I moved away when my first child reached school age
I was raised in Farmington, moved to ABQ when I was 12. I graduated from West Mesa H.S. and then moved away for college. After law school, I moved back. I missed green chile, riding motos with my father, mtbing with my brother, mild winters and beautiful blue skies. I stayed until my oldest daughter turned 6 (after her first year of school as a kindergartner.) At that point, I decided I did not want to raise my children in a climate of gangs, drop outs, high teenage pregnancy rates etc. I could not afford private school as a young associate in a law firm, so I moved my family to Boise, Idaho. It had all things I loved about Albuquerque (other than good chile) and my family, but it didn't have the gangs, crime etc. It was the best move I could have made. 11 years later, that oldest daughter is getting ready to graduate from high school and she has not had to deal with all the crap that I had to deal with in high school in ABQ and I graduated 23 years ago.
In some ways I have the best of both worlds, because I return to ABQ a few times a year and my family keeps me stocked with chile.
As a final note, I will say that as good as the riding is in Idaho, it is as good or better in N.M. Also the road trip from Boise goes through some great riding spots: Park City, Moab, Cortez/Durango, Gallup,Farmington, or Taos (depending on which route you take).