Rio Rancho, New Mexico

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Rio Rancho (Spanish: Río Rancho) is the largest city and economic hub of Sandoval County in the U.S. state of New Mexico. A small portion of the city extends into northern Bernalillo County. It is the third-largest and fastest-growing city in New Mexico.[3] As of the 2000 census, the city population was 51,765. It has risen to 75,978 as of the 2007 census estimate.[1] Preliminary 2010 United States Census data (as of December 22, 2010) states that Rio Rancho's population has risen to 88,901.[4]

Rio Rancho is part of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area.



The Rio Rancho area was originally part of the Alameda Grant, which was founded by the Spanish in 1710. By the early twentieth century, much of the land grant had been sold to land investment companies. Amrep Corporation purchased 55,000 acres (220 km²) in 1961 and turned the land into a housing development called "Rio Rancho Estates" with the first families moving in the early 1960s. The population grew tenfold between 1970 and 1980, and the City of Rio Rancho was incorporated in 1981. The opening of a large Intel Corporation plant in 1981 had a major economic impact on the city.

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