sucks total balls. You people need to grow a brain. Seriously. I lived here for 2 years and it was the WORST 2 years of my existence. Never would I have thought that I would be mugged 5 minutes away from my house in broad daylight. And that happened three times. THREE. No, I was not in a gang, and no, I talked to literally no one and knew maybe two people, which were my manager and my coworker. I have traveled to way over 20 states and I can say this town.. no, this STATE, is complete shit. It is hopeless. The wages are shit. The environment is shit. The people are worse than shit. All of you need to travel elsewhere because you have NO IDEA what you guys are talking about. Or you do, but you’re one of the lucky few that does not endure what most people do. Like, come on. Look it up online. Do some RESEARCH. It isn’t that hard.

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      Dallas Hawkes says:

      I thkught Paris France was worse in crime and homelessness

      I have been to 4 different countries and 15 states . Paris is way more dangerous 2008 than Albuquerque

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    Albacrazy says:

    Weather is good, Food is amazing, best culture(s) and great people for the most part. BUT… Not, repeat Not a place to raise a family or visit. Crime is bad and happens all over the city, not just the Southside. Any one that says its not that bad is full of it. I LOVE my shity city (lived in and/or visited 10 other states) because i was born here and lived here for 30+years but its a shit city, with crooked you know who’s.. who are just as bad as the illegal gangsters. This place is the land of Entrapment not Enchantment. Come on vacation leave on probation. If you choose to visit, stay in groups, get in early. Stay off Central. Now of course this is not Vietnam of the 60s or Chicago.. but if your asking, is ABQ safe.. hell NO!

  22. Why do they not mention that.

    The cartel runs this city

  23. S
    Scary guy says:


    I just have an interview with a professor in University of New Mexico. I check the safety degree of the city and it sounds so scary. I am not sure if I should go for PhD. Probably not.

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    Not From Here says:

    Let’s make the distinction shall we?
    The land and the surrounding area that Albuquerque sits on is magnificent, holy and awe inspiring. The man-made thing city called Albuquerque is, however, a dangerous, negatively charged shit hole. For real.
    Are you the kind of person who enjoy’s fearing for your life on the freeways and city streets?
    Do you get excited carrying a very large knife as you open your garage up in the morning to pull your car out? Do you smile widely at the loaded Smith&Wesson 9mm handgun sitting on the table by your bedside every night? Do you like not looking people in the eye because a simple glance here means the possibility of violence? Do you enjoy neck and face tattoos and the wonderful loving energy of gang bangers and ex-cons? How about helicopters overhead? How about non existant red light cameras? Because the police force/city is so poor they can’t afford red light cameras? If you answered yes to any of the questions, then you will LOVE the city of Albuquerque. Some people rave about the food. Fuck it. I can’t even find good words to say about that.

  25. albuquerque sux

    Albuquerque is horrible. The state is run by socialists, you are lucky if you don’t get hit by someone who has several “DWIs”,the judges just keep letting them go.The police don’t do much for traffic control, my wife & I try not to go out between the hours of 7 to 9 am people are late for work & are running lights & signs speeding weaving thru traffic, 11to 1pm cause few peiople take their lunch to work any more,& 4pm to 6pm they are all in ahurry to get to Walmart, apperantly the police don’t care, & don’t be stupid and go walking at night. Also the governor is a dictator,go some where else !!!!

  26. i have lived here since i was 6 (60+ years). both sets of grandparents moved to albuq as well as aunts and uncles. all from new york originally. i would say my family thinks it a great place to grow old.

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    Craig R. says:

    Like anywhere in U.S.

    I am Retired U.S. Navy, been all over the world and the States. I lived in Albuquerque for 16 years growing up. Went to High School on the west side of town and grew up in the South Valley. Poverty is wide spread, poor wages, gangs are prevalent and their ways visible in many areas of the city. Theft and drug related murder have always been high however, this is more related to homeless, gangs and drugs / trafficking.
    The food in this area is Fabulous and you cannot find better anywhere on the planet. The people are friendly, like living and enjoying life. Yes there are problems but I could be describing any city in the U.S. or most of the world.
    If you want to travel to Albuquerque don’t get involved with drugs, be vigilant, pay attention to what you are doing and you should have no problems.

  28. I’ve lived here for 7 months and I love the food and culture but I’m nervous of all the crime plus all the homeless people and bad drivers up and down Central can’t wait to leave here and go back to California I’d rather deal with the fires than all the poverty and crime I am a born and raised women from here but it’s no good to live anymore

    1. Oh man, I’m moving there from California. How long ago did you write this? Was hoping Netflix, Google and Amazon moving there would make it better. Half the people on this thread say it’s fine, the other half are making me rethink everything.

  29. ABQ not for the fearful.

    Most of the negative reviews are using conservative talking points, complaining that the police are underfunded, that the governor is a socialist, that they have to cling to their gun to survive this “shithole,”. Total fear-based trumpy bullshit, I’ve lived in several other eastern and western states, use common sense and you’ll be safe here. If you yearn for 1950’s white america move to Iowa. If you understand that poverty sometimes has hard outcomes, but that people also overcome challenges in amazing ways with incredible depth and perseverance, then come and visit or live.

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    Anonymous says:


    Albuquerque is a dreadful place to live and visit! My first time in this city I was staying in a hotel and have to of the windows of my car smashed overnight! I lived there for two years and couldnt wait to leave. Every time you go to a store (Home Depot, Walmart, Grocery Store..) somebody will ask you as you leave your car for money. I stopped at a gas station and while I was fueling some guy came up to me with an empty gas can and said “let me get some of that” (wtf) Dirty city, poor city, crime infested city, no economy city, no place to get a good meal city, definately nowhere to get a good pizza in this awful place. The only things good to come out of Albuquerque are Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. Also by the way the actor that played Jessie on BB was mugged twice while filming the show. Hahah!!!!! Everybody raves about the green chili which is really nasty!

  31. I live here and I grew up here – I have dealt with 5 burglaries In less then a year this year. Most years, we usually have some sort of property crime to deal with, but this year takes the cake. Two of the property crimes were pretty minor, stolen amazon packages and stolen rakes from the back yard. You really can’t leave anything out, and I mean anything, if you expect to see it again. Leave nothing in your car either, it will get broken into at resturants or in front of your house. The city parking department is also more then happy to drive through neighborhoods and ticket cars, which at this point just feels like another theft. Don’t expect the city to do anything about the constant theft of your property though. My advice, don’t live here.

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    Wingnut says:

    Hmm, not bad at all.

    Goods & bads like anywhere. To all the A holes trashing this place, screw off & don’t come back. We’re good w/ that. I ask that others keep an open mind.
    Abq is a lower income city. What comes w/ low income areas? Yes, drugs & crime. But it is usually more localized to certain areas & income levels/lifestyles. If you’re a stuffy New Yorker who ‘needs’ 24/7 excitement of city life, this is not the place to live. If you enjoy the outdoors, nature, scenery, sunshine, arts, culture, good food, moderate climate, openness, privacy & more, it’s decent. Drivers are stupid but roads are not packed full like they are back east. Per capita there is supposedly more crime than most cities, but it is a small city. It’s more property crime. Know what cars are not the targets of theft. Don’t walk around like a target & you won’t become one. In 35 years of living here my vehicle has been broken into twice. That’s it. Yeah, there are homeless begging on some street corners, but live & let live. Don’t let negative idiots deter you from visiting. It’s a different kind of city. There are many good things here if you look for them. Maybe not the best place to raise a family as education is below nat’l avg., but there are private schools. Like anywhere, do your research before coming. It’s not a hidden gem but it’s been good.
    While I love Chicago, & still visit, I’m happier in ABQ.

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