Prior to the Spanish
explorers arriving in the mid 1500's Corrales was inhabited by the Tiguex
Indians. To this day village residents still find artifacts from the
ancient Tiguex inhabitants. Corrales is the Spanish world for corrals
reflecting the agricultural roots of the area. Corrales continues to be an
area used for agriculture and the village strives to maintain its simple,
agricultural roots. Driving through Corrales you would be hard pressed
not to see someone riding a horse along the ditch bank or on the many winding trails
throughout the village. The village is very animal friendly. Here
are some quick facts about Corrales:
village of Corrales was incorporated September 17, 1971
of the village is 5,023 feet
village is located in Sandoval County New Mexico approximately 4.3 miles
Rated one of the Best
Places to Live in 2007 by CNN Money, the rural village of Corrales located
between Albuquerque and Rio Rancho is perfect for those
who want to work in the city but not live in it.
Speed limits do not exceed 35 mph and horseback riders are a
common sight. Residents have access to the village trail (irrigation ditch)
where they can enjoy a leisurely walk or ride their horses. Many homes offer a
brilliant view of the Sandia Mountains.
Most homes follow the southwest theme of stucco or adobe. The
houses are nicely spaced for privacy and with enough room for horses, chickens,
lambs or other animals. Villagers stroll down to Corrales Road to eat, shop or
participate in a local event.
Several elementary schools are located within the village:
Corrales elementary, Corrales International School (multi-language: English,
Spanish, Mandarin, charter school), Cottonwood School (Montessori) and Sandia
View. The nearest middle school, Taylor, is located a few miles outside of
Corrales near Rio Grande Blvd. The nearest high school, Cibola,
is just minutes away on Ellison Rd.
Corrales has its own post office, police department, fire
department, court house and library. The library is right next to a park where
children can play after reading.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the population is
8,501 (2011), the median household income is 96,604 (2007-2011) and it is 10.53
For more information on the
history of Corrales you can contact the Corrales Historical Society.