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Albuquerque is a city and the county seat of Bernalillo County, New Mexico U.S.A.. It is situated in the central part of the state, about 325 miles southwest of Denver, Colorado, straddling the Rio Grande, at an average altitude of 5200 feet. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 448,607. The metropolitan area has a population 712,738 and includes the city of Rio Rancho, one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Albuquerque is also home to the University of New Mexico and Kirtland Air Force Base as well as Sandia National Laboratories and Petroglyph National Monument. Nestled between the Sandia Mountains and the Rio Grande river, Albuquerque's climate is usually sunny and dry.

The city hosts the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta every October.The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta started in 1972.

Albuquerque geography

Albuquerque is located at 35°6'39" North, 106°36'36" West (35.110703, -106.609991).

The Sandia Mountains which include Sandia Peak are situated to the East of the city. The Sandia Peak Tramway runs from the base of the mountain to the peak, and is the longest aerial tramway in the world.

The Rio Grande River runs through the city, flowing North to South as it passes down through central New Mexico.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 469.5 km² (181.3 mi²). 467.9 km² (180.6 mi²) of it is land and 1.7 km² (0.6 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.35% water.

Albuquerque history

The old Spanish town of Alburquerque was founded in 1706, and was named in honour of the Duke of Alburquerque, viceroy of New Spain from 1702 to 1710. The first "r" was dropped at some point in the 19th century, supposedly by an Anglo-American station-master unable to correctly pronounce the city's name. During the Civil War it was occupied, late in February 1862, by Confederate troops under General Henry Hopkins Sibley, who soon afterwards advanced with his main body into northern New Mexico. In his retreat back into Texas he made a stand on the 8th of April 1862 at Albuquerque, where during the whole day there was a fight at long range and with few casualties against a detachment of Union soldiers commanded by Colonel Edward R. S. Canby.

The original extra "r" in Alburquerque is remembered in a modern local slang term for the city: Burque. Additionally, the Central Avenue Trolley Buses were emblazoned with the name Alburquerque in honor of the city's historic name.

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