When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.
But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of New Mexico.
But where exactly in New Mexico? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.
To that end, we have tried to identify the places in New Mexico that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.
What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Anthony don’t mind us spreading the word. Here are our top ten places in the Land of Enchantment to retire:
How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Land of Enchantment
To create our list of the best places in New Mexico to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Land of Enchantment with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.
This left us with 29 places from across the state.
For these 29, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:
- Low cost of living
- Low crime
- Things to do (As measured by population density)
- Nice weather
- Distance to the closest international airport
We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 29, with the lowest number being the best.
Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Anthony, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.
Population: 9,462Cost Of Living: 81
Distance to Closest Airport: 19 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,796
Anthony ranked 1 overall thanks to its 2 place rank for cost of living and 3 place safety rank.
2. Sunland Park
Population: 14,794Cost Of Living: 87
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,108
Sunland Park ranked 2 overall thanks to its 10 place rank for cost of living and 2 place safety rank.
Population: 11,364Cost Of Living: 82
Distance to Closest Airport: 72 miles
Crime Per 100k: 439
Lovington ranked 3 overall thanks to its 3 place rank for cost of living and 1 place safety rank.
4. Las Vegas
Population: 13,833Cost Of Living: 87
Distance to Closest Airport: 163 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,250
Las Vegas ranked 4 overall thanks to its 10 place rank for cost of living and 14 place safety rank.
Population: 5,237Cost Of Living: 77
Distance to Closest Airport: 112 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,704
Tucumcari ranked 5 overall thanks to its 1 place rank for cost of living and 11 place safety rank.
Population: 6,627Cost Of Living: 84
Distance to Closest Airport: 191 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,274
Raton ranked 6 overall thanks to its 4 place rank for cost of living and 7 place safety rank.
Population: 7,877Cost Of Living: 92
Distance to Closest Airport: 281 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,221
Bloomfield ranked 7 overall thanks to its 14 place rank for cost of living and 5 place safety rank.
Population: 12,481Cost Of Living: 87
Distance to Closest Airport: 90 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,445
Portales ranked 8 overall thanks to its 10 place rank for cost of living and 10 place safety rank.
Population: 553,576Cost Of Living: 101
Distance to Closest Airport: 173 miles
Crime Per 100k: 6,389
Albuquerque ranked 9 overall thanks to its 24 place rank for cost of living and 25 place safety rank.
Population: 9,245Cost Of Living: 85
Distance to Closest Airport: 204 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,753
Grants ranked 10 overall thanks to its 6 place rank for cost of living and 12 place safety rank.
Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…
So there you have it, the best place to retire in New Mexico goes to Anthony.
If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:
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