Rio Rancho, New Mexico

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
City
Aerial view of suburban Rio Rancho
Aerial view of suburban Rio Rancho
Official seal of Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Seal
Nickname(s): "The City of Vision"
Location in New Mexico
Location in New Mexico
Coordinates: 35°17′10″N 106°40′14″W / 35.28611°N 106.67056°W / 35.28611; -106.67056Coordinates: 35°17′10″N 106°40′14″W / 35.28611°N 106.67056°W / 35.28611; -106.67056
CountryUnited States
StateNew Mexico
CountiesSandoval, Bernalillo
Founded1961
Incorporated1981
Government
 • MayorThomas E. Swisstack
Area
 • City103.7 sq mi (268.5 km2)
 • Land103.4 sq mi (267.7 km2)
 • Water0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
Elevation5,282 ft (1,610 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • City87,521
 • Estimate (2012)90,818
 • Density847/sq mi (327.0/km2)
 • Metro907,755 (MSA)
Time zoneMountain (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST)Mountain (UTC-6)
ZIP codes87124, 87144, 87174
Area code(s)505
FIPS code35-63460
GNIS feature ID1699884
Websitewww.ci.rio-rancho.nm.us
 
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Not to be confused with Rancho Rio.
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
City
Aerial view of suburban Rio Rancho
Aerial view of suburban Rio Rancho
Official seal of Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Seal
Nickname(s): "The City of Vision"
Location in New Mexico
Location in New Mexico
Coordinates: 35°17′10″N 106°40′14″W / 35.28611°N 106.67056°W / 35.28611; -106.67056Coordinates: 35°17′10″N 106°40′14″W / 35.28611°N 106.67056°W / 35.28611; -106.67056
CountryUnited States
StateNew Mexico
CountiesSandoval, Bernalillo
Founded1961
Incorporated1981
Government
 • MayorThomas E. Swisstack
Area
 • City103.7 sq mi (268.5 km2)
 • Land103.4 sq mi (267.7 km2)
 • Water0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
Elevation5,282 ft (1,610 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • City87,521
 • Estimate (2012)90,818
 • Density847/sq mi (327.0/km2)
 • Metro907,755 (MSA)
Time zoneMountain (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST)Mountain (UTC-6)
ZIP codes87124, 87144, 87174
Area code(s)505
FIPS code35-63460
GNIS feature ID1699884
Websitewww.ci.rio-rancho.nm.us

Rio Rancho (Spanish: Río Rancho) is the largest city and economic hub of Sandoval County in the U.S. state of New Mexico. A small portion of the city extends into northern Bernalillo County. It is the third-largest and also one of the fastest growing cities in New Mexico. As of the 2010 census, Rio Rancho had a population of 87,521,[1] a 69% rise from 2000. In 2012, the city had an estimated population of 90,818.[2]

Rio Rancho is part of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Rio Rancho Estates in 1970

The Rio Rancho area was originally part of the Alameda Grant, which was founded by the Spanish in 1710. By the early twentieth century, much of the land grant had been sold to land investment companies. Amrep Corporation purchased 55,000 acres (22,000 ha) in 1961 and turned the land into a housing development called "Rio Rancho Estates" with the first families moving in the early 1960s, most of whom were New Yorkers. (The developers advertised heavily on New York area media.) The population grew tenfold between 1970 and 1980, and the City of Rio Rancho was incorporated in 1981. The opening of a large Intel Corporation plant in 1981 had a major economic impact on the city.

Since the 1990s, Rio Rancho has taken steps to become more independent from neighboring Albuquerque, including the establishment of separate school and library systems and attempts to attract businesses to the area. The city's latest project is the Downtown City Centre development that includes a new city hall building, a new UNM West and CNM campus as well as the Santa Ana Star Center. The arena opened in October 2006. City Hall opened in September 2007.

Demographics[edit]

Census data and expectations
Historical population
CensusPop.
19809,985
199032,551226.0%
200051,76559.0%
201087,52169.1%
Est. 201290,818[2]3.8%
Sources: 1980–2000[3]

There were 18,995 households out of which 40.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.4% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.7% were non-families. 20.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.2% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 94.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males.

The median income for city was $47,169, and the median income for a family was $52,233. Males had a median income of $39,162 versus $27,385 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,322. About 3.7% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.1% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.

Hispanics or Latinos of any race made up 37.74% of the city’s population

Geography[edit]

Rio Rancho is located at 35°17'10" North, 106°40'14" West (35.286185, -106.670660).[4] It lies in the Albuquerque Basin to the west of the Rio Grande, which bounds the northeast corner of the city. There is an escarpment to the west of the city limit.

Rio Rancho is bordered by Albuquerque to the south, the Santa Ana Indian Reservation to the north, and Bernalillo and Corrales to the east.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 103.7 sq mi (268.5 km2), of which 103.4 square miles (267.7 km2) is land and 0.31 sq mi (0.8 km2), or 0.31%, is water.[1]

Climate[edit]

Rio Rancho is in an arid climate.[5]

Climate data for Rio Rancho, New Mexico (1981–2010 normals)
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °F (°C)74
(23)
82
(28)
90
(32)
94
(34)
107
(42)
108
(42)
111
(44)
106
(41)
102
(39)
95
(35)
83
(28)
75
(24)
111
(44)
Average high °F (°C)53
(12)
59
(15)
67
(19)
76
(24)
85
(29)
94
(34)
96
(36)
93
(34)
87
(31)
76
(24)
62
(17)
53
(12)
75.1
(23.9)
Average low °F (°C)30
(−1)
34
(1)
39
(4)
45
(7)
53
(12)
61
(16)
68
(20)
68
(20)
59
(15)
47
(8)
37
(3)
30
(−1)
47.6
(8.7)
Record low °F (°C)5
(−15)
8
(−13)
18
(−8)
26
(−3)
37
(3)
46
(8)
51
(11)
49
(9)
41
(5)
23
(−5)
17
(−8)
4
(−16)
4
(−16)
Precipitation inches (mm)0.33
(8.4)
0.38
(9.7)
0.65
(16.5)
0.50
(12.7)
0.49
(12.4)
0.58
(14.7)
1.26
(32)
1.72
(43.7)
0.99
(25.1)
0.95
(24.1)
0.58
(14.7)
0.47
(11.9)
8.90
(226.1)
Source: Weather Channel [6]

Economy[edit]

Intel opened in the mid 1980s.
Largest Employers in Rio Rancho
1Intel Corporation
2Rio Rancho Public Schools
3Hewlett-Packard
4Presbyterian Health Services
5Sprint Corporation
6Bank of America
7Stream Global
8Alliance Data Inc.
9U.S. Cotton
10Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

The Intel Corporation is by far the largest employer in Rio Rancho. The services, retail, and government sectors are also major components of the local economy.

Rio Rancho is the site of Intel's Intel Fab 11X, one of the largest semiconductor fabrication plants in the world. The fully automated, $2 billion facility opened in 2002 and was the first Intel plant to manufacture 300 mm silicon wafers, which can hold almost twice as many chips as the standard 200 mm wafers. Fab 7, Intel's original Rio Rancho plant, closed in 2002 but is being converted into a test facility.

In 2005, Rio Rancho became the first U.S. city to offer citywide voice-over-WiFi (VoWiFi) service although many of its residents complained that the service did not live up to their expectations.[citation needed]

Several call centers call Rio Rancho home. Walmart opened up in early summer of 2006 in Rio Rancho thus sparking several new commercial retailers to locate nearby.

New projects[edit]

Rust Medical center opened in 2011.

New construction of large facilities include[7]:3:

Taxation[edit]

The Rio Rancho City Council recently passed tax increases that raised gross receipts taxes that are higher than Albuquerque. The City Council also passed an automatic annual increase in water rate equivalent to 25% over a five year period.[10][verification needed] Recent bond measures have seen significant increases in property taxes. Recent updates from the City of Rio Rancho Finance department indicate that the only increase in revenue has been from property taxes.[citation needed]

2000s housing bubble[edit]

Rio Rancho has seen a significant increase in foreclosure activity. Sandoval, Bernalillo and Valencia counties were some of the worst-affected by the late 2000s recession.[11]

Government[edit]

The new city hall

Elected officials[edit]

NamePositionParty reg.Took officeUp for
re–election
Greggory HullMayorRepublican20142018
Chuck WilkinsDistrict 1Republican20122016
Dawnn RobinsonDistrict 2Republican20142018
Cheryl EverettDistrict 3Republican20142018
Mark ScottDistrict 4Republican20122016
Shelby SmithDistrict 5Republican20142018
Lonnie ClaytonDistrict 6Republican20122016
Robert CookMunicipal CourtRepublican20102018

Schools[edit]

Rio Rancho Public Schools serve students in Rio Rancho.

Rio Rancho has two major public high schools:

n Addition Rio Rancho has one public charter school called The ASK Academy. The ASK academy focuses on STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) education, and currently serves grades 7-12. http://theaskacademy.org/

Media[edit]

The weekly Rio Rancho Observer is the local newspaper, while Rio Ranchoans also have access to television and radio broadcasts from Albuquerque as well as the daily newspaper Albuquerque Journal, along with its localized semi-weekly version the Rio Rancho Journal."

Rio Rancho is also served by a government-access television (GATV) channel, that is available only through the city's only cable television provider Cable ONE. This channel shows all of the government meetings on multiple showings.

Transportation[edit]

Albuquerque's transit department, ABQ RIDE, operates a bus route (251 Albuquerque-Rio Rancho Rail Runner Connection) connecting Rio Rancho with the New Mexico Rail Runner Express station at Journal Center. There is a proposed regional transportation taxing district.

In late January 2011, ABQ RIDE extended two additional routes (96 Crosstown Commuter and 155 Coors Blvd), as well as introducing an additional route (551 Jefferson/Paseo Del Norte Express) into Rio Rancho. The northern terminus of these routes are at Southern Blvd and Unser Blvd. Other than these few extensions from the Albuquerque Transit system, there is no public transportation in Rio Rancho. Also, the city is so poorly planned that there are miles of empty space between major destinations in the city.

The Rio Metro Regional Transportation District operates Rio Transit, a door to door paratransit service for Senior Citizens 55 years of age and older, and disabled adults 18 years of age and older, for residents of Rio Rancho. The service is operated out of the Meadowlark Senior Center, and provides service Monday-Friday from 730am to 300pm. Riders must register with the service prior to using it. Rio Metro RTD also operates a commuter bus route serving the Enchanted Hills neighborhood in Rio Rancho. This service connects residents of Enchanted Hills to the US 550 New Mexico Rail Runner station and provides service during the morning and evening commutes. Rio Metro Bus connections are available at the US 550 Rail Runner station for Zia Pueblo, San Ysidro, Canon, and Jemez Springs. A Rio Metro commuter bus route provides service to and from the Cuba NM area, with a Park and Ride designated at Home Depot, which is located near the corner of NM 528, NM 550. Rio Metro's website and schedules may be viewed at: www.riometro.org

Sports[edit]

Santa Ana Star Center

Rio Rancho was home to the New Mexico Scorpions minor-league ice hockey team, which relocated from Albuquerque in 2006, until the team ceased operations in 2009. The Scorpions played at Santa Ana Star Center.

In the spring of 2008, the Star Center became the home of the New Mexico Wildcats indoor football team. However, they only lasted two seasons, folding at the conclusion of 2009.

Starting in fall of 2010, the Star Center was home to the New Mexico Thunderbirds of the NBA Development League and the New Mexico Mustangs of the North American Hockey League (NAHL). The Mustangs NAHL membership was transferred to Richfield, Minnesota in 2012.[12] The New Mexico Thunderbirds announced in July 2011 that the team was sold to the Cleveland Cavaliers and will be moved to Canton, OH for the upcoming season.

The Blades Multiplex Arena is home to the New Mexico Renegades of the Western States Hockey League. The team is entering its 4th year in existence and 2nd year under new ownership. Blades Multiplex also hosts an indoor soccer league and an indoor flag football league.

Since February 2012 Rio Rancho has been the location of the New Mexico Stars, a professional indoor football team. They play home games at the Santa Ana Star Center, with whom they signed a five year contract.

Rio Rancho is also the home city of New Mexico Strongman, an amateur organization dedicated to promoting and hosting strongman competitions in New Mexico.

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Alan Branch is from Rio Rancho.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Rio Rancho city, New Mexico". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012: 2012 Population Estimates (PEPANNRES): New Mexico". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Rio Rancho Profile". City of Rio Rancho. Archived from the original on 2008-06-23. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AnOY3bX30oI/TZvUMicLbUI/AAAAAAAAABg/J5l2PgBA2Cc/s1600/climatemapusa2yv3.png
  6. ^ "Average Weather for Rio Rancho, New Mexico". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2014-09-01. 
  7. ^ "Community Overview – Rio Rancho, New Mexico" (PDF). Rio Rancho Economic Development Corporation. January 2007. Retrieved 2008-09-23. [dead link]
  8. ^ Mexico, New (2009-01-08). "HP breaks ground on Rio Rancho center". 
  9. ^ [1][dead link]
  10. ^ Utilities Commission – May 18th, 2010. Riorancho.granicus.com. Retrieved on 2013-08-15.
  11. ^ Interactive Map: The Economy Where You Live, from NPR.
  12. ^ Richfield, Minnesota team granted membership to NAHL | North American Hockey League. NAHL (2012-12-21). Retrieved on 2013-08-15.

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