Safest Places to Live in New Mexico 2021

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Last Update: January 21, 2021 Living

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

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, safer cities got the lowest score, and those that are more vulnerable to crimes got higher scores.

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

10 Safest Places in New Mexico 2021

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Lovington 11 322 12 1,06
2 Milan 3 632 4 1,10
3 Corrales 8 715 12 1,38
4 Rio Rancho 99 359 189 1,90
5 Raton 5 939 16 2,69
6 Taos 5 963 19 3,19
7 Edgewood 6 161 20 3,25
8 Alamogordo 31 832 109 3,42
9 Anthony 9 284 32 3,45
10 Truth or Consequences 5 791 20 3,45

Crime Score in All Cities in New Mexico 2021

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

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 – 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 69 0 0,00
2 Hope 106 0 0,00
3 Tatum 823 0 0,00
4 Texico 1 078 0 0,00
5 Dexter 1 236 0 0,00
6 Mesilla 1 826 0 0,00
7 Eunice 2 997 1 0,33
8 Estancia 1 586 1 0,63
9 Clayton 2 691 3 1,11
10 Cloudcroft 700 1 1,43
11 Questa 1 753 3 1,71
12 Angel Fire 1 072 2 1,87
13 Capitan 1 417 3 2,12
14 Tularosa 2 988 7 2,34
15 Hurley 1 181 3 2,54
16 Moriarty 1 792 5 2,79
17 Santa Clara 1 765 5 2,83
18 Carrizozo 935 3 3,21
19 Magdalena 873 3 3,44
20 Logan 959 4 4,17
21 San Ysidro 199 1 5,03
22 Lordsburg 2 385 12 5,03
23 Jal 2 097 14 6,68
24 Santa Rosa 2 639 18 6,82
25 Ruidoso Downs 2 575 19 7,38
26 Springer 898 7 7,80
27 Bayard 2 137 20 9,36
28 Hatch 1 605 16 9,97
29 Cuba 756 11 14,55

3,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Lovington 11 322 12 1,06
2 Milan 3 632 4 1,10
3 Corrales 8 715 12 1,38
4 Raton 5 939 16 2,69
5 Taos 5 963 19 3,19
6 Edgewood 6 161 20 3,25
7 Anthony 9 284 32 3,45
8 Truth or Consequences 5 791 20 3,45
9 Sunland Park 18 103 65 3,59
10 Ruidoso 7 826 31 3,96
11 Portales 11 675 55 4,71
12 Bosque Farms 3 809 18 4,73
13 Artesia 12 366 65 5,26
14 Grants 8 937 49 5,48
15 Peralta 3 586 22 6,13
16 Bernalillo 10 353 85 8,21
17 Deming 14 011 135 9,64
18 Los Lunas 15 929 205 12,87
19 Gallup 21 935 437 19,92
20 Belen 7 094 144 20,30

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Rio Rancho 99 359 189 1,90
2 Alamogordo 31 832 109 3,42
3 Las Cruces 103 520 514 4,97
4 Clovis 38 734 261 6,74
5 Roswell 47 533 404 8,50
6 Albuquerque 561 920 7 596 13,52

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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