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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list.
For a lot of people who live in the fine state of New Mexico, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Sunland Park.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Land of Enchantment. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
In all, we analyzed 31 cities in New Mexico with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
Here's the list of the safest cities in New Mexico for 2018:
While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017) in New Mexico.
Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:
Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
For example, there were a total of 148 crimes committed in Sunland Park which had a reported population of 16,301. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0091 which translates into a 1 in 110 chance of being the victim of a crime.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 31 of the biggest cities in New Mexico to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 31 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In New Mexico".
Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.
1. Sunland Park
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Population: 16,301 Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 147 (3rd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 760 (1st safest) More on Sunland Park:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Taking the crown as the safest city in New Mexico for 2018 is Sunland Park -- a classic example of everything that makes New Mexico great.
We are talking about only having a 1 in 131.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 679 chance of being the victim of violent crime.