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Safest Cities in New Mexico

2019 Guide to New Mexico's Safest Cities

List of New Mexico’s Safest Cities

 

Known as The Land of Enchantment, New Mexico is the 5th largest state in the country. 

Sparsely populated, New Mexico has a median household income of $46,744, which equates to the 4th lowest.

 

Average New Mexico Crime Rate

 

The average New Mexico crime rate is as follows:

Average Property Crimes in New Mexico

Average New Mexico Crime Rate -Property Crimes

(per 100,000 residents)

 

What are the Safest Places to Live in New Mexico?

 

New Mexico has a diverse population within a vast expanse of land. Crime numbers are on the high side, but there are many communities with reputations for relatively low crime rates.

Six of the Top 10 Safest Cities in New Mexico had less than 1000 property crimes.

Eight of the Top 10 Safest Cities in NM had less than 200  violent crimes.

If you are looking for the best places to live in New Mexico, this list of safest cities in NM is a good place to start.

Following are the top cities with populations above 10,000 which have been recognized as the safest communities in New Mexico.

The Top 10 Safest Cities in New Mexico

(Population 10,000 +)

1.   Los Alamos

2.   Rio Rancho

3.   Las Vegas

4.   Alamogordo

5.   Artesia

6.   Portales

7.   Deming

8.   Santa Fe

9.   Carlsbad

10. Roswell

Safest Cities in New Mexico – Video Summary

Los Alamos, NM

Los Alamos, NM

Population

18,204

Violent Crimes

30

Property Crimes

93

Rio Rancho, NM

Rio Rancho, NM

Population

97,444

Violent Crimes

167

Property Crimes

1990

Las Vegas, NM

Las Vegas, NM

Population

13,160

Violent Crimes

99

Property Crimes

334

Alamogordo, NM

Alamogordo, NM

Population

31,386

Violent Crimes

113

Property Crimes

986

Artesia, NM

Artesia, NM

Population

12,388

Violent Crimes

159

Property Crimes

421

Portales, NM

Portales, NM

Population

11,928

Violent Crimes

24

Property Crimes

442

Deming, NM

Deming, NM

Population

14,428

Violent Crimes

83

Property Crimes

596

Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe, NM

Population

84,358

Violent Crimes

289

Property Crimes

3178

Carlsbad, NM

Carlsbad, NM

Population

29,397

Violent Crimes

140

Property Crimes

1210

Roswell, NM

Roswell, NM

Population

48,134

Violent Crimes

306

Property Crimes

1992

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Best Places to Live in New Mexico with 5-10K Population

1-5

Anthony

Corrales

Raritan

Bloomfield

Truth or Consequences

6-10

Ruidoso

Aztec

Raton

Bernalillo

Socorro

How We Rated Safest Cities in New Mexico

 

To rank the safest towns and cities of New Mexico, we referenced the most recent complete (2017) FBI Uniform Crime Report. Towns and cities with ten thousand residents or higher, who recorded their crime data, were included.

We analyzed both “Violent” (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and “Property Crimes” (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft).  In order to reflect the seriousness of the crimes, these figures were weighted. Property crimes which were factored by .50 and were added to the violent crimes.

The sum of the two was then divided by the population in the community. For comparison purposes, we normalized the mathematical finding to reflect weighted criminal offenses per 100,000.

 

The Best Places to Live in New Mexico – Crime Ratings

 

While no rating system is perfect, this provides a reasonably good mathematical gauge of the overall safety and security in the community. If you’re looking to find the best places to live in New Mexico, this list is a great place to start.

Please note that not every town and city reports their records. If a town or city did not report their stats to the FBI, they were not included in the list.  Any communities with reporting ommissions or anomalies might also not be reflected in this year’s rankings.

When evaluating a community, one must realize that certain neighborhoods inside any city may have much lower crime rates than other areas. This is especially true in larger cities. Consequently, it is important to check into specific neighborhoods within the community and talk with local authorities to get a feel for the security and safety of a neighborhood.

If you are interested in ways to keep your family and home safer, check out our Tips for Better Home Security…and consider a professionally monitored home security system.

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