Albuquerque is in the middle of the United States close enough to Dallas and yet close enough to Hoover Dam for the lead off of Fallout: New Vegas. Albuquerque has enough population alongside of Dallas to make alot of ghouls. From Albuquerque west is desert from Albuquerque east is green. Santa Fe to the north and Las Cruces to the south. Very strategic! Start from the west and spread back east.