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Rio Rancho

An aerial view of Rio Rancho is an interesting sight to take in. You'll see densely-packed suburbs alongside vast empty desert space, littered with a few trailer homes and apartment buildings here and there, followed by dense urban sprawls. Rio Rancho offers the best of both worlds: the hustle and bustle of the city, and the quiet, spacious beauty of scenic New Mexico.

Finding Apartments in Rio Rancho, NM

You're likely to find an apartment available in Rio Rancho fairly early into your search. In the early 2000's, Rio Rancho saw a housing bubble that burst with the recession. What this means is that, for a time, there were far more homes available than there were tenants. Rio Rancho saw record numbers of foreclosures, resulting in generally lower real estate prices and easier access to housing in the already low-cost world of New Mexico real estate.

Top Neighborhoods in Rio Rancho, NM

The most interesting thing about Rio Rancho's population is the fact that most neighborhoods are a mix of people from all ethnic backgrounds and income levels. You'll find dot com millionaires next door to lower middle class families of four and working class folks across the street from doctors and lawyers. Some of the safer neighborhoods include the Enchanted Hills Dr. area and City Center, while areas like Westgate Heights offer beautiful housing and suburban living for considerably less than you would expect to pay in, say, Florida or California. Renting or buying is cheaper in New Mexico than in the rest of the country, and cheaper in Rio Rancho than in many other New Mexico towns.

Transportation Options in Rio Rancho, NM

Transportation can be a little tricky here. There are some dense neighborhoods that are quite walkable, but getting from one of those neighborhoods to another can take all day on foot. Owning a car will certainly make life a lot more convenient in Rio Rancho, but if you'd rather not deal with the expenses, you can easily invest in a bus pass and ride around town through the courtesy of Rio Rancho Rail Runner Connection. This may wind up being a necessity if you have to work a few miles away from home.

Weather in Rio Rancho, NM

Like much of New Mexico, the weather in Rio Rancho can be, well, weird. You might wake up to find snow on your front porch in the morning, only to feel the sun beating down a seventy five degree dry heat later in the day. It's no wonder they call it the Land of Enchantment; at times, it can feel as if a wizard has cast a spell on the state. This wily, unpredictable weather is not for everyone, but lifelong New Mexicans learn to love it. Where else can you build a snowman and then jump into the swimming pool while it's melting in the afternoon sun?

Dining in Rio Rancho, NM

You'll find all sorts of influences on the culinary arts of Rio Rancho. We don't need to tell you that Southwestern cooking is kind of a big deal here, as is authentic Mexican food. But you may be surprised to find some of the best Italian food in the US at Joe's Pasta House, or that you can enjoy rustic style pizza at the Turtle Mountain Brewery, and amazing Asian dishes at Saigon 2. New Mexico draws a broad range of influences when it comes to culture. Whether you're talking about food, art or the people who call Rio Rancho home, the entire world is represented in New Mexico.

Whether you're here to stay for a month, a year, or a lifetime, Rio Rancho really does offer a little bit of everything. From international cuisine to great culture, convenient transportation and an impressive range of housing options at well below the national average, Rio Rancho is everything that we love about New Mexico.

Rent Trends

As of November 2017, the average apartment rent in Rio Rancho, NM is $675 for a studio, $740 for one bedroom, $919 for two bedrooms, and $1,129 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Rio Rancho has increased by 4.0% in the past year.

Beds Avg Sq Ft Avg Rent
Studio 408 $675
1 BR 706 $740
2 BR 1,040 $919
3 BR 1,213 $1,129


24 Walk Score® Car-Dependent
6 Transit Score® Minimal Transit
47 Bike Score® Somewhat Bikeable


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Entrada Pointe
900 Country Club Dr, Rio Rancho, NM 87124
$675 - 907 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
2 hrs
280 17th St SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
$950 House for Rent Available Now
Sabana Grande
4250-4310 Sabana Grande Ave SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124
$875 3 Bed Available Now
2 wks
Enchanted Vista
4501 Sprint Blvd NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144
No Availability 2 wks

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