Rio Rancho is a great place to live and work. My daughter lives in Florida and I'm so well acquainted with the weather you have there. Our great, relatively humidity free climate will be very enticing to you, I'm sure. Congratulations on your move!
Please take a look a the Rio Rancho Public School website and feel free to contact school administrators with your questions. Our state started a new grading system for schools this past year and so straight number assumptions on qualities of the schools is still working out a few kinks. I've lived in Rio Rancho for 5 years and in the past, the RR schools have been ranked among the state's best. Because of local, state and federal Fair Housing Laws it is illegal for a real estate agent to provide an opinion about qualities of schools or neighborhoods. I can, however, be a resource for you, to direct you to folks who can answer your questions and I would be happy to do so. If you would like me to provide you with website links, phone numbers, etc. - just let me know.
The 2012 Cost of Living index with a US average of 100, shows Rio Rancho to be 94.7 (less than average). Of course, there are so many variables involved, and many of those personally affected.
I am an active agent in the Rio Rancho market and would be more than happy to provide you with any other information you would like about ours or neighboring communities. I would also welcome the opportunity to assist with your relocation and be your local real estate expert. My contact information is: firstname.lastname@example.org. I am affiliated with Coldwell Banker Legacy and my office is in Rio Rancho. My direct number is 505-301-1191. My office switchboard is: 505-892-1000. Please contact me at any time, I'll be looking forward to hearing from you.