Albuquerque by the Sandia Mountains in New Mexico, USA
Albuquerque is the largest city in the state of New Mexico, United States. It is the county seat of Bernalillo County and is situated in the central part of the state within the northern, upper edges of the Chihuahuan Desert ecoregion. In this orthorectified image the Sandia Mountains can be observed running along the eastern side of the city, and the Rio Grande can be seen flowing through the city center.
Albuquerque has one of the highest elevations of any major city in the United States, though the effects of this are greatly tempered by its southwesterly continental position. The elevation of the city ranges from 4,900 feet (1,490 m) above sea level near the Rio Grande (in the Valley) to over 6,700 feet (1,950 m) in the foothill areas of Sandia Heights and Glenwood Hills.
The population of Albuquerque was 521,999 as of July 1, 2008, according to U.S. census estimates, and with a metropolitan population of 845,913 as of the same date, Albuquerque is the 59th-largest United States metropolitan area. Roughly half of the population of the state of New Mexico lives in the Albuquerque area.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Albuquerque has a total area of 181.3 square miles (469.6 km²). 180.6 square miles (467.8 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²) of it (0.35%) is water. The metro area has over 1,000 square miles (2,600 km2) developed.