Albuquerque is located in central New Mexico, and is its largest city. It covers 190 sq.mi/ 491 sq.km, and is the 32nd largest city in the United States by population. The Albuquerque metropolitan area covers four separate counties - Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia, and has a population of approximately 887,000.
The city is divided roughly into quadrants. The north-south axis is Broadway Boulevard. The east-west axis is Central Avenue. City streets often include a quadrant designation that can be critical, as many streets are numbered.