Albuquerque, New Mexico - is the county seat of Bernalillo County, situated in the central part of the state, straddling the Rio Grande. The city population was 555,417 as of July 1, 2012, the 32nd-largest city in the U.S. Albuquerque is home to the
University of New Mexico (UNM), Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), Presbyterian Health Services,
Kirtland Air Force Base, Sandia National Laboratories, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, and
Petroglyph National Monument. The
Sandia Mountains run along the eastern side of Albuquerque, and the Rio Grande flows through the city, north to south.
John Gaw Meem, credited with developing and popularizing the
Pueblo Revival style, was based in Santa Fe but received an important Albuquerque commission in 1933 as the architect of the University of New Mexico. He retained this commission for the next quarter-century and developed the University's distinctive Southwest style. Meem also designed the Cathedral Church of St. John in 1950.
Albuquerque has an arid
desert climate and hot summers in the northern tip of the
Chihuahuan Desert, near the edge of the Colorado Plateau. Albuquerque has been featured in Hollywood movies such as Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Sunshine Cleaning (2008), and Brothers (2009).
The fictional Despicable Me character Gru jokingly said that he originated from Albuquerque on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on May 29, 2013. All three of Disney's High School Musical movies are set in Albuquerque, at the fictional Albuquerque East High School (Wildcats) whose athletic (and academic) rivals are the fictional Albuquerque West High School (Knights). Actors French Stewart,
Freddie Prinze Jr., Seth Adkins and Demi Lovato hail from Albuquerque.