As of 2010, more than 545,852 people called Albuquerque, New Mexico, home. This area is picturesque with the Sandia Mountains and Rio Grand River running through it. The city was named after governor, Don Francisco Cuervo y Valdes. Back when Albuquerque was discovered in 1706, only eight families called this place home. Route 66 runs through here, which makes a great stopping point for those heading further west. By 1900, this little town was facing a major growth spurt. The area was appealing to families as it was always a friendly, clean southwest town.
It was soon discovered that the dry climate of New Mexico, was therapeutic to those suffering from Tuberculosis. Sanitariums beginning popping up all over the state to ensure that there was sufficient places to house the sick. During this medical growth period, two famous hospitals were erected, Presbyterian Hospital and St. Joseph.
In the 1960′s and 70′s the city had a record growth. There were several buildings which were built during this time frame. New shopping centers and major economic growth happened ruing this period in history. One of the reasons so many people have come to this area, is because of the desert climate. It is sunny and dry here with little to no humidity. There is hardly any rain here and there are usually no days where the temperature falls below freezing.
This area is vibrant in color and beauty. The Sandia Mountains, which in Spanish means “Watermelon Mountain,” are a tourist spot that draws tourists each year. No matter what the reason one comes to Albuquerque, the fact is people are coming. The dry climate, rich history and Spanish style architecture, is all reason so many choose to call this home. With all the charm that this area holds, it is a welcome oasis in the middle of the dessert.