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Rising Economy and Jobs in Rio Rancho NM

Updated on January 5, 2014


Hot Air Balloons are part of the landscape of Rio Rancho. At least 9 companies provide balloon rides. (Photos, public domain)
Hot Air Balloons are part of the landscape of Rio Rancho. At least 9 companies provide balloon rides. (Photos, public domain)

Rio Rancho Is a High Growth City

Each year, BusinessWeek announces the results of their survey to find the fastest-growing city in each of the 50 United States.

In New Mexico, that city has been Rio Rancho, a suburb north of Albuquerque and it is still growing fast.

New Mexico is well liked by residents and tourists for its diverse cultural backgrounds, its national parks, other outdoor attractions, its weather and climate, and its advancements in sustainability. Thelast category mentioned includes green oil (made from green algae) and other developments.

Major universities, colleges, and vocational schools around rio Rrancho add to the attraction of tourists and new residents, as do business incentives and partnerships among business, education, and government to provide education-to-career opportunities and new jobs. stemming.

Rio Rancho is also fun, because of features like the 10-hour Route 66 Tour held nearby. The sceneery and outdoor live are also enjoyable. Hot air balloon festivals add to the fun and the spectical of a sky filled with multicolored flying objects.

FlylineSEMVideo - Local Balloon Fiesta Film

Information Technology Promotes the Magic of New Mexico

BusinessWeek reported that while the construction industry around Rio Rancho declined during the national recession 2008 - 2010, the city continued to grow in economy and population as a result of business developments at local companies like Hewlett Packard and Intel. These are major in Information Technology that ar expanding heavily into Healthcare and Aerispace development, including two new local hospitals and aerospace manufacturing. This all created a boost to the growing film industry as well.

The number of reisdents in Rio Rancho increased 80% in twelve years ending 2012, with 90,000 people.During 4th QTR 2013, over 21,000 jobs were available to thise population. working adults include 59% of that population or about 53,000 people ages 18 through 64. Unmployment is lower than the national average (8.6%) at 7.6% or roughly only 4,000 job seekers. This leaves jobs for other people who may wish to move to Rio Rancho.

You can see a map and data concerning each of the Top 50 Fastest Growing Cities at this link:

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Spaceport New Mexico:
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Information Technology and Movies

Intel Corp. produces new technologies, well-paying jobs, and community services continually in a manner that boosts the growth of Rio Rancho and Albuquerque as well s the state overall. In addition, another local business, Hewlett Packard, was #14 on America's Fortune 500 list in early 2010, set to open open a cutting edge technical support/customer service center in Rio Rancho as well.

DreamWorks Animation in Rio Rancho uses the Intel Encanto Supercomputer to make 3-D films. They help make New Mexico the Hollywood of the Southwest. This DreamWorks-Intel commerical partnership is one of the first from the New Mexico Computing Applications Center. This center joined with the University of New Mexico, the New Mexico Department of IT, National LambdaRail, and Cerelink DMG in order to facilitate this deal. Insigniam Innovation Discovery Center also uses the Encanto, to simulate healthcare delivery models and create a number of new jobs in this vital field in 21st Century healthcare change.

In early 2010, Encanto is the 12th fastest computer globally and the fastest private business computer overall. In 2009, Intel announced its $2.5 Billion in investments for enhancing the Rio Rancho plant to accommodate the manufacture of 32 nanometer chips - smaller, faster, and more energy-efficient. This is responsible for some of the job increase in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque: 1500 new contract jobs in 2009 – 2010.

IT is important to the daily Healthcare Industry, over and above the modeling systems mentioned above. It is used in daily patient record keeping, diagnostics, HR functions, and several other areas. With two new hospitals opening in 2010, Rio Rancho looks to further increase jobs in Healthcare and IT.

Employment Trends - Positive

in 2010, the Rio Rancho job market is strong relative to the rest of America. During 2009 alone, job openings posted increased by 35% , while total US job listings decreased overall of 24%. Rio Rancho is creating jobs. Rio Rancho jobs increased by 101%(doubled) from June 2008 to December 1, 2009; with further Increases expected throughout 2010. This is linked to the expansion of local businesses DreamWorks, Intel, and Hewlett Packard, among others.

Job Listings Increased Throughout 2013, Matching a Surge in 2009

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Best High Demand Jobs In Rio Rancho

Job openings 2010 - 2014 include frequent positions in Education, Healthcare, and Information Technology, inclusing many positions opening up for Aerospace Engineers and Technicians. In addition to the IT business expansion mentioned, two new full-service hospitals opened in Rio Rancho in 2010.

Top Companies Listing Jobs

  1. Presbyterian Healthcare Services
  2. University of New Mexico
  3. Sandia National Laboratory
  4. SAIC
  5. Honeywell
  6. Albuquerque Public Schools
  7. Kentah Group - IT
  8. Oracle - IT
  9. Booz Allen Hamilton
  10. Walt Disney Parks
  11. New Mexico-Albuquerque Staffing
  12. UnitedHealth Group
  13. Lovelace Health System
  14. QinetiQ
  15. Robert Half Technology – with placements at Hewlett Packard, Intel, and healthcare providers.

Also search the state employment link at for job openings across 4 counties convenient to Rio Rancho: Sandoval, Bernalillo, Valencia, and Torrance Counties.

Top 15 Hot Jobs

  1. Physical Therapists
  2. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  3. Occupational Therapists
  4. Part-time Faculty at the University of New Mexico
  5. Full-time Associate and Assistant Professors, U of NM
  6. Office Assistants
  7. Pharmacists
  8. IT Sales Representatives
  9. Speech Language Pathologists
  10. Sales Representatives – Health and Medical.
  11. Automotive Technicians
  12. Administrative Assistants
  13. Pharmacy Technicians
  14. Architects
  15. Project Research Managers - IT


Films in Rio Rancho

Cultural Advantages In Rio Rancho

History and Culture

Closest to Albuquerque, Rio Rancho is also about an hour away from Santa Fee to the north by car, depending on traffic patterns and time of day. It is in the middle of historic Southwest history. Original inhabitants of New Mexico were the Anasazi Nation of Native Americans that met the Spanish explorer Coronado as he arrived in their territory in the 1500s. Many interesting stories, histories, and legends are preserved in historical societies and exhibits in and around Rio Rancho and Albuquerque concerning the interaction of the Anasazi and Europeans. A touch of magic flavors the resulting atmosphere.

Rio Rancho itself did not form until after 1960, established on the boundary of Albuquerque as a small suburb; but, once formed, it gradually grew and incorporated in 1981. The city government and the local Economic Development entity call it the City of Vision, because they intend to keep it growing. This includes highlighting cultural diversity, maintaining and developing infrastructure, welcoming new businesses, attracting new conventions to the Santa Ana Star Center, and increasing tourist traffic. Rio Rancho even boasts its own film studio, which is used increasingly frequently in professional filming. Many events occur in the area that interest visitors:

Rio Rancho and Balloons

Park in the Park Car Show (2009)

Rio Rancho Pork N' Brew

Hot Air Balloons

If you have ever been in a city that has hosted a hot air balloon festival, you know that the horizon filled with balloons at many heights in the early morning looks like an outer space colony or a visit from a delegation from elsewhere in the galaxy. The sight is enough to create wonder even in hard times.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is known globally and enjoyed by all ages from International cultures as well as our own. It occurs during the traditional time of many circuses, and state and county fairs in US history – October. The sight of balloons join the aromas of locally grown roasted chile peppers and the thrill of taking a balloon ride. In 2010, over 700 hot air balloons are scheduled for arrival. Rio Rancho is very close to the filed used by the festival and offers a number of high quality accommodations. No only individuals and families, but all a variety of groups and bus tours travel to Rio Rancho to enjoy the balloon festival.At least nine outfits with FAA-certified pilots offer balloon rides all year long.

Car Shows

Besides balloons, Rio Rancho/Albuquerque offers its Park 'N the Park classic car show every year, free of charge. The show features a number of activities and showcases automobiles, pickups, and other street-legal vehicles that were manufactured in 1980 and previously. The car show is a complete festival, with music, concessions, exhibits, clowns, raffles and prizes, and hundreds of cars from the oldest antiques to street rods and trucks.

Pork and Monster Truck Festival

Rio Rancho holds a yearly two-day Pork & Brew and Monster Truck Winter Nationals in March. The Pork & Brew BBQ State Championship is held at the pork festival next to the Winter Nationals and a variety of live entertainment and country-fair type activities.

Sports and Recreation

Indoor and outdoor sports facilities include biking and hiking trails, several large sports arenas and complexes, local high school athletic fields, the Santa Ana Star Center, bowling lanes, and at least a dozen golf courses. Local sports teams include the New Mexico Scorpions, minor league hockey; New Mexico Wildcats indoor football; an indoor soccer league; and the amateur New Mexico Strongman competitions.

The Arts In Rio Rancho

  • Indian Pueblo Cultural Center - Owned and operated as a business by the 19 Pueblo Tribes of New Mexico, the museum offers Native Southwest cultural diversity and history. Its restaurant features banquet facilities next to gift shops. Demonstrations include traditional dances and handicrafts presented every week.
  • National Hispanic Cultural Center

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      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      Hello, Patty, and thank you for your information and I am glad to have learned something else. Thank you.

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      9 years ago

      Patty Inglish, MS

      Very informative. :) Sounds like a "hopping" place



    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Anasazi are LIKELY ancestors of MORE modern Peublo peoples living in the area, so Anasazi itself is from archaeology and means "ancient ones."

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      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      I greatly enjoyed the information and history. Are there still Anasazi people living there? Thank you.

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      Michael Flynn 

      9 years ago

      Your information is superb as always. I very impressed with all of your blogs.

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      9 years ago from Florida

      Sounds like an interesting place to visit or live. Some jobs there too. Thanks Nice Hub.


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