Rio Rancho is largest city of Sandoval County and is also currently the fastest growing city in the state of New Mexico. It lies on the outskirts of Albuquerque and Bernalillo.
Rio Rancho's location makes it perfect for those who commute to work whether they be making the commute to Santa Fe or Albuquerque. The constant building of new houses and neighborhoods for relatively cheap sucks more and more people in.
The "Welcome to Rio Rancho" sign infront of Intel should be changed to a tombstone, for this is where dreams come to die. This town eats up the lives of many teenagers, due to the lack of activities and such, many kids result to drugs and partying for entertainment, thus begins the never ending downward spiral of failure. Kid gets bored, kid trys crack, kid drops out of school, kid works at McDonalds for the rest of their life and blames everyone around them for it. However, the kids who make it out alive usually end up leaving Rio Rancho to go to college or move to near by Albuquerque and vow to never return.
Rio Rancho is a great place to live, if you're grown and have your life together that is.
Rio Rancho is on the outskirts of Albuquerque and Bernalillo.
LAURA- I'm bored, what do you wanna do?
SUE- I don't know, this is Rio Rancho, theres nothing TO do.
LAURA- I know!! We can snort meth! That'll be fun!
SUE- Wonderful idea Laura! I'll get my disenrollment forms ready also! Then we can just blame our screwed up lives on our parents!
Where white people of the Abq metro area go to escape the gang violence and property crime in the city proper. The city spends big on various projects, and the infrastructure is good if a bit crowded. The sprawl seems to be equally divided between cheap development houses and shopping centers. You will find lots and lots of strip malls and shopping centers, which seems to be the only available avenue for entertainment. The police are extremely bored and overzealous; you will never receive a warning for any traffic offense and they will literally bust a nut over a low BAC DWI arrest (which will probably be the talk of the station for months). Contrast this with the police of abq not giving a fuck about bad driving as long as you're not killing people, and you'll see why everyone get's frustrated. There are also an extreme amount of bullshit unapportioned-tax traffic cameras compared to what there should be for the population, to fund the aforementioned white people city pet projects.more...
If you want to party, look elsewhere because most bars will cut you off after 3 drinks regardless if you have a driver or not. You'll find plenty of fakesters and busters all over, but I have never seen anyone in Rio Rancho who remotely resembles a real gangster.
For the most part, this city is a shithole due to the government being oppressive, massive overcrowding, a mix of yuppies and white trash, and virtually no jobs apart from the Intel plant and retail stores.