The elevation of Albuquerque, N.M. is 5,326 feet. The city is located in the central part of the state. Albuquerque has a total land area of 187 square miles and total water area of just 1.8 square miles.
Albuquerque has one of the highest elevations of major cities in the United States. The city is situated within the Chihuahuan Desert ecoregion, and has an arid desert climate consisting of mild winters and very warm summers. The city receives little rain and snow with annual precipitation totals of less than 10 inches. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city had a population of 555,417 in 2012.