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Kirtland Air Force Base

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Off Base Neighborhoods

Military families have many options to live off base near Kirtland AFB. Because the base is right next to Albuquerque, some families prefer the excitement and activity in the downtown Albuquerque neighborhoods. Going further from the base gates, families recommend the neighborhoods of Four Hills to the East, or Enchanted Hills of Paradise Hills to the North of base.

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On Base Housing

Hunt Military Communities manages the housing on base at Kirtland AFB. Most of the housing is in The Villages, with 2, 3, or 4-bedroom options, divided by rank and family size. These homes are newer and larger. The other neighborhood is Pershing Park, with older single-story duplex homes in 2, 3, or 4-bedroom layouts. On base housing has access to parks, playgrounds, walking areas, and sports courts.

Schools

There are two elementary schools on base: Wherry Elementary and Sandia Base Elementary. The rest of the students who reside on base attend school in the Albuquerque Public School District. There are many public and private schools serving students in all grade levels. Homeschooling is also an option for parents; call the New Mexico Public Education Department Home School Office for more details.

Cost of Living and BAH

BAH for Kirkland AFB is calculated by the main gate's zip code, which is in Albuquerque, NM 87123. Kirtland Air Force Base BAH ranges from $1,056 to $1,548 for enlisted. BAH at Kirtland begins at $1,173 for O1 without dependents and goes up to $1,911 for O7 with dependents.

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Housing Costs

New Mexico has a low cost of living compared to most other states. So even though Kirtland AFB is right next to the city of Albuquerque, housing is still affordable. The median home cost is 203,500. The median price per square foot is $136. The median rent is $1,041 per month, so military families will be able to use BAH to rent or buy off base if they choose.

Weather

In Kirtland, the summers are hot and mostly clear, the winters are very cold and partly cloudy, and it is dry year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 20°F to 92°F and is rarely below 8°F or above 98°F.

Base Amenities

On the base, you will find walkable neighborhoods with easy access to picnic areas, trails, a fitness center, playgrounds, tot lots, sports courts, and a resort-style heated pool. Kirtland AFB also includes the typical amenities found on many military bases: BX/commissary, Gas stations, Dental Clinic, Auto Skills Center, Barber shop, Child Development Center, Medical Clinic, Family Center, Veterinary clinic, Fitness centers, KFH Lending Library, Golf course, Chapel.

Area Attractions

Local area attractions include:

Manzano Mesa Water Sprayground

Los Padillas Aquatic Center

Cliffs Amusement Park

Spring River Park and Zoo

ABQ BioPark Zoo

Wildlife West Nature Park

National Scouting Museum

Tinkertown Museum

Food and Drink

You're in the Southwest, where Mexican food is plentiful, authentic, and delicious. New Mexico blends typical Mexican foods with Native American flavors. Whether you like breakfast burritos, tortillas, carne adovada, sopapillas, or green chili sauce, your tastebuds are in for a shock in the Albuquerque area. Green chilies and red chilies are the heart of most New Mexico dishes.

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