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Safest Places to Live in New Mexico ( 2017 Updated ! )

New Mexico is a state located in the southwestern region of the United States. It borders Utah, Colorado, Texas and Arizona, as well as a part of Mexico to the south.

New Mexico became a state very late, in 1912. Before that, it was home to Native Americans and it was a Spanish colony. After this, it was a part of independent Mexico, but became a part of the US after the Mexican-American War. This is the reason why New Mexico has the highest percentage of Hispanic population of all states. Likewise, its culture is a mix of Native American, Spanish, Mexican and American cultures.

The capital of New Mexico is Santa Fe, while the largest city is Albuquerque, which has 560,000 residents. With over 2 million residents, New Mexico is the 36th most populous state. It is also the fifth largest state by area and the sixth least densely populated of all states.

The violent crime level is very high in New Mexico, which can be concluded from two facts. The first one is that this crime increased by 6.9% in the period from 2015 to 2016, which is 6.7% per 100,000 people. The other proof is that crime score in the safest places in New Mexico is much higher than in most states, which you can read in the table below.

 

Ranking Criteria

Elite Personal Finance extracted data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States in 2016. We took violent crime as the main criteria. To get our score, we used this formula:

Crime Score = ( Total Number of Violent Crimes / Population ) * 1,000

This way, cities that are the safest got the lowest score and those that are more vulnerable to crime got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI were not included in the list, as well as cities with population under 3,000.

 

20 Safest Places in New Mexico 2017

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Corrales8,53070.82
2Los Alamos17,667181.02
3Edgewood3,81951.31
4Sunland Park16,301241.47
5Lovington11,970181.50
6Eunice3,18261.89
7Raton6,058132.15
8Rio Rancho95,4542152.25
9Las Cruces102,3492512.45
10Ruidoso7,683212.73
11Truth or Consequences6,000223.67
12Alamogordo30,7681153.74
13Santa Fe84,6633243.83
14Portales11,921504.19
15Grants9,245394.22
16Carlsbad29,5381334.50
17Bosque Farms3,823205.23
18Bloomfield7,163405.58
19Clovis39,7252235.61
20Hobbs39,3492215.62

 

 

Crime Score in All Cities in New Mexico

In case your city didn’t make it to top 20, you can take a look at our full list of New Mexico cities.

It is obvious that we can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why Elite Personal Finance made a detailed analysis and narrowed the results according to population segments:

– Under 3,000 Residents
– 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
– 10,000 – 30,000 Residents
– Over 30,000 Residents

(Other sites don’t include places with under 3,000 residents, but we included them.)

These are the results that we got:

 

Under 3,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Questa1,75000.00
2Dexter1,27300.00
3Hurley1,24900.00
4Texico1,11400.00
5Carrizozo93100.00
6Cloudcroft68300.00
7Hope10700.00
8Estancia1,58610.63
9Santa Clara1,62921.23
10Clayton2,73541.46
11Mesilla1,86931.61
12Moriarty1,78631.68
13Jal2,23441.79
14Logan95122.10
15Springer92422.16
16Tularosa2,86393.14
17Santa Rosa2,641114.17
18San Ysidro19515.13
19Hatch1,596106.27
20Angel Fire1,10476.34
21Magdalena90666.62
22Lordsburg2,485176.84
23Capitan1,373118.01
24Ruidoso Downs2,5483011.77
25Cuba7362229.89

 

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Corrales8,53070.82
2Edgewood3,81951.31
3Eunice3,18261.89
4Raton6,058132.15
5Ruidoso7,683212.73
6Truth or Consequences6,000223.67
7Grants9,245394.22
8Bosque Farms3,823205.23
9Bloomfield7,163405.58
10Aztec6,031355.80
11Milan3,248226.77
12Socorro8,665647.39
13Bernalillo8,946869.61
14Taos5,746579.92
15Belen7,12712217.12

 

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Los Alamos17,667181.02
2Sunland Park16,301241.47
3Lovington11,970181.50
4Portales11,921504.19
5Carlsbad29,5381334.50
6Deming14,457876.02
7Los Lunas15,3981298.38
8Las Vegas13,2561178.83
9Artesia12,1801098.95
10Gallup23,52840617.26
11Espanola10,03026826.72

 

Over 30,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Rio Rancho95,4542152.25
2Las Cruces102,3492512.45
3Alamogordo30,7681153.74
4Santa Fe84,6633243.83
5Clovis39,7252235.61
6Hobbs39,3492215.62
7Roswell48,5563116.40
8Farmington42,2702936.93
9Albuquerque561,5606,24511.12

 

 

How safe do you feel?

Is your city safe enough? Are you worried because of crime rate in your town? Do you have any thoughts on safety levels in the country?

If you want to share anything, feel free to leave a comment. That way, you can help us understand your perspective better.

Thank you!

 

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