Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is New Mexico a good place?
The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in New Mexico.
Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Land Of Enchantment based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.
So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of New Mexico, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 28 counties in the state.
After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Land Of Enchantment for 2018:
- Los Alamos County (Photos)
- Quay County (Photos)
- Grant County (Photos)
- Guadalupe County (Photos)
- Santa Fe County (Photos)
- Union County (Photos)
- Sandoval County (Photos)
- Eddy County (Photos)
- Sierra County (Photos)
- Lincoln County (Photos)
Los Alamos County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in New Mexico. And you might want to avoid Mckinley County if you can — at least according to the data.
So if you’re thinking of making the move New Mexico, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.
How do you determine which New Mexico county is the best?
To give you the best county in New Mexico, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.
We paid particular attention to:
- Violent Crime Rates
- Property Crime Rates
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Unemployment Rates
- Adult Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty Rates
We then ranked each county in New Mexico across each of the criteria from one to 28, with one being the best.
Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In New Mexico’.
The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Land Of Enchantment.
Read on to see why Los Alamos County is the best county, while Mckinley County is probably in contention for being the worst county in New Mexico.
2. Quay County
3. Grant County
6. Union County
8. Eddy County
Biggest Place: Truth or Consequences
Median Income: $29,679 (23rd best)
Median Home Price: $89,900 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 10.0% (19th best)
More on Sierra County: Photos | Data
10. Lincoln County
There You Have It – The Best Counties In New Mexico To Call Home For 2018
It turns out living in New Mexico can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?
But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.
Here’s a look at the worst counties in New Mexico according to the data:
- Mckinley County
- Luna County
- Valencia County
For more New Mexico reading, check out:
- 10 Most Diverse Cities In New Mexico
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In New Mexico
- 10 Best Cities For Singles In New Mexico
- 10 Worst Places To Live In New Mexico
Detailed List Of The Best Counties In New Mexico
|Los Alamos County||1|
|Santa Fe County||5|
|San Juan County||12|
|Doña Ana County||22|
|San Miguel County||24|