Welcome to ABQ Ashlee. congrats on the job and the move. I think other people might have specific info on apartments but I suggest you look in the University area. It is fairly safe and there's lots of other people your age -good food, good music, lots of stuff to do and people to meet. I know it will be a bit of a drive to your work- (15 minutes?) but I think the social life will be better for you.Oh, will you have a car? It may be better to rent in a place on a month to month for a while so you can then really look around. Be careful, there are rental scams where people rent out places they don't own -this happens more with houses I think than apts.
What are your interests? I'll give the same advice people gave me as a young adult and I gave others. Because it works. Find people with interests in common and you'll find friends. There are all types here with a wide range of interests. It is a great place to live. I've only been here a couple of years myself. Dee
I agree with Dee... near the University would be a good area for a twenty-something (Silver Hill, University Heights, Nob Hill) , but also the Huning Highland historic district, which is between downtown and the university area.
She already found Duke City Fix, so you know she's cool and will be fine here. Keep in touch when you get here, Ashlee!
I live on the West side in a really nice area and I was robbed a few months ago. I would just make sure and lock your doors, get an alarm or a Doberman and just be careful.