These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In New Mexico


We analyzed over 29 places in New Mexico to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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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:

  1. Anthony
  2. Lovington (Photos)
  3. Sunland Park (Photos)
  4. Portales (Photos)
  5. Roswell (Photos)
  6. Alamogordo (Photos)
  7. Las Vegas (Photos)
  8. Las Cruces (Photos)
  9. Hobbs (Photos)
  10. Tucumcari (Photos)

Why did Anthony take the top spot? And where are Albuquerque and Las Cruces?

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details. Or check out the purely worst and best places to live in New Mexico.

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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.

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1. Anthony

Anthony, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,459
Cost Of Living: 81
Distance to Closest Airport: 19 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,797
Anthony ranked 1st overall thanks to it’s 2nd place rank for cost of living and it’s 3rd place safety rank.

2. Lovington

Lovington, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,559
Cost Of Living: 82
Distance to Closest Airport: 72 miles
Crime Per 100k: 432
Lovington ranked 2nd overall thanks to it’s 3rd place rank for cost of living and it’s 1st place safety rank.

3. Sunland Park

Sunland Park, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,588
Cost Of Living: 87
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,052
Sunland Park ranked 3rd overall thanks to it’s 10th place rank for cost of living and it’s 2nd place safety rank.

4. Portales

Portales, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,275
Cost Of Living: 87
Distance to Closest Airport: 90 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,503
Portales ranked 4th overall thanks to it’s 10th place rank for cost of living and it’s 10th place safety rank.

5. Roswell

Roswell, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 48,407
Cost Of Living: 84
Distance to Closest Airport: 4 miles
Crime Per 100k: 7,083
Roswell ranked 5th overall thanks to it’s 4th place rank for cost of living and it’s 26th place safety rank.

6. Alamogordo

Alamogordo, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,201
Cost Of Living: 96
Distance to Closest Airport: 69 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,400
Alamogordo ranked 6th overall thanks to it’s 18th place rank for cost of living and it’s 8th place safety rank.

7. Las Vegas

Las Vegas, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,570
Cost Of Living: 87
Distance to Closest Airport: 163 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,333
Las Vegas ranked 7th overall thanks to it’s 10th place rank for cost of living and it’s 15th place safety rank.

8. Las Cruces

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 101,459
Cost Of Living: 93
Distance to Closest Airport: 8 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,838
Las Cruces ranked 8th overall thanks to it’s 15th place rank for cost of living and it’s 17th place safety rank.

9. Hobbs

Hobbs, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,863
Cost Of Living: 86
Distance to Closest Airport: 77 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,958
Hobbs ranked 9th overall thanks to it’s 8th place rank for cost of living and it’s 19th place safety rank.

10. Tucumcari

Tucumcari, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,091
Cost Of Living: 77
Distance to Closest Airport: 112 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,810
Tucumcari ranked 10th overall thanks to it’s 1st place rank for cost of living and it’s 12th 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:

  • Taos
  • Gallup
  • Aztec

For more New Mexico reading , check out:

Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In New Mexico

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Anthony 1 9,459 81 19 1,797
Lovington 2 11,559 82 72 432
Sunland Park 3 15,588 87 11 1,052
Portales 4 12,275 87 90 3,503
Roswell 5 48,407 84 4 7,083
Alamogordo 6 31,201 96 69 3,400
Las Vegas 7 13,570 87 163 4,333
Las Cruces 8 101,459 93 8 4,838
Hobbs 9 36,863 86 77 4,958
Tucumcari 10 5,091 77 112 3,810
Deming 11 14,582 85 48 5,959
Artesia 12 11,817 97 31 4,679
Raton 13 6,348 84 191 3,418
Carlsbad 14 28,079 95 63 4,879
Bloomfield 15 7,565 92 281 2,313
Clovis 16 39,461 98 94 6,236
Grants 17 9,263 85 204 3,746
Albuquerque 18 556,859 101 173 6,351
Ruidoso 19 7,833 109 65 3,344
Santa Fe 20 82,927 120 182 3,932
Rio Rancho 21 92,966 99 184 2,139
Bernalillo 22 8,676 109 180 5,325
Socorro 23 8,760 87 121 6,175
Los Lunas 24 15,271 97 164 5,638
Farmington 25 44,067 103 286 4,134
Belen 26 7,184 89 158 9,145
Aztec 27 6,354 99 276 2,785
Gallup 28 22,523 93 234 12,631
Taos 29 5,735 104 221 11,595

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