Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico
City of Albuquerque
Balloon Fiesta, Downtown Albuquerque Alvarado Center, Sandia Peak Tramway San Felipe de Neri Church, Rio Grande Wetlands
Flag of Albuquerque, New Mexico
Official seal of Albuquerque, New Mexico
ABQ, Burque, The 505, The Duke City, The Q
Location within Bernalillo County
Location within Bernalillo County
Albuquerque is located in New Mexico
Location within New Mexico
Albuquerque is located in the United States
Location within the United States
Coordinates: 35°06′39″N 106°36′36″W / 35°06′39″N 106°36′36″W / 35.11083; -106.61000
CountryUnited States
StateNew Mexico
Founded1706 (as Alburquerque)
Incorporated1891 (as Albuquerque)
Named forFrancisco Fernández de la Cueva, Duke of Alburquerque
 • TypeMayor-council government
 • MayorTim Keller (D)
 • City Council
 • State House
 • State Senate
 • U.S. House
 • City189.5 sq mi (490.9 km2)
 • Land187.7 sq mi (486.2 km2)
 • Water1.8 sq mi (4.7 km2)
5,312 ft (1,619.1 m)
 • City545,852
 • Estimate 
 • RankUS: 32nd
 • Density2,900/sq mi (1,100/km2)
 • Metro
909,906 (60th)
1,171,991 (Albuquerque–Santa Fe–Las Vegas CSA)
 • Ethnicities[3]
69.7% White
4.6% Multiracial
4.6% American Indian
3.3% Black
2.6% Asian
46.7% Hispanic
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
ZIP Codes
87101–87125, 87131,
87151, 87153, 87154,
87158, 87174, 87176,
87181, 87184, 87185,
87187, 87190–87199
Area codes505, 575
FIPS code35-02000
GNIS feature ID0928679
Primary AirportAlbuquerque International Sunport
ABQ (Major/International)

Albuquerque (i/ (About this soundlisten) AL-bə-kur-kee; Navajo: Beeʼeldííl Dahsinil [pèːʔèltíːl tɑ̀xsɪ̀nɪ̀l]; Eastern Keres: Arawageeki; Jemez: Vakêêke; Zuni: Alo:ke:k'ya; Jicarilla Apache: Gołgéeki'yé), also known locally as Duke City and abbreviated as ABQ, is the most populous city in the U.S. state of New Mexico and the 32nd-most populous city in the United States, with a census-estimated population of 558,545 in 2017.[5] Albuquerque is the principal city of the Albuquerque metropolitan area, which has 910,726 residents as of July 2017.[6] Albuquerque's MSA is the 60th-largest metropolitan area in the United States. The Albuquerque MSA population includes the cities 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 1,171,991 in 2016.

The city was named in honor of Francisco Fernández de la Cueva, 10th Duke of Alburquerque who was Viceroy of New Spain from 1702 to 1711.[7][8] The growing village was named by provincial governor, Francisco Cuervo y Valdés. The Duke's title referred to the Spanish town of Alburquerque, in the province of Badajoz, near the border with Portugal.

Albuquerque serves as the county seat of Bernalillo County,[9] and is situated in the north central part of the state. The Sandia Mountains run along the eastern side of Albuquerque, and the Rio Grande flows through the city. Albuquerque has one of the highest elevations of any major city in the U.S. with ranges from 4,900 feet (1,490 m) above sea level near the Rio Grande to over 6,700 feet (1,950 m) in the foothill areas of Sandia Heights and Glenwood Hills.

Albuquerque is home to institutions and monuments such as Kirtland Air Force Base, Sandia National Laboratories, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, the University of New Mexico, Central New Mexico Community College, Presbyterian Medical Services, Presbyterian Health Services, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Albuquerque Biological Park, and the Petroglyph National Monument. The city is the location of the New Mexico Technology Corridor, a concentration of high-tech private companies and government institutions. Albuquerque is also the home of the International Balloon Fiesta, the world's largest such gathering of hot-air balloons from around the globe, taking place every October.[10]


The name of the city has its origin through Latin, deriving from albus quercus meaning "white oak". The name was probably given in reference to the prevalence of cork oaks in the province of Badajoz, which have white wood when the bark is removed.

The first "r" in Alburquerque was later dropped, probably due to association with the prominent Portuguese general Alfonso de Albuquerque, whose family title (among others) and then name originated from the town of Alburquerque in Spain, which was once a dominion of the kings of Portugal and used the Portuguese variant spelling of its name. The change was also in part because citizens found the original name difficult to pronounce.

Other Languages
አማርኛ: አልበከርኪ
العربية: ألباكركي
Avañe'ẽ: Albuquerque
azərbaycanca: Albukerke
تۆرکجه: البوکرکی
bamanankan: Albuquerque
Bân-lâm-gú: Albuquerque
беларуская: Альбукерке
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Албукерке
български: Албакърки
bosanski: Albuquerque
brezhoneg: Albuquerque
català: Albuquerque
čeština: Albuquerque
Deutsch: Albuquerque
Ελληνικά: Αλμπουκέρκη
español: Albuquerque
euskara: Albuquerque
føroyskt: Albuquerque
français: Albuquerque
galego: Albuquerque
한국어: 앨버커키
հայերեն: Ալբուկերկե
Bahasa Indonesia: Albuquerque, New Mexico
íslenska: Albuquerque
italiano: Albuquerque
עברית: אלבקרקי
ქართული: ალბუკერკე
қазақша: Альбукерке
кырык мары: Альбукерке
Ladino: Albuquerque
latviešu: Albukerke
Lëtzebuergesch: Albuquerque
lietuvių: Albukerkė
magyar: Albuquerque
македонски: Албакерки
მარგალური: ალბუკერკე
монгол: Альбукерке
Nederlands: Albuquerque (stad)
нохчийн: Альбукерке
occitan: Albuquerque
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Albukerke
Piemontèis: Albuquerque
polski: Albuquerque
português: Albuquerque
русский: Альбукерке
саха тыла: Альбукерке
Simple English: Albuquerque
slovenčina: Albuquerque
ślůnski: Albuquerque
српски / srpski: Албукерки
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Albuquerque, New Mexico
svenska: Albuquerque
татарча/tatarça: Әлбукерке
Tsetsêhestâhese: Albuquerque
Türkçe: Albuquerque
українська: Альбукерке
ئۇيغۇرچە / Uyghurche: Albukwér kwé
Tiếng Việt: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Volapük: Albuquerque
Yorùbá: Albuquerque
粵語: 阿布奎基