Money Magazine Ranks Rio Rancho Among '100 Best Places to Live' - Again!
Money Magazine's annual list of "100 Best Places To Live" for 2012 was released August 20, and it puts Rio Rancho at number 58 among America's best small cities.
Rio Rancho mayor Tom Swisstack observed, "This recognition is a reflection of the community's long standing commitment to invest resources in education and public safety, as well as the great strides that have been made over the past few years to improve access to health care and make more jobs available. Every community member should take great pride in knowing their city is recognized as one of the best in the country."
To create this year's list of America's best small cities (communities with populations of 50,000 to 300,000), the magazine took into consideration factors such as job opportunities, schools, low crime, and health care.
Since 2008, Rio Rancho has also been recognized by Fortune Small Business magazine as one of the 100 best places to live and launch a business, and Bloomberg Businessweek named Rio Rancho one of America's 100 fastest-growing cities and as New Mexico's best place to raise kids.
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It may be eight hundred miles to the nearest ocean, but that doesn't mean you can't visit a beach in Albuquerque! Tingley Beach recreational area is located south of Central Avenue on the east side of the Rio Grande. It is part of the Albuquerque Biological Park complex. The series of ponds, originally known as Conservancy Beach, was built during the 1930s by diverting water from the Rio Grande. It was renamed in the 1950's to honor former New Mexico Governor Clyde Tingley.
The beach was closed to swimmers in the 1950s and was used primarily for fishing. In 2004, under the direction of Mayor Martin Chavez, the City Of Albuquerque began a major renovation of the area. The beach was reopened to the public in 2005, and The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) awarded Tingley Beach the '2008 North American Conservation Award'.
Tingley Beach features fishing ponds for adults and children, a model boating pond, paddle boats, nature trails, a gift shop, a restaurant, and a narrow-gauge railroad connecting Tingley Beach with the Rio Grande Botanic Garden, Albuquerque Aquarium, and Rio Grande Zoo.