Sandia Heights, New Mexico

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Population in 2010: 3,193.
Males: 1,588  (49.8%)
Females: 1,605  (50.2%)
Median resident age:

64.2 years
New Mexico median age:

37.7 years
Estimated median household income in 2017: $51,005
Sandia Heights:

$51,005
NM:

$46,744

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $28,805

Sandia Heights CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $198,000
Sandia Heights:

$198,000
NM:

$171,300

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $452,065; detached houses: $482,876; townhouses or other attached units: $194,519

Median gross rent in 2017: $1,145.

March 2019 cost of living index in Sandia Heights: 94.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 2.7%
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  • Races in Sandia Heights, NM (2017)
    • 2,69880.6%White alone
    • 1885.6%Hispanic
    • 1514.5%Asian alone
    • 1454.3%Two or more races
    • 601.8%American Indian alone
    • 290.9%Black alone
    • 190.6%Other race alone

Races in Sandia Heights detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

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Ancestries: German (17.5%), English (15.6%), Irish (6.1%), British (4.6%), Pennsylvania German (3.0%), Scotch-Irish (3.0%).

Current Local Time: MST time zone

318 residents are foreign born (3.9% Europe, 1.2% Latin America).

This place:

9.5%
New Mexico:

9.7%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $4,056 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $3,776 (0.9%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Albuquerque, NM (8.1 miles , pop. 448,607).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Phoenix, AZ (338.7 miles , pop. 1,321,045).

Nearest cities:

Edith Endave, NM (2.4 miles ),
Sandia Park, NM (2.7 miles ),
Pueblo of Sandia Village, NM (2.7 miles ),
North Valley, NM (2.7 miles ),
La Madera, NM (2.7 miles),
Carnuel, NM (2.8 miles ),
Albuquerque, NM (2.9 miles ),
Cedar Crest, NM (2.9 miles )

Latitude: 35.18 N, Longitude: 106.49 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 505

Distribution of median household income in Sandia Heights, NM in 2017
Distribution of house value in Sandia Heights, NM in 2017
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

4.1%
New Mexico:

4.6%
Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI CO NO2 SO2 Ozone PM10 PM2.5 Pb
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 94.7. This is worse than average.

City:

94.7
U.S.:

74.2
Carbon Monoxide Level

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2018 was 0.228. This is about average. Closest monitor was 5.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.228
U.S.:

0.267
Nitrogen Dioxide Level

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 10.3. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 6.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

10.3
U.S.:

5.6
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 0.530. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 6.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.530
U.S.:

1.789
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 34.5. This is about average. Closest monitor was 3.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

34.5
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 23.6. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 5.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

23.6
U.S.:

19.6
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 3.58. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 1.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

3.58
U.S.:

8.46
Lead Level

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2004 was 0.00263. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 6.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.00263
U.S.:

0.00984

Earthquake activity:

Sandia Heights-area historical earthquake activity is near New Mexico state average. It is 143% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 1/29/1990 at 13:16:10, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 LG, Depth: 7.5 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 54.1 miles away from the city center
On 6/28/1992 at 11:57:34, a magnitude 7.6 (6.2 MB, 7.6 MS, 7.3 MW, Depth: 0.7 mi, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 575.0 miles away from the city center, causing 3 deaths (1 shaking deaths, 2 other deaths) and 400 injuries, causing $100,000,000 total damage and $40,000,000 insured losses
On 10/16/1999 at 09:46:44, a magnitude 7.4 (6.3 MB, 7.4 MS, 7.2 MW, 7.3 ML) earthquake occurred 566.1 miles away from the city center
On 5/19/1940 at 04:36:40, a magnitude 7.2 (7.2 UK) earthquake occurred 543.5 miles away from Sandia Heights center, causing $33,000,000 total damage
On 8/10/2005 at 22:08:22, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 154.3 miles away from Sandia Heights center
On 11/8/1990 at 10:46:53, a magnitude 4.4 (4.4 MB, 4.3 MD, Depth: 3.8 mi) earthquake occurred 54.5 miles away from Sandia Heights center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Bernalillo County (8) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Fires: 5, Floods: 2, Storms: 2, Hurricane: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Sandia Heights:

  • VISTA SANDIA HOSP (Hospital, about 2 miles away; ALBUQUERQUE, NM)
  • MONTEBELLO ON ACADEMY (THE) (Nursing Home, about 3 miles away; ALBUQUERQUE, NM)
  • ST CATHERINE HEALTHCARE AND REHABILITATION CTR (Nursing Home, about 3 miles away; ALBUQUERQUE, NM)
  • LAS PALOMAS CARE AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Nursing Home, about 4 miles away; ALBUQUERQUE, NM)
  • LA VIDA LLENA (Nursing Home, about 4 miles away; ALBUQUERQUE, NM)
  • CANYON TRANSITIONAL REHABILITATION CENTER (Nursing Home, about 4 miles away; ALBUQUERQUE, NM)
  • VISTACARE (Hospital, about 5 miles away; ALBUQUERQUE, NM)

Amtrak station near Sandia Heights:

  • 11 miles: ALBUQUERQUE (214 FIRST ST. SW) . Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, call for car rental service, call for taxi service, intercity bus service, public transit connection.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Sandia Heights:

  • University of Phoenix-Albuquerque Campus (about 6 miles; Albuquerque, NM; Full-time enrollment: 2,335)
  • University of New Mexico-Main Campus (about 10 miles; Albuquerque, NM; FT enrollment: 23,042)
  • Central New Mexico Community College (about 11 miles; Albuquerque, NM; FT enrollment: 19,398)
  • Santa Fe Community College (about 40 miles; Santa Fe, NM; FT enrollment: 3,047)
  • New Mexico Highlands University (about 78 miles; Las Vegas, NM; FT enrollment: 2,931)
  • San Juan College (about 145 miles; Farmington, NM; FT enrollment: 5,112)
  • Adams State University (about 163 miles; Alamosa, CO; FT enrollment: 2,805)

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Bernalillo County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Average household size:
This place:

2.1 people
New Mexico:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

72.5%
Whole state:

65.5%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

4.6%
Whole state:

8.2%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.9% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households

For population 15 years and over in Sandia Heights:

Marital status in Sandia Heights, NM
  • Never married: 9.1%
  • Now married: 73.9%
  • Separated: 1.1%
  • Widowed: 6.1%
  • Divorced: 9.8%

For population 25 years and over in Sandia Heights:

  • High school or higher: 99.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 73.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 46.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.0 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.1
New Mexico average:

12.7

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Sandia Heights, NM (based on Bernalillo County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic175,26644
Evangelical Protestant81,470220
Other27,66574
Mainline Protestant25,03159
Orthodox1,6443
Black Protestant1,62512
None349,863-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 85
Bernalillo County:

1.35 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

1.44 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 11
This county:

0.18 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.21 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 11
Bernalillo County:

0.18 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

0.32 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 189
Bernalillo County:

3.01 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.06 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 437
Bernalillo County:

6.96 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

5.3%
New Mexico:

6.4%
Adult obesity rate:
Bernalillo County:

20.0%
New Mexico:

22.1%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Bernalillo County:

9.8%
New Mexico:

11.5%

5.46% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($48,520 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.46%
New Mexico average:

6.21%

0.08% of residents moved from foreign countries ($687 average AGI)
Bernalillo County:

0.08%
New Mexico average:

0.10%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Sandoval County, NM  0.70% ($44,107 average AGI)
from Santa Fe County, NM  0.28% ($45,001)
from Valencia County, NM  0.27% ($36,111)


5.64% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($54,393 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.64%
New Mexico average:

6.56%

0.07% of residents moved to foreign countries ($721 average AGI)
Bernalillo County:

0.07%
New Mexico average:

0.09%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Sandoval County, NM  0.86% ($48,313 average AGI)
to Maricopa County, AZ  0.25% ($60,709)
to Valencia County, NM  0.25% ($39,674)

Strongest AM radio stations in Sandia Heights:

  • KKIM (1000 AM; 10 kW; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: AGM-NEVADA, LLC)
  • KDEF (1150 AM; 5 kW; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: RAMH CORPORATION)
  • KANM (1600 AM; 10 kW; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: ARAGON BROADCASTING COMPANY, L.L.C.)
  • KKNS (1310 AM; 5 kW; CORRALES, NM; Owner: SIMMONS-NM, LS, LLC)
  • KXKS (1190 AM; 10 kW; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KNML (610 AM; 5 kW; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KKOB (770 AM; 50 kW; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KABQ (1350 AM; 5 kW; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KKJY (1550 AM; 5 kW; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: VANGUARD MEDIA, L.L.C)
  • KALY (1240 AM; 1 kW; LOS RANCHOS DE ALBUQ, NM; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • KSVA (920 AM; 1 kW; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: LIFETALK RADIO, INC.)
  • KRZY (1450 AM; 1 kW; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KDAZ (730 AM; 1 kW; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: PAN AMERICAN BROADCASTING CO., INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Sandia Heights:

  • KKOB-FM (93.3 FM; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KLYT (88.3 FM; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: CONNECTION COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATION, INC.)
  • KTZO (103.3 FM; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KUNM (89.9 FM; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: BOARD OF REGENTS UNIV. OF NEW MEXICO)
  • KANW (89.1 FM; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: BD. OF EDUC. CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE, NM)
  • KBQI (107.9 FM; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KBZU (96.3 FM; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KMGA (99.5 FM; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KZRR (94.1 FM; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • K265CA (100.9 FM; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KPEK (100.3 FM; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KRST (92.3 FM; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KFLQ (91.5 FM; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: FAMILY LIFE BROADCASTING SYSTEM)
  • K213BT (90.5 FM; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • KVVF (101.7 FM; RIO RANCHO, NM; Owner: HBC LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • KNKT (107.1 FM; ARMIJO, NM; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF ALBUQUERQUE, INC.)
  • KIOT (102.5 FM; LOS LUNAS, NM; Owner: HBC LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • KTEG (104.7 FM; BOSQUE FARMS, NM; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KRZY-FM (105.9 FM; SANTA FE, NM; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KAJZ (105.1 FM; SANTA FE, NM; Owner: HBC LICENSE CORPORATION)

TV broadcast stations around Sandia Heights:

  • KWBQ (Channel 19; SANTA FE, NM; Owner: ACME TV LICENSES OF NEW MEXICO, LLC)
  • KASA-TV (Channel 2; SANTA FE, NM; Owner: RAYCOM NATIONAL, INC.)
  • KOAT-TV (Channel 7; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: KOAT HEARST-ARGYLE TELEVISION, INC.)
  • KNME-TV (Channel 5; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: REGENTS OF THE UNIV. OF NEW MEXICO)
  • KASY-TV (Channel 50; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: ACME TV LICENSES OF NEW MEXICO, LLC)
  • K46GY (Channel 46; SANTA FE, NM; Owner: RAMAR COMMUNICATIONS II, LTD.)
  • KYNM-LP (Channel 61; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: BELMAX BROADCASTING LLC)
  • KRQE (Channel 13; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: EMMIS TELEVISION LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • KTVS-LP (Channel 59; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: ALPHA OMEGA BROADCASTING OF ALBUQUERQUE, INC.)
  • KLUZ-TV (Channel 41; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KAZQ (Channel 32; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: ALPHA OMEGA BROADCASTING OF ALBUQUERQUE, INC.)
  • K56FB (Channel 56; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: RAMAR COMMUNICATIONS II, LTD.)
  • KTFQ (Channel 14; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: TELEFUTURA TELEVISION GROUP, INC.)
  • KOB-TV (Channel 4; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: KOB-TV, LLC)
  • KTEL-LP (Channel 53; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: RAMAR COMMUNICATIONS II, LTD.)
  • KTFA-LP (Channel 48; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KNAT-TV (Channel 23; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • K43HW (Channel 43; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: JOSEPH W. SHAFFER)
  • K17DD (Channel 17; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: THREE ANGELS BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 4Number of bridges
  • 10ft / 3.4mTotal length
  • 9,835Total average daily traffic
  • 716Total average daily truck traffic
  • 8,183Total future (year 2037) average daily traffic

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 2
  • Hazardous Condition: 1
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Sandia Heights, NM
  • 82.2%Utility gas
  • 13.7%Electricity
  • 2.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.2%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Sandia Heights, NM
  • 51.9%Electricity
  • 48.1%Utility gas


Sandia Heights compared to New Mexico state average:

  • Median house value significantly above state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in below state average.
  • Number of rooms per house above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly above state average.

Sandia Heights on our top lists:

  • #71 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most people having Master's or Doctorate degrees (population 500+)"
  • #12 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for 3rd party candidates in the 2012 Presidential Election"
  • #21 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #22 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #38 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #59 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that exercised in the past month"
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