Rio Rancho is a wonderful place to live and work! It is the 3rd largest and fastest growing city in NM.
Currently the housing market in RR is still very affordable as compared to purchasing power in areas of Albuquerque. Yes, Rio Rancho can be dusty - there are still very large pockets of undeveloped land however if you are buying in a developed area the dust is minimal. New Mexico is windy especially in the Spring & Fall however we have not has a Buyer decide not to buy in RR due to the wind!
If you want to live in RR - do not let the naysayers persuade you not to - go for it !
Best of luck,