Hey, I hope I didn't sound argumentative. If so I didn't mean it.
Anyway, abqsunport's post above illustrates that there are compelling reasons to live in various parts of Albuquerque depending on what you value. Albuquerque is nice in that it really has something for everyone (or, at least, almonst everyone).
I hope that my post and finmaq's and abqsunport's illustrate just how complicated the neighborhood situation is here thus why one shouldn't just 'jump in at the deep end'.
Spend some time here, even if only a couple of weeks, and you will likely be a lot happier with where you put your roots and your money down.