Albuquerque, New Mexico maybe the largest city in New Mexico, but it is only the 32nd largest city in the nation. According to the US Census Bureau, 2011 population estimates put Albuquerque just above the 550,000 mark. Considered an epicenter of Southwestern culture, Albuquerque is distinguished by its Spanish and Native American inspired architecture and cuisine.
In a 2012 study, TLC.com listed Albuquerque as the fourth best family friendly city. This study is based on Albuquerque’s lower-than-national average cost of living, stable economy with low unemployment rate, diverse culture, and great year-round weather. TLC’s study follows years of family friendly praise from as far back as a 1998 study, which called Albuquerque the eighth most polite city in the nation. This study was conducted by storied etiquette expert Marjabelle Young Stewart.
The "Q" or "Burque", as Albuquerque is often called, also offers budget friendly entertainment and nightlife options. The monthly ARTScrawl explores the cities many art galleries. The Summerfest series of daytime events and nighttime concerts is a perfect venue of activities for families and singles alike. The Summerfest event shows off the cultural diversity of the city from Native American dancers and singers to Rock and Rockabilly bands. The festival won’t break the bank either because it’s free to the public. The City of Albuquerque also offers accommodation not always found in other cities across the country. For example, Albuquerque offers all residents and visitors free WiFi access throughout the city.