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. Sunland Park
  3. Lovington
  4. Las Vegas
  5. Tucumcari
  6. Raton
  7. Bloomfield
  8. Portales
  9. Albuquerque
  10. Grants

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.

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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: 9,462
Cost 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

Sunland Park, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,794
Cost 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.

3. Lovington

Lovington, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,364
Cost 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

Las Vegas, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,833
Cost 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.

5. Tucumcari

Tucumcari, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,237
Cost 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.

6. Raton

Raton, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,627
Cost 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.

7. Bloomfield

Bloomfield, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,877
Cost 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.

8. Portales

Portales, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,481
Cost 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.

9. Albuquerque

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 553,576
Cost 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.

10. Grants

Grants, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,245
Cost 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:

  • Ruidoso
  • Taos
  • Clovis

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In New Mexico

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Anthony 1 9,462 81 19 1,796
Sunland Park 2 14,794 87 11 1,108
Lovington 3 11,364 82 72 439
Las Vegas 4 13,833 87 163 4,250
Tucumcari 5 5,237 77 112 3,704
Raton 6 6,627 84 191 3,274
Bloomfield 7 7,877 92 281 2,221
Portales 8 12,481 87 90 3,445
Albuquerque 9 553,576 101 173 6,389
Grants 10 9,245 85 204 3,753
Roswell 11 48,568 84 4 7,060
Rio Rancho 12 90,627 99 184 2,194
Bernalillo 13 8,400 109 180 5,500
Socorro 14 8,898 87 121 6,080
Alamogordo 15 31,224 96 69 3,398
Santa Fe 16 69,245 120 182 4,709
Los Lunas 17 15,203 97 164 5,663
Hobbs 18 35,343 86 77 5,172
Farmington 19 45,383 103 286 4,014
Belen 20 7,249 89 158 9,063
Deming 21 14,760 85 48 5,887
Artesia 22 11,494 97 31 4,811
Las Cruces 23 100,360 93 8 4,891
Aztec 24 6,619 99 276 2,674
Gallup 25 22,189 93 234 12,821
Carlsbad 26 26,996 95 63 5,074
Clovis 27 39,204 98 94 6,277
Taos 28 5,713 104 221 11,640
Ruidoso 29 7,954 109 65 3,293

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