Rio Rancho, NM is listed at number 58 on Money Magazine’s 100 places to live.
Top 100 rank: 58
Once a sleepy suburb of Albuquerque, Rio Rancho is coming into its own with employers like Hewlett-Packard and Intel helping add almost 2,500 jobs in the past couple of years. There’s now nightlife downtown in addition to many bike paths, parks, and horseback trails. The real estate market is still shaking off the doldrums of the housing downturn; while sales are picking up briskly, foreclosed homes dot the streets. Those on the buying side of the equation, however, can expect to find good deals.
I like living in Rio Rancho, but where is this downtown with the nightlife? And the bike paths and horseback trails are the same dirt roads.