Located in the Southern Rocky Mountains, Los Alamos was recently named by America City Business Journals as the best place to live in America. Los Alamos is home of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, created in 1943 to develop the world’s first Atomic Bomb. Today, the Laboratory employs the nation’s most highly educated population per capita. Los Alamos is known for its excellent school system. Five elementary schools and one middle school offer multiple gifted and talented education programs. Every year, Los Alamos High School places a large number of students in Honors and Advanced Placement courses. Los Alamos is conveniently located just 35 miles from Santa Fe, one of America’s most thriving arts communities. The cosmopolitan city of Albuquerque is located just 80 miles to the south.