A homogenous, humble city in central New Mexico. Surrounded by burbs (Los Lunas, Rio Rancho) which makes the city span the length of the moon. The people live in their own world, a New Mexican reality. There's not a lot of diversity, families have been there for generations, which makes it a beautiful place for people rooted in their communities. There is a problem with drugs and gangs and lack of quality education, but overall there are a lot of charming qualities unlike any other city. It's authenticity stems from the unique cuisine, beautiful weather, incomparable accents, and 505 pride.
Albuquerque is not just balloons, chile, and the war zone. Get a life, appreciate the silver linings.