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Albuquerque is the 34th largest city in the United States and the largest in the state of New Mexico. In recent years, it's been one of the top 10 fastest growing cities in America. With an arid climate, there's no need to worry about humidity and the uncomfortable weather. Albuquerque averages over 300 days of sunshine a year and is bordered on the East with the Sandia Mountains so you can enjoy skiing in the winter as well as gorgeous panarama views during the summer. It's also home to the world's longest aerial tram which extends just short of 3 miles. Great for scenic views in the mountains.

No matter what you want for retirement, Albuquerque is a great place to consider due to its diverse economy, increasingly urban living, and plenty of cultural activities to go around.


Many consider Albuquerque to be among the best retirement cities in the U.S. Here are some other reasons to choose living in Albuquerque.

Retirement Housing Options: In Albuquerque there are unique housing options which include condos, apartments for rent, hi-rises, retirement communities, lofts, co-ops, luxury condominiums, top end townhouses and other housing for over 55 boomers and seniors.

Downtown Albuquerque Areas and Districts for Retirees to Explore:

Downtown Albuquerque is roughly defined as the area between Marble Avenue, Coal Avenue, Seventh Street, and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks. The area on the east side of the railroad tracks is known as East Downtown or EDo. Downtown Albuquerque has the city’s famous Nob Hill neighborhood whic is home to some of Albuquerque's best shopping and dining.

Not one of the official downtown districts, EDo (East Downtown) is a small but expanding neighborhood centered around Central and Broadway on the east side of the railroad tracks, bounded roughly by the railroad tracks on the west, I-25 on the east, Coal on the south, and Martin Luther King Avenue on the north. EDo is a trendy area containing several loft apartment buildings and a number of small shops and restaurants. The focal point of EDo is the renovated Old Albuquerque High School campus, which is now a residential complex. The name "EDo" was coined in imitation of the LoDo area of Denver which in turn was an imitation of SoHo and TriBeCa in New York .

The southernmost part of downtown, the Casa District includes the area between Gold and Coal Avenue, extending all the way west to Tenth Street. This is a primarily residential district, with a large number of loft apartment buildings. The PNM Building is also located in the Casa District.

Arts and Entertainment District:

This district is centered along Central Avenue and Gold Avenue east of First Street. It contains most of downtown Albuquerque's historic buildings as well as most of its shopping, dining, and nightlife destinations. Notable landmarks in this district include the KiMo Theater, Occidental Life Building, First National Bank Building, and Sunshine Building. There is a small concentration of government and office buildings on Gold Avenue which includes the Dennis Chavez Federal Building, Gold Building, and Simms Building. Amy Biehl High School is also located in this district.

Social Opportunities: studies have shown that a good group of friends is more important to a happy retirement than money or health. Albuquerque offers many opportunities with civic groups and hobby clubs to generate a solid core group of friends. These friends can help ward off the problems of aging like dementia and health issues.

Public Transportation: rural living isn't good for seniors who can't drive since they require someone's help to get around. The expenses of transportation add up quickly for fixed-income seniors so the public transportation of Albuquerque is quite beneficial. Even better is that most public transit systems have senior rates that are much cheaper than normal. Downtown Albuquerque is the center of public transit in the city, and is served by a network of ABQ RIDE routes including both Rapid Ride BRT routes, most of which include stops at the Alvarado Transportation Center. ABQ RIDE also operates a free circulator bus service in the downtown area named Downtown Get Around (or "D-Ride" for short) which runs from 6:30 to 7:00 pm every 7 minutes on weekdays.

Access to Medical Services: it's pretty obvious that if you live near a hospital, you're more likely to survive a medical emergency. Despite how your mind feels, the body starts to break down and there's a good chance you'll need a hospital visit during your retirement years. Living in Albuquerque is great since there are more specialists and medical services available and at cheaper rates. Some of the finest medical facilities in the country are located in Downtown Albuquerque.
* University of New Mexico Hospitals
* Presbyterian Hospital
* Lovelace Medical Center
* Lovelace Rehabilitation Hospital
* Kindred Rehabilitation Hospital

Albuquerque's finest physicians have located their offices near the hospitals in downtown Albuquerque.

Access to Local Businesses: city living offers walking distance to most businesses that you'll ever use in your retirement years. Even if you need to travel, there are a lot more shopping centers and discount stores in urban areas.
Fitness: exercise is critical to keeping healthy during your retirement years. Cities have every type of fitness facility from standard fitness centers to niche fitness places like indoor rock climbing walls so there's something for everyone. Even if you want to exercise on your own, there's tons of parks or indoor malls to enjoy walking in.

Continuing Education: today’s seniors know the importance of exercising their brains, as well as their bodies. Urban living provides access to a wide range of classes, through local universities, museums, city recreation departments, etc. Enrolling in these types of courses can help stave off the depression that some people feel once they stop working full time.

Food and Entertainment: retirement should be full of activities you never had a chance to enjoy while working. Dinners out to fancy restaurants or weekend getaways to a nearby city or historical site are all possible living in a city. Usually, cities have tons of entertainment venues like theaters and museums and there's always something going on. You will enjoy the dining options in Albuquerque NM!

Albuquerque Senior Communities:

Albuquerque Grand is literally just a few blocks from downtown Albuquerque and the city’s famous Nob Hill neighborhood--home to some of the city’s best shopping and dining. A short drive east, there’s plenty more shopping and great restaurants in the Uptown area, in Coronado Mall, and at the beautiful ABQ Uptown shopping and dining complex. And a couple blocks away from the Albuquerque Grand is the University of New Mexic, home to museums, plays, broadway road shows, other cultural events, and sporting events year-round. Hop on and off I-25 via Dr Martin Luther King Jr Ave NE and its a short and easy drive to I-40 or the Albuquerque airport.

We’re also in the heart of Albuquerque’s healthcare community. A five minute drive will get you or your loved one to some of the finest medical facilities in the country, including...

* University of New Mexico Hospitals
* Presbyterian Hospital
* Lovelace Medical Center
* Lovelace Rehabilitation Hospital
* Kindred Rehabilitation Hospital

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