There are many areas of Albuquerque that are o.k. Some of the better school districts are the La Cueva High School district and the Sandia High School district. Around Albuquerque Academy is also nice but $$$. Rio Rancho is nice also but it is not an easy commute. Freeway access is difficult depending on where you are in Rio Rancho. I would stay away from living near the airport, close to central (in most areas, with exception to University area, even then. . .do your research). I would also stay away from the South Valley area. It's very beautiful and the communities have made some advances in cleaning up but there is still a lot of crime and gang activity.
I grew up in Albuquerque (East Mountains actually) but moved away four years ago
. I used to work for the Fire Department before I became a nurse (ironically my husband was a police officer. . .hence the reason we moved to Washington, better job for him).
Good luck and take time to enjoy the many things New Mexico has to offer (Chili, balloon fiesta, cultural activities, nice zoo, Bandelier national monument, warm springs, tram, chili, chili, chili!!!