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Why Rio Rancho?
Rio Rancho is the 3rd largest city in New Mexico, the fastest growing community in the state, and one of the fastest growing in the southwest. With a population of 92,000, Rio Rancho was recognized as one of “America’s 50 Best Cities to Live” citing exceptional public schools and well below national average crime rates (24/7 Wall Street). Rio Rancho sits at an elevation of approximately 5,290 feet and enjoys a picturesque view of the Sandia Mountains. 

The community has been recognized by Family Circle Magazine as one of the 10 best towns for families in 2013.  Money Magazine ranked the city as one of the 100 best places to live in America in 2005, 2006, 2010, and 2012. In April 2008,  Fortune Small Business Magazine ranked Rio Rancho as the 83rd best place to live and launch a business in the United States. In November of 2008, BusinessWeek Magazine named Rio Rancho as New Mexico's best place to raise kids in 2009. Rio Rancho received this same honor from the magazine for 2010.

Census Bureau Population
The following table contains population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Yearly population estimate information from the Census Bureau is released each July and lags one year behind the actual calendar year. As of July 1, 2014, Rio Rancho's population estimate is 93,820.

Historic Population Estimates
 2010  2000 1990
87,521 51,785 32,505

According to the Census Bureau’s Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010, the median age of the City of Rio Rancho’s population is 34.7, 51.3 percent of the population is female as compared to 48.7 percent male, the average household size is 2.72 and the average family size is 3.19. Visit the U.S. Census Bureau online.

Central Business District
The City is in the process of developing City Center, Rio Rancho's Central Business District. City Center is located in the geographic center of Rio Rancho's municipal boundaries. 

City Center will ultimately provide business opportunities for the traditional mix of retail, office, entertainment and dining venues.

Gross Receipts Tax
The City of Rio Rancho's current gross receipts tax rate is 7.4375 percent as of Jan. 1, 2011. Visit the State of New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department website for more gross receipts tax information.