New Mexico’s largest city is Albuquerque, which was one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States in the second half of the 20th century. From 35,449 in 1940 the city’s population rose to 504,949 in 2006.
Santa Fe (72,056 people in 2006), the state capital, is the second oldest city in the United States, after Saint Augustine, Florida. It is known for its narrow winding streets, adobe and colonial buildings, and restrictive zoning. Roswell (45,582) is the chief city of the Pecos Valley and eastern New Mexico. Las Cruces (86,268) and Alamogordo (36,069) are the main cities of the southern part of the state. Farmington (43,573) is the principal city in the northwest. Los Alamos (18,822) is a modern city located in the forest on the Pajarito Plateau along the eastern side of the Jemez Mountains. The site was selected by the federal government in 1942 as a location for nuclear research. Carlsbad (25,410) is famous for its underground caverns. Taos (5,193), although small, is one of the nation’s notable art centers. "New Mexico" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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