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Safest Places to Live in New Mexico 2020

EPF Last Update: June 7, 2020

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

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Corrales857730,35
2Los Alamos18883241,27
3Lovington11175151,34
4Milan364451,37
5Rio Rancho973941972,02
6Grants8982192,12
7Raton5960132,18
8Alamogordo31332963,06
9Ruidoso7718293,76
10Edgewood3911153,84
11Santa Fe841763333,96
12Las Cruces1022034134,04
13Peralta3572154,20
14Anthony9313414,40
15Carlsbad291581485,08
16Truth or Consequences5875305,11
17Taos5662295,12
18Aztec6538365,51
19Portales11768665,61
20Bosque Farms3789225,81

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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

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Taos Ski Valley6700,00
2Hope10500,00
3Tatum81300,00
4Dexter124200,00
5Questa174900,00
6Mesilla182600,00
7Santa Clara178610,56
8Eunice296141,35
9Clayton273551,83
10Estancia158131,90
11Logan96222,08
12Springer90322,21
13Moriarty177742,25
14Hurley119932,50
15Tularosa293982,72
16Capitan140253,57
17Red River46624,29
18Bayard2166115,08
19Santa Rosa2691145,20
20Hatch1607106,22
21Cloudcroft68957,26
22Lordsburg2421187,43
23Angel Fire107287,46
24Ruidoso Downs2557207,82
25Texico1113119,88
26San Ysidro197210,15
27Magdalena874910,30
28Cimarron8871112,40

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Corrales857730,35
2Milan364451,37
3Grants8982192,12
4Raton5960132,18
5Ruidoso7718293,76
6Edgewood3911153,84
7Peralta3572154,20
8Anthony9313414,40
9Truth or Consequences5875305,11
10Taos5662295,12
11Aztec6538365,51
12Bosque Farms3789225,81
13Socorro8363597,05
14Bernalillo984111011,18
15Bloomfield792212716,03
16Belen706116122,80

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Los Alamos18883241,27
2Lovington11175151,34
3Carlsbad291581485,08
4Portales11768665,61
5Las Vegas130841118,48
6Deming1409414110,00
7Los Lunas1556818912,14
8Gallup2198033815,38

Over 30,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Rio Rancho973941972,02
2Alamogordo31332963,06
3Santa Fe841763333,96
4Las Cruces1022034134,04
5Hobbs383202516,55
6Roswell476783968,31
7Farmington4536459313,07
8Albuquerque560235764613,65

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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