The population of this geographic region, which incorporates other major Mountain West cities such as Denver and Colorado Springs, is 5,467,633 according to the 2010 United States Census.
Petroglyphs carved into basalt in the western part of the city bear testimony to an early Native American presence in the area, now preserved in the Petroglyph National Monument.
The growing village was named by provincial governor Francisco Cuervo y Valdés.
The Duke's title referred to the Spanish town of Alburquerque, in the province of Badajoz, near the border with Portugal.
Albuquerque serves as the county seat of Bernalillo County, and is in north-central New Mexico.
The Sandia Mountains run along the eastern side of Albuquerque, and the Rio Grande flows through the city.
Of these, 12 or 13 were densely clustered near present-day Bernalillo and the remainder were spread out to the south.
S., ranging from in the foothill areas of Sandia Heights and Glenwood Hills.
The Albuquerque MSA population includes the cities of Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Placitas, Corrales, Los Lunas, Belen, and Bosque Farms, and forms part of the larger Albuquerque–Santa Fe–Las Vegas combined statistical area, with a total population of 1,171,991 in 2016.