Best Cities For Singles In New Mexico For 2020

We used science and data to determine which cities in New Mexico have the best set up for singles: no kids, no old people, and a lot to do.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best cities for singles in New Mexico.

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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 for 2020:

  1. Portales (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Lovington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Alamogordo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Las Vegas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Socorro (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Las Cruces (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Albuquerque (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Farmington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Deming (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Clovis (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So, what was the best city for singles in New Mexico? Portales ranks as the best place for singles in New Mexico if you care about things singles care about like night life, affordable housing, and other singles.

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 Edgewood.

And after you find a mate, you'll no doubt want to start a family and buy a home right? Don't forget to check out the best places to live in new mexico or the safest places to live in new mexico.

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The 10 Best Cities For Singles In New Mexico For 2020

Portales, NM

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Population: 11,974
Median Age: 26.3
Married households: 15.0%
Households with kids: 34.3%
More on Portales: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Lovington, NM

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Population: 11,575
Median Age: 31.5
Married households: 13.0%
Households with kids: 43.3%
More on Lovington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Alamogordo, NM

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Population: 31,230
Median Age: 36.3
Married households: 11.0%
Households with kids: 25.3%
More on Alamogordo: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Alamogordo 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.

Las Vegas, NM

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Population: 13,341
Median Age: 40.8
Married households: 16.0%
Households with kids: 28.2%
More on Las Vegas: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Las Vegas is a city in and the county seat of San Miguel County, New Mexico, United States. Once two separate municipalities both named Las Vegas, west Las Vegas and east Las Vegas, 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 south of Raton, New Mexico, 65 miles east of Santa Fe, New Mexico, 122 miles northeast of Albuquerque, New Mexico, 257 miles south of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and 326 miles south of Denver, Colorado.

Socorro, NM

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Population: 8,554
Median Age: 30.3
Married households: 13.0%
Households with kids: 20.9%
More on Socorro: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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. In 2012 the population was 8,906. It is the county seat of Socorro County. Socorro is located 74 miles south of Albuquerque and 146 miles north of Las Cruces.

Review Of Socorro by HomeSnacks User

I live in Socorro and we really enjoy going to TorC to soak in the waters or to go antiquing. It's a quirky, yet charming little place. I was surprised Socorro did not make this list. Our drug problem is just awful. It's not a very pretty town. Our city council bows to the mayor who is just setting up his own life for when he retires. There's not a whole lot of pride going on here; no pride in mothers and fathers caring for their kids, no pride in homes, no pride in school life... G*d bless the people that try out here. There's more scuzzy people that ruin it for everyone else than there are quality people that try to make Socorro nice.

Las Cruces, NM

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Population: 101,742
Median Age: 32.5
Married households: 13.0%
Households with kids: 30.6%
More on Las Cruces: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doa 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 Doa 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 Doa Ana County and is part of the larger El Paso-Las Cruces combined statistical area.

Review Of Las Cruces by HomeSnacks User

I lived in Las Cruces, NM for 9 years. I moved there for college and then stayed for a time as I worked my first post college jobs. I lived in apartments and houses, depending on what I was renting. I lived there from 1992 to 2001.

I loved the food: they have their own local twist on Mexican food, the Mesilla Valley tradition, that is absolutely delicious. Hatch green chile and the local, southern NM spice mix are the underlying reasons. The local people are really friendly. The cost of living was very low.

Albuquerque, NM

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Population: 559,202
Median Age: 36.3
Married households: 16.0%
Households with kids: 29.0%
More on Albuquerque: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Albuquerque AL-b-kur-kee; Navajo: Beeeldl Dahsinil ) 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 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.

Review Of Albuquerque by HomeSnacks User

There is a lot of outdoor stuff to do, including hiking, biking, walking, ballooning, etc. Schools are not as good as other areas of the country, but the food and the weather cannot be beat. The cost of living is lower in Albuquerque than in other areas of the country.

The weather is incredible. I miss the Albuquerque skies.

Farmington, NM

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Population: 45,582
Median Age: 33.3
Married households: 18.0%
Households with kids: 36.3%
More on Farmington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Farmington 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 makes up one of the four Metropolitan Statistical Areas in New Mexico. The U.S. Census Bureau's population estimate in 2011 for Farmington was about 45,256.

Deming, NM

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Population: 14,292
Median Age: 34.4
Married households: 13.0%
Households with kids: 27.6%
More on Deming: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Deming is a city in Luna County, New Mexico, United States, located 60 miles west of Las Cruces and thirty-three miles north of the Mexican border. The population was 14,855 according to the 2010 census. Deming is the county seat and principal community of Luna County.

Review Of Deming by HomeSnacks User

This is h**l on Earth! Poverty, drugs and murders on a daily basis. I wouldn't recommend Deming to my worst enemy!

Clovis, NM

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Population: 39,239
Median Age: 31.2
Married households: 14.0%
Households with kids: 36.0%
More on Clovis: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Review Of Clovis by HomeSnacks User

Sounds like a great way to save the taxpayers the cost of more prisons, just sentence them to live in Clovis.

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 2014-2018 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. You can download the data here.

Read on to see why Portales is the talk of the town while Edgewood is probably a bit on the boring side.

There You Have It - The Best Cities for Singles in new mexico for 2020

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:

  1. Edgewood
  2. Grants
  3. Aztec

For more New Mexico reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In New Mexico

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Portales, NM 11,974 26.3
2 Lovington, NM 11,575 31.5
3 Alamogordo, NM 31,230 36.3
4 Las Vegas, NM 13,341 40.8
5 Socorro, NM 8,554 30.3
6 Las Cruces, NM 101,742 32.5
7 Albuquerque, NM 559,202 36.3
8 Farmington, NM 45,582 33.3
9 Deming, NM 14,292 34.4
10 Clovis, NM 39,239 31.2
11 Santa Fe, NM 83,847 43.3
12 Truth Or Consequences, NM 5,968 52.3
13 Anthony, NM 9,368 25.6
14 Bernalillo, NM 9,315 42.0
15 Sunland Park, NM 16,602 29.3
16 Hobbs, NM 38,052 30.6
17 Roswell, NM 48,186 34.7
18 Ruidoso, NM 7,757 53.1
19 Taos, NM 6,021 47.6
20 Bloomfield, NM 7,996 30.4
21 Artesia, NM 12,202 32.9
22 Gallup, NM 22,105 31.8
23 Belen, NM 7,106 35.9
24 Carlsbad, NM 28,838 35.4
25 Raton, NM 6,145 46.0
26 Rio Rancho, NM 94,765 38.3
27 Corrales, NM 8,544 54.7
28 Los Lunas, NM 15,428 37.2
29 Los Ranchos De Albuquerque, NM 6,131 50.3
30 Aztec, NM 6,567 33.0
31 Grants, NM 9,063 36.5
32 Edgewood, NM 6,067 44.5

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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