Los Alamos History & Culture
Los Alamos County topped the list as the best place to live in America in terms of quality of life in a study conducted by American City Business Journals in 2004. This was attributed to the high levels of job stability, income and education of Los Alamos residents, many of whom are employed as scientists and engineers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The county has one of the highest numbers of PhDs per capita and the median household income of $78,993 per year is the fourth highest among all the counties in the US. In per capita income, Los Alamos County ranks 1st in New Mexico and 18th in the United States. Other factors contributing to Los Alamos’s high quality-of-life index were the access to affordable housing and short commuting times.
From the centuries old Puebloan ruins of Bandelier National Monument to the world renowned scientific community that shaped the course of history, Los Alamos continues to excel in innovative technology for the 21st Century.