Are you trying to find love in New Mexico?
Or are you just looking to hook up?
Either way, we’ve got you covered here. At least, we’ll point you in the right direction – which is why you came here in the first place, right?
According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who have remained single (not married) is growing. That means, people are dating a lot longer than they used to.
There are many reasons for that, including financial and cultural. And, we suspect smartphones and social media has a lot to do with it, too. After all, we’re all a lot more distracted these days.
If you live in New Mexico, there’s a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Land Of Enchantment ranks in the top 10 when it comes to number of people over the age of 18 who aren’t married, or in a serious relationship. That’s great news for people looking for their match.
So, where are the best cities for singles in New Mexico? We’ve got the answers here.
These are the best cities for singles in New Mexico. Try not to jump in the car with a dozen roses:
- Las Vegas (Photos)
- Socorro (Photos)
- Portales (Photos)
- Bernalillo (Photos)
- Albuquerque (Photos)
- Las Cruces (Photos)
- Raton (Photos)
- Alamogordo (Photos)
- Clovis (Photos)
- Farmington (Photos)
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each city ranked. If you live in or really close to one of these cities, and you’re single, you should probably get out more often. And stop staring at your phone. Just sayin’.
The most boring place in New Mexico? That would be Los Lunas.
How do you determine which city is best for singles in New Mexico anyways?
To give you the places in New Mexico which are best for singles to find one another, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what single people like.
So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.
How we crunched the numbers for the Land Of Enchantment
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the 2011-2015 American Community Survey Census data produced for the state of New Mexico, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:
- Population density
- % of population that’s male vs. female (closer to a 50-50 ratio is better)
- % of households with kids
- Median age
- Number of unmarried people in each city
We then gave each city a Singles Score.
The higher the score, the better the city is for singles to find one another. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 5,000 people. For New Mexico, that meant a total of 32 cities.
Read on to see why Las Vegas is the talk of the town while Los Lunas is probably a bit on the boring side.
1. Las Vegas
Median Age: 38.1
Married households: 22.6%
Households with kids: 24.3%
Las Vegas is a city in and the county seat of San Miguel County, New Mexico, United States. Once two separate municipalities (one a city and the other a town) both named Las Vegas, west Las Vegas (‘Old Town’) and east Las Vegas (‘New Town’), separated by the Gallinas River, retain distinct characters and separate, rival school districts. The population was 14,565 at the 2000 census. Las Vegas, NM is located 110 miles (180 km) south of Raton, New Mexico, 65 miles (105 km) east of Santa Fe, New Mexico, 122 miles (196 km) northeast of Albuquerque, New Mexico, 257 miles (414 km) south of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and 326 miles (525 km) south of Denver, Colorado.
Median Age: 30.5
Married households: 25.9%
Households with kids: 22.8%
Socorro is a city in Socorro County in the U.S. state of New Mexico. It is in the Rio Grande Valley at an elevation of 4,579 feet (1,396 m). In 2012 the population was 8,906. It is the county seat of Socorro County. Socorro is located 74 miles (119 km) south of Albuquerque and 146 miles (235 km) north of Las Cruces.
Median Age: 26.0
Married households: 40.5%
Households with kids: 33.1%
Portales is a city in and the county seat of Roosevelt County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 12,280 at the 2010 census. Portales is located near the larger city of Clovis as well as Cannon Air Force Base, a major contributor to the economy of the region.
Median Age: 42.1
Married households: 44.7%
Households with kids: 27.4%
Bernalillo is a town in Sandoval County, New Mexico, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the town population was 8,320. It is the county seat of Sandoval County.
Median Age: 36.0
Married households: 39.3%
Households with kids: 30.3%
Albuquerque (/ælbkrki/ ( listen) AL-b-kur-kee; Navajo: Beeeldííl Dahsinil /pèèltíl txsnl/) is the most populous city in the U.S. state of New Mexico. The high-elevation city serves as the county seat of Bernalillo County, and it is situated in the north central part of the state, straddling the Rio Grande. The city population is 559,277 as of the July 1, 2016 population estimate from the United States Census Bureau, and ranks as the 32nd-largest city in the U.S. The Albuquerque metropolitan statistical area (or MSA) has a population of 909,906 according to the United States Census Bureau’s most recently available estimate for 2016. Albuquerque is the 60th-largest United States metropolitan area. The Albuquerque MSA population includes the city of Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Placitas, Corrales, Los Lunas, Belen, Bosque Farms, and forms part of the larger Albuquerque?Santa Fe?Las Vegas combined statistical area, with a total population of 1,171,991 as of the July 1, 2016, Census Bureau estimates.
6. Las Cruces
Median Age: 32.1
Married households: 40.0%
Households with kids: 30.9%
Las Cruces, also known as ‘The City of the Crosses’, is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 97,618, and in 2015 the estimated population was 101,643, making it the second largest city in the state, after Albuquerque. Las Cruces is the largest city in both Doña Ana County and southern New Mexico. The Las Cruces metropolitan area had an estimated population of 213,676 in 2014. It is the principal city of a metropolitan statistical area which encompasses all of Doña Ana County and is part of the larger El Paso?Las Cruces combined statistical area.
Median Age: 45.5
Married households: 32.9%
Households with kids: 23.2%
Raton (ra-TONE) is a city and the county seat of Colfax County in northeastern New Mexico. The city is located just south of Raton Pass.
Median Age: 35.9
Married households: 45.6%
Households with kids: 26.2%
Alamogordo /ælmrdo/ is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. A city in the Tularosa Basin of the Chihuahuan Desert, it is bordered on the east by the Sacramento Mountains and to the west by White Sands National Monument. It is the city nearest to Holloman Air Force Base. The population was 30,403 as of the 2010 census. Alamogordo is known for its connection with the Trinity test, the first explosion of an atomic bomb, and also for the Atari video game burial of 1983.
Median Age: 31.0
Married households: 42.7%
Households with kids: 37.1%
Clovis is the county seat of Curry County, New Mexico, United States, with a population of 37,775 as of the 2010 census, and a 2014 estimated population of 39,860. Clovis is located in the New Mexico portion of the Llano Estacado, in the eastern part of the state.
Median Age: 33.6
Married households: 46.1%
Households with kids: 36.4%
Farmington (Navajo: Tóta’ ) is a city in San Juan County in the US state of New Mexico. As of the 2013 population estimate from the United States Census Bureau the city had a total population of 45,426 people. Farmington (and surrounding San Juan County) makes up one of the four Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA’s) in New Mexico. The U.S. Census Bureau’s population estimate in 2011 for Farmington was about 45,256.
There You Have It – The Best Cities for Singles in New Mexico
If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in New Mexico ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for finding a single person (and potentially love), this is an accurate list.
Here’s a look at the most boring cities in New Mexico according to the data:
- Los Lunas
- Rio Rancho
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