**What can you tell me about Rio Rancho, NM as a place to live?
Not much, since I don’t live there. I’m now 45 minutes to the NW, but come there often to shop, which is the main purpose of Rio Rancho, as far as I can tell. I didm watch it grow, have friends there, and have been involved in some things located there. For me, its problem is that it has no inherent identity save being a bedroom community for Albuquerque. Rio Rancho has tried hard to develop a meaningful city center, and that has been a failure. What is in Rio Rancho are chain stores, mile after mile of them, all the name-brand chain stores you see driving about any US highway into most towns - that’s what Rio Rancho is about. Big box stores and generic chain stores. Without the view of the Sandias, you could be in Ohio or California or Illinois. For the 3rd largest city in the state of New Mexico now (I think), it is plain vanilla. It has no soul. Having said that, as a place to live, it seems to be well run, has a number of parks, a great library, schools, and (this is the key) affordable housing compared to some other nearby-to-Albuquerque communities. If suburbia in anywhere-USA works for you, it may be better than most.