Albuquerque is the largest city in the state of New Mexico.
Albuquerque is home to the University of New Mexico (UNM), and Petroglyph National Monument. The Sandia Mountains run along the eastern side of Albuquerque and the Rio Grande flows through the city.
Recognized as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the country, Albuquerque’s Mexican, Spanish, Native and Anglo populations have contributed greatly to its architecture, artwork, and its cuisine. The state question “Red or Green?” has to do with how people like their chile—the traditional roasted hatch green chile from southern New Mexico (particularly Hatch), or the dark rich smoky red chile from Northern New Mexico. Albuquerque also includes strong African American, Asian, Middle Eastern and other ethnic communities, creating a unique and modern Southwestern blend comprising more than 70 ethnicities. The growing International District offers restaurants of many of these cultures.
In terms of gay and lesbian culture, Albuquerque and Santa Fe have some of the largest gay and lesbian populations per capita of any cities in the U.S. As of 2011, Santa Fe ranked # 7 in the country for number of same-sex couples living together on a per capita basis, Albuquerque was #22.