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Survey: City split on the term 'Burque'

Ryan Laughlin
December 11, 2018 06:37 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – For most people that live in Albuquerque, the term ‘Burque’ is something you hear quite often.

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But, according to a ‘quality of life’ survey conducted by the city, not everyone is so keen on the nickname. The results from the survey show it’s a split decision.

"Honestly, I think it kind of takes away what Albuquerque is to me," said one person who was surveyed.

While another person who was surveyed said this:

"If you're from here this is your home. This is everything. You know. It brings back a lot of history."

According to the survey, the nickname for Albuqerqueans is less favorable in the northeast heights where the demographic is more Anglo and more favorable amongst people who live in the UNM area, the North Valley, downtown and the west side.

Mayor Tim Keller has used the term freely during his campaign and believes civic pride is important regardless of whether one is in favor of the term or not.

"You can say you're a ‘Burqueno’ or you can say ‘I'm from Albuquerque,’ it doesn't matter we're all in this together," Keller said.

There’s no wrong answer to this question. Some said it’s all about the context in which one uses ‘Burque.’

"Just depending on how you use it. haha. Those people down in burque, or burque pride, you know," said one survey respondent.

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