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Top 5 Family Friendly Places in Bernalillo County

Bernalillo county is an attractive place for families with young children as well as those with teenagers. There are plenty of local attractions in Albuquerque, New Mexico's largest city, to keep families occupied and having fun and exceptional charter schools in the area provide residents with exemplary educational opportunities. Parks and recreation throughout Bernalillo county provide plenty of green space and outdoor activities for exercise and after hours fun, making this area widely attractive to the young, and the young at heart.


Located just 15 miles from Albuquerque, Bernalillo is an ideal town for families to live in. The area is abundant with green space and features a number of local playgrounds, picnic areas, and ball fields that are sure to provide ample fun for children of all ages. A number of cultural events are held throughout the year in Bernalillo and a rich historic appeal attracts visitors to the area. The community is friendly and accepting which makes for a comfortable atmosphere for families to live.

Los Ranchos de Albuquerque

The area of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque is a nice place for families to live offering a vast agricultural land area and easy access to the areas of North Valley and Albuquerque. Many outdoor activities are provided in the area for families to take part in including hiking and hunting in the Sandia Mountains. Los Ranchos de Albuquerque has pristine views of the mountains and the area is ideal for spotting some interesting animals such as llamas, goats and peacocks in the wild.


As the state's largest city, crime rates are a bit higher when compared to the many smaller towns that surround it, but there is an abundance of opportunity here for families. Local attractions include amusement parks, outdoor picnic areas, shopping and various things to see and do. The schools in the area are exceptional and parents can appreciate a close commute to many major corporations and businesses for work purposes. A prime location for exceptional schools in Bernalillo with an easy commute in the heart of it all.

North Valley

The area of North Valley is home to more than 12K people and an attractive place for families to live. An estimated 30% of homes in the area have children and above average household income in the area makes this a relatively comfortable area for families to live. North Valley has a lower than average crime rate so families living here can feel safe in their home town. Cibola High School, Valley High School and Taylor Middle School are the most locally zoned schools for the North Valley area.

South Valley

The area of South Valley is ideal for families with school aged children to live. The South Valley Academy is located a short distance outside of the town in nearby Albuquerque and students living in South Valley are zoned to attend this school. The Academy features a number of AP courses and the student involvement in these courses is more than 50%. South Valley is one of 34 high schools in the Albuquerque public school system and ranked number 2 overall as best school in New Mexico.

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