These Are The 10 Safest Cities In New Mexico For 2018

We used data and science to determine the places in New Mexico where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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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 live in the safest state, either. New Mexico is somewhere in the middle.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Land of Enchantment. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.

After analyzing 31 places in New Mexico with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Sunland Park (Photos)
  2. Los Alamos
  3. Corrales
  4. Rio Rancho (Photos)
  5. Lovington (Photos)
  6. Raton (Photos)
  7. Ruidoso (Photos)
  8. Grants (Photos)
  9. Bloomfield (Photos)
  10. Alamogordo (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:

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How we calculated the safest cities in New Mexico

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). 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)
These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In New Mexico

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 0.00908 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 places in New Mexico to rank.

We ranked each place 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".

The safest city, based on population, is Sunland Park. The most dangerous? Belen, where residents had a 1 in 11 chance of being the victim of a crime.

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.

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1. Sunland Park

Sunland Park, New Mexico
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,301
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 147 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 760 (1st safest)

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.

That's crazy safe. Compare it to Little Rock, AR -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.

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2. Los Alamos

Population: 17,667
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 101 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 786 (2nd safest)

If you're thinking of moving to New Mexico and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Los Alamos -- the 2nd safest in the Land of Enchantment.

Los Alamos is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.

You only had a 1 in 127.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Los Alamos.

3. Corrales

Corrales, New Mexico
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,530
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 82 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,101 (3rd safest)

You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Corrales ranks as the 3rd safest city in New Mexico.

Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Corrales.

We'll wait here safe and sound.

4. Rio Rancho

Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 95,454
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 225 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,357 (4th safest)

You might be surprised to find Rio Rancho this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Rio Rancho is surpised.

This gem of a place in the Land of Enchantment boasts the 4th best property crime rate and 6th best violent crime rate for 2018.

5. Lovington

Lovington, New Mexico
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,970
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 150 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,664 (7th safest)

Finishing just inside the top five is Lovington, NM.

You get what you pay for in Lovington -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 665 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Lovington residents a well earned feeling of safety.

We'd move to Lovington in heartbeat.

6. Raton

Raton, New Mexico
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,058
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 214 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,152 (10th safest)

Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Raton, the 6th safest city in New Mexico.

The town of some 6,058 people will have to try and continue to try and keep Raton a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.

See what we did there Raton?

7. Ruidoso

Ruidoso, New Mexico
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,683
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 273 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,746 (8th safest)

Ruidoso is a feel good story of safety and comfort in New Mexico.

It has 1 in 36.4 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 365 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in New Mexico.

8. Grants

Grants, New Mexico
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,245
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 421 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,606 (6th safest)

The eighth safest city in New Mexico for 2018 goes to Grants. Let's see why.

There were only 39 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 241 property crimes to boot.

9. Bloomfield

Bloomfield, New Mexico
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,163
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 558 (15th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,582 (5th safest)

If you're looking for a safe place to live in New Mexico, may we present Bloomfield as an option.

While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for New Mexico, it still has an impressively low crime rate.

185 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 5th best in New Mexico on a rate basis.

10. Alamogordo

Alamogordo, New Mexico
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,768
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 373 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,282 (12th safest)

And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Alamogordo.

But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Alamogordo residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.

In total, there were 115 violent crimes and 1,010 property crimes in Alamogordo; that's really good for a place of 30,768 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.

There You Have It - The Safest In New Mexico

Looking at the data, you can tell that Sunland Park is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most New Mexico residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Most dangerous cities in New Mexico:
3rd Most Dangerous: Taos
2nd Most Dangerous: Gallup
Most Dangerous: Belen

Detailed List Of The Safest Cities To Live In New Mexico For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Sunland Park1116,301147760
Los Alamos2 -
Corrales328,530821,101
Rio Rancho4395,4542252,357
Lovington5411,9701502,664
Raton656,0582143,152
Ruidoso797,6832732,746
Grants869,2454212,606
Bloomfield977,1635582,582
Alamogordo10830,7683733,282
Truth or Consequences11156,0003663,466
Santa Fe121484,6633823,819
Aztec13116,0315803,017
Portales141211,9214193,959
Las Cruces1513102,3492454,678
Carlsbad161729,5384503,916
Las Vegas171613,2568823,160
Deming182314,4576014,309
Roswell192248,5566404,390
Hobbs202039,3495614,815
Farmington211042,2706934,393
Clovis221839,7255616,003
Bernalillo23198,9469614,393
Artesia242412,1808944,433
Los Lunas252115,3988374,909
Socorro26258,6657385,493
Albuquerque2726561,5601,1126,860
Espanola282710,0302,6715,553
Taos29295,7469917,866
Gallup303023,5281,7257,004
Belen31287,1271,7117,534

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