Safest Places to Live in New Mexico 2020

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Last Update: June 7, 2020 Living

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 the 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 12.2% in the period from 2016 to 2017, which is 12.0% 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

ElitePersonalFinance extracted the latest data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States. 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 a population under 3,000.

20 Safest Places in New Mexico 2020

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Corrales 8577 3 0,35
2 Los Alamos 18883 24 1,27
3 Lovington 11175 15 1,34
4 Milan 3644 5 1,37
5 Rio Rancho 97394 197 2,02
6 Grants 8982 19 2,12
7 Raton 5960 13 2,18
8 Alamogordo 31332 96 3,06
9 Ruidoso 7718 29 3,76
10 Edgewood 3911 15 3,84
11 Santa Fe 84176 333 3,96
12 Las Cruces 102203 413 4,04
13 Peralta 3572 15 4,20
14 Anthony 9313 41 4,40
15 Carlsbad 29158 148 5,08
16 Truth or Consequences 5875 30 5,11
17 Taos 5662 29 5,12
18 Aztec 6538 36 5,51
19 Portales 11768 66 5,61
20 Bosque Farms 3789 22 5,81

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Crime Score in All Cities in New Mexico 2020

In case your city didn’t make our list, 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 ElitePersonalFinance 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 Taos Ski Valley 67 0 0,00
2 Hope 105 0 0,00
3 Tatum 813 0 0,00
4 Dexter 1242 0 0,00
5 Questa 1749 0 0,00
6 Mesilla 1826 0 0,00
7 Santa Clara 1786 1 0,56
8 Eunice 2961 4 1,35
9 Clayton 2735 5 1,83
10 Estancia 1581 3 1,90
11 Logan 962 2 2,08
12 Springer 903 2 2,21
13 Moriarty 1777 4 2,25
14 Hurley 1199 3 2,50
15 Tularosa 2939 8 2,72
16 Capitan 1402 5 3,57
17 Red River 466 2 4,29
18 Bayard 2166 11 5,08
19 Santa Rosa 2691 14 5,20
20 Hatch 1607 10 6,22
21 Cloudcroft 689 5 7,26
22 Lordsburg 2421 18 7,43
23 Angel Fire 1072 8 7,46
24 Ruidoso Downs 2557 20 7,82
25 Texico 1113 11 9,88
26 San Ysidro 197 2 10,15
27 Magdalena 874 9 10,30
28 Cimarron 887 11 12,40

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Corrales 8577 3 0,35
2 Milan 3644 5 1,37
3 Grants 8982 19 2,12
4 Raton 5960 13 2,18
5 Ruidoso 7718 29 3,76
6 Edgewood 3911 15 3,84
7 Peralta 3572 15 4,20
8 Anthony 9313 41 4,40
9 Truth or Consequences 5875 30 5,11
10 Taos 5662 29 5,12
11 Aztec 6538 36 5,51
12 Bosque Farms 3789 22 5,81
13 Socorro 8363 59 7,05
14 Bernalillo 9841 110 11,18
15 Bloomfield 7922 127 16,03
16 Belen 7061 161 22,80

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Los Alamos 18883 24 1,27
2 Lovington 11175 15 1,34
3 Carlsbad 29158 148 5,08
4 Portales 11768 66 5,61
5 Las Vegas 13084 111 8,48
6 Deming 14094 141 10,00
7 Los Lunas 15568 189 12,14
8 Gallup 21980 338 15,38

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Rio Rancho 97394 197 2,02
2 Alamogordo 31332 96 3,06
3 Santa Fe 84176 333 3,96
4 Las Cruces 102203 413 4,04
5 Hobbs 38320 251 6,55
6 Roswell 47678 396 8,31
7 Farmington 45364 593 13,07
8 Albuquerque 560235 7646 13,65

How safe do you feel?

Is your city safe enough? Are you worried because of the 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.

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