Facts About Rio Rancho
Rio Rancho is the largest city and economic hub of Sandoval County, part of the expansive Albuquerque metropolitan area, in New Mexico.
The great majority of the territory of Rio Rancho was originally part of the Town of Alameda Grant, which was founded by Spanish colonial settlers in 1710.
Rio Rancho is the third-largest city in New Mexico.
Rio Rancho is located at 35°17’10” North, 106°40’14” West.
Rio Rancho lies in the Albuquerque Basin to the west of the Rio Grande, which is a boundary on the northeast corner of the city. An escarpment lies to the west of the city limit.
The name Rio Rancho derives from Los Ranchos, the Spanish colonial ranches established along the Rio Grande in the Albuquerque Basin, and throughout historic Nuevo México.
The city has a total area of 103.7 sq mi, of which 103.4 square miles is land and 0.31 sq mi, or 0.31%, is covered by water.
The estimated population of Rio Rancho is 99,178, as of 2019.
Rio Rancho receives 8.90 inches of precipitation annually on average. The western portion of the city receives slightly more rain and snowfall due to its higher elevation than that of the more densely developed eastern portion of Rio Rancho.
Rio Rancho is part of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area, Since the 1990s, Rio Rancho has taken steps to become more independent from neighbouring Albuquerque, including the establishment of the separate school and library systems and attempts to attract businesses to the area.