Part of the Albuquerque metropolitan area in Northern New Mexico, Bernalillo has a variety of art, history, and cultural attractions for retirees to enjoy. Whether active adults are looking for scenic landscapes, hiking trails, or historical significance, Bernalillo will deliver as the perfect retirement location.
Climate & Geography
Residents of Bernalillo experience summers that are hot with cold, dry winters. Bernalillo receives less than half the amount of rain and snowfall than the national average and there are about 275 sunny days per year.
Bernalillo lies on the northwestern slope of the Sandia Mountains in the Albequerque Basin. The Rio Grande runs through the town.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
History lovers will have their hands full with the amount of historic sites around Bernalillo. To name a few: Jemez Historic Site features a 500 year old village, the Coronado State Monument showcases ancient ruins and pre-Columbian art, Los Luceros Historic Site is rich with historically rich properties, and Fort Selden Historic Site preserves more than 1400 years of history.
There is no lack of natural beauty in Bernalillo. The Sandia Mountains offer scenic hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing. A ride on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway to the 10,378-foot peak of the mountain offers a panoramic view of the city like no other. During the winter, active adults can visit Sandia Peak Ski Area for winter sports recreation.
Albuquerque is less than 30 minutes from Bernalillo and provides additional recreation and entertainment.
Cost of Living & Taxes
In New Mexico, Social Security benefits, retirement accounts and pensions are taxable. A retirement income exemption of up to $8,000 is available when certain requirements are met. Low-income active adults may also be eligible for a property tax credit. Though the cost of living index in Bernalillo is higher than the state average, the index is lower than the national average. There is a 7.19 percent sales tax in Bernalillo.
There are eight hospitals within 15 miles of Bernalillo. Presbyterian Hospital is ranked No. 1 in New Mexico and is rated as high performing in four procedures by U.S. News.