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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

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Corrales 8,530 7 0.82
2 Los Alamos 17,667 18 1.02
3 Edgewood 3,819 5 1.31
4 Sunland Park 16,301 24 1.47
5 Lovington 11,970 18 1.50
6 Eunice 3,182 6 1.89
7 Raton 6,058 13 2.15
8 Rio Rancho 95,454 215 2.25
9 Las Cruces 102,349 251 2.45
10 Ruidoso 7,683 21 2.73
11 Truth or Consequences 6,000 22 3.67
12 Alamogordo 30,768 115 3.74
13 Santa Fe 84,663 324 3.83
14 Portales 11,921 50 4.19
15 Grants 9,245 39 4.22
16 Carlsbad 29,538 133 4.50
17 Bosque Farms 3,823 20 5.23
18 Bloomfield 7,163 40 5.58
19 Clovis 39,725 223 5.61
20 Hobbs 39,349 221 5.62

 

 

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

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Questa 1,750 0 0.00
2 Dexter 1,273 0 0.00
3 Hurley 1,249 0 0.00
4 Texico 1,114 0 0.00
5 Carrizozo 931 0 0.00
6 Cloudcroft 683 0 0.00
7 Hope 107 0 0.00
8 Estancia 1,586 1 0.63
9 Santa Clara 1,629 2 1.23
10 Clayton 2,735 4 1.46
11 Mesilla 1,869 3 1.61
12 Moriarty 1,786 3 1.68
13 Jal 2,234 4 1.79
14 Logan 951 2 2.10
15 Springer 924 2 2.16
16 Tularosa 2,863 9 3.14
17 Santa Rosa 2,641 11 4.17
18 San Ysidro 195 1 5.13
19 Hatch 1,596 10 6.27
20 Angel Fire 1,104 7 6.34
21 Magdalena 906 6 6.62
22 Lordsburg 2,485 17 6.84
23 Capitan 1,373 11 8.01
24 Ruidoso Downs 2,548 30 11.77
25 Cuba 736 22 29.89

 

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Corrales 8,530 7 0.82
2 Edgewood 3,819 5 1.31
3 Eunice 3,182 6 1.89
4 Raton 6,058 13 2.15
5 Ruidoso 7,683 21 2.73
6 Truth or Consequences 6,000 22 3.67
7 Grants 9,245 39 4.22
8 Bosque Farms 3,823 20 5.23
9 Bloomfield 7,163 40 5.58
10 Aztec 6,031 35 5.80
11 Milan 3,248 22 6.77
12 Socorro 8,665 64 7.39
13 Bernalillo 8,946 86 9.61
14 Taos 5,746 57 9.92
15 Belen 7,127 122 17.12

 

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Los Alamos 17,667 18 1.02
2 Sunland Park 16,301 24 1.47
3 Lovington 11,970 18 1.50
4 Portales 11,921 50 4.19
5 Carlsbad 29,538 133 4.50
6 Deming 14,457 87 6.02
7 Los Lunas 15,398 129 8.38
8 Las Vegas 13,256 117 8.83
9 Artesia 12,180 109 8.95
10 Gallup 23,528 406 17.26
11 Espanola 10,030 268 26.72

 

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Rio Rancho 95,454 215 2.25
2 Las Cruces 102,349 251 2.45
3 Alamogordo 30,768 115 3.74
4 Santa Fe 84,663 324 3.83
5 Clovis 39,725 223 5.61
6 Hobbs 39,349 221 5.62
7 Roswell 48,556 311 6.40
8 Farmington 42,270 293 6.93
9 Albuquerque 561,560 6,245 11.12

 

 

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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