Having grown up in Albuquerque, then lived in Vegas for 22 years, and having travelled the U.S. a fair amount, I’m tuned-in to the +/- of New Mexico and Albuquerque in particular.
Albuquerque possesses many attributes for living here, and these traits are baked into the culture, for example:
…has a vibrant arts and cultural attraction scene, due to ongoing resources being earmarked starting decades ago. The BioPark, Aquarium and Zoo are nationally recognized, the annual International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is amazing and is one of those events/places, like the Grand Canyon, Lake Powel, Fisherman’s Wharf, etc. that simply must be experienced in person to understand and appreciate.
…has more parkland/open spaces per capita than any city in the country, actually more than double the runner-up city of Raleigh; again, due to forward thinking and purchases of large urban/suburban land tracts starting decades ago.