Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Albuquerque (pronounced /ˈælbəkɜrkiː/) is the largest city in the state of New Mexico, United States. It is the county seat of Bernalillo County and is situated in the central part of the state, straddling the Rio Grande. The city population was 528,497 as of July 1, 2009, according to U.S. census estimates,[5] and ranks as the 34th-largest city in the U.S. As of June 2007, the city was the sixth fastest-growing in America.[6] It has a metropolitan population of 869,684, as of June 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Albuquerque is the 57th-largest United States metropolitan area. The Albuquerque MSA population includes the city of Rio Rancho, one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. Roughly half the people in New Mexico live in the Albuquerque area.

Albuquerque is home to the University of New Mexico (UNM), Kirtland Air Force Base, Sandia National Laboratories, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, and Petroglyph National Monument. The Sandia Mountains run along the eastern side of Albuquerque, and the Rio Grande flows through the city, north to south.

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