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Albuquerque is the largest city in the state of New Mexico, United States. It is the county seat of Bernalillo County and is situatied in the central part of the state, straddling the Rio Grande. The city population of was 521,999 as of July 1, 2008, according to U.S. Census estimates, and ranks the 34th largest city in the U.S. As of 2007, the city was the 6th fastest growing in America. With a metropolitan population of 845,913 as of July 1, 2008, Albuquerque is the 59th largest United States metropolitan area. The Albuquerque MSA population includes the city of Rio Rancho, one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. Rought half of the population of the State of New Mexico lives in the Albuquerque area.
Albuquerque is home to the University of New Mexico, Kirtland Airforce Base, Sandia National Laboratories, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, and Petroglyph National Monument. The Sandia Mountains run along the eastern side of Albuequerque, and the Rio Grande flows through the city, north to south.
Albuquerque lies at the center of the New Mexico Technology Corridor, a concentration of high-tech private companies and government institutions along the Rio Grande. Larger institutions whose employees contribute to the population are numerous and include Sandia National Laboratories, Kirtland Air Force Base, and the attendant contracting companies which bring highly educated workes to a somewhat isolated region. Intel operates a large semiconductor factory just outside the city boundaries of suburban Rio Rancho, in neighboring Sandoval County, with its attendant large capital investment. Northrop Grumman is located along I-25 in northeast Albuquerque, and TempurPedic is located on the West Mesa next to I-40.
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