UNIVERSITIES & COLLEGES
Placitas, NM is located within proximity to a number of institutions of higher learning, such as the University of New Mexico, Central New Mexico Community College, and National American University. Other universities and colleges such as the Art Center Design College, Trinity Southwest University, and Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute are all located in the Albuquerque metro area.
ECONOMY & JOB MARKET
Residents of Placitas are fortunate to live in an area where the area’s economy is strong and the workforce is thriving. In fact, Forbes Magazine has ranked the City of Albuquerque as one of “The Nation’s Best Cities for Business and Careers” and the thirteenth best metropolitan area out of 200 in 2008. Large employers that contribute to the overall economy of the greater Albuquerque area include General Mills, GE, TempurPedic, Intel, Sandia National Laboratories, Northrop Grumman, and Kirtland Air Force Base. Commuting from Placitas to the Albuquerque metro area consists of a thirty minute drive.
COMMUNITY EVENTS & THINGS TO DO
Residents of Placitas are proud to live in an area where the definition of the word ‘community’ is truly taken to heart. Residents support both the visual and musical arts by attending the popular Placitas Artists Series concerts and through local and statewide art fairs. Other community-wide events such as Placitas Appreciation Day, the Fourth of July celebration and parade with its spectacular fireworks show at the Santa Ana Pueblo, annual rodeos, and the Wine Festival at the Anasazi Fields Winery encourage residents to come together and reconnect with friends and neighbors.
If you’re looking to spend the day in the outdoors, then you’re in luck; once you take a look around the surroundings you’ll quickly realize that life is blossoming everywhere throughout the desert. The Jemez Range and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains provide breathtaking scenic views day and night and once the winter months come in, you simply can’t help but admire the snow capped Sandia Mountains. If you’d like to enjoy the view comfortably, many local restaurants and cafes offer outdoor (and indoor) seating with views of the mountains and desert.
Let’s also not forget that the greater Albuquerque metro area offers residents an array of activities, entertainment, and cultural amenities for all to enjoy. Whether you’re looking to take to the skies in a hot air balloon, or are looking to shop for Native American pottery and works of art, or are just looking to cruise historic Route 66, there’s something for everyone in Albuquerque.
PARKS & RECREATION
Golfers of all skill levels will be pleased to know that the community of Placitas is within distance to quite a few golf courses, including the Santa Ana Golf Club, Twin Warriors Golf Club, Sun County PGA, Sandia Golf Club, Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club, Chamisa Hills Golf and Country Club, and the Tanoan Country Club, among many others. Many more golf courses and tennis clubs are also located within the greater Albuquerque area. Other popular pastimes for residents include mountain biking and cycling. Residents and visitors are encouraged to take advantage of Albuquerque’s many biking trails, which have been recognized by Bicycling Magazine as the “Third best place to bike in the U.S.”
During the winter months, residents and visitors flock to the Albuquerque metro area for its ski resorts as New Mexico features some of the longest cruising terrains and trails for cross-country skiing, and plenty of terrain parks for snowboarders. From the desert to the slopes, Albuquerque has it all.
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