These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In New Mexico For 2019


We used science and data to determine which small towns in New Mexico are the best of the best.

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You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in New Mexico, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Land Of Enchantment and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in New Mexico based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in New Mexico ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in New Mexico for 2019:

  1. Sandia Heights (Homes)
  2. La Huerta (Homes)
  3. San Antonito CDP (Bernalillo County) (Homes)
  4. Sandia Knolls (Homes)
  5. Placitas CDP (Sandoval County) (Homes)
  6. El Rancho (Homes)
  7. Bosque Farms (Photos | Homes)
  8. Ranchos de Taos (Homes)
  9. La Mesilla (Homes)
  10. San Ysidro (Homes)

If you live in one of these small towns like Sandia Heights, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

For more reading on the Land Of Enchantment check out:

How We Determined The Coolest Towns In New Mexico

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 86 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 86, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in New Mexico. Top of that list — Sandia Heights.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in New Mexico.

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 3,337
Median Income: $101,395 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $437,500 (2nd Best)
More on Sandia Heights: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,359
Median Income: $95,529 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $265,400 (5th Best)
More on La Huerta: Data | Homes For Sale

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,141
Median Income: $93,969 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $261,400 (6th Best)
More on San Antonito Cdp (Bernalillo County): Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,414
Median Income: $72,500 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $190,700 (20th Best)
More on Sandia Knolls: Data | Homes For Sale

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,696
Median Income: $72,476 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $339,000 (3rd Best)
More on Placitas Cdp (Sandoval County): Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,180
Median Income: $65,313 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $195,600 (17th Best)
More on El Rancho: Data | Homes For Sale

Bosque Farms, NM

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,819
Median Income: $60,038 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $189,100 (21st Best)
More on Bosque Farms: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,092
Median Income: $40,664 (39th Best)
Median Home Value: $236,300 (10th Best)
More on Ranchos De Taos: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,403
Median Income: $50,735 (20th Best)
Median Home Value: $229,600 (12th Best)
More on La Mesilla: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,098
Median Income: $37,246 (45th Best)
Median Home Value: $145,500 (35th Best)
More on San Ysidro: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,484
Median Income: $48,370 (23rd Best)
Median Home Value: $148,500 (33rd Best)
More on Tome: Data | Homes For Sale

Mesilla, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,485
Median Income: $49,119 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $248,600 (8th Best)
More on Mesilla: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,025
Median Income: $47,375 (27th Best)
Median Home Value: $228,400 (13th Best)
More on Ponderosa Pine: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,801
Median Income: $47,355 (28th Best)
Median Home Value: $194,900 (18th Best)
More on Carnuel: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,412
Median Income: $40,565 (40th Best)
Median Home Value: $83,300 (61st Best)
More on Hurley: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,758
Median Income: $52,039 (18th Best)
Median Home Value: $128,200 (42nd Best)
More on Las Maravillas: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,230
Median Income: $51,579 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $233,700 (11th Best)
More on San Pablo: Data | Homes For Sale

Tularosa, NM

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,902
Median Income: $39,163 (43rd Best)
Median Home Value: $86,300 (59th Best)
More on Tularosa: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Edgewood, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,845
Median Income: $67,534 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $219,300 (14th Best)
More on Edgewood: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,194
Median Income: $60,650 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $243,300 (9th Best)
More on La Cienega: Data | Homes For Sale

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 20 small towns in New Mexico are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in New Mexico:

  1. Thoreau
  2. Monterey Park
  3. Twin Lakes

For more New Mexico reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In New Mexico

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Sandia Heights 3,337 $101,395.0 $437,500.0
2 La Huerta 1,359 $95,529.0 $265,400.0
3 San Antonito Cdp (Bernalillo County) 1,141 $93,969.0 $261,400.0
4 Sandia Knolls 1,414 $72,500.0 $190,700.0
5 Placitas Cdp (Sandoval County) 4,696 $72,476.0 $339,000.0
6 El Rancho 1,180 $65,313.0 $195,600.0
7 Bosque Farms 3,819 $60,038.0 $189,100.0
8 Ranchos De Taos 2,092 $40,664.0 $236,300.0
9 La Mesilla 2,403 $50,735.0 $229,600.0
10 San Ysidro 2,098 $37,246.0 $145,500.0
11 Tome 2,484 $48,370.0 $148,500.0
12 Mesilla 2,485 $49,119.0 $248,600.0
13 Ponderosa Pine 1,025 $47,375.0 $228,400.0
14 Carnuel 1,801 $47,355.0 $194,900.0
15 Hurley 1,412 $40,565.0 $83,300.0
16 Las Maravillas 1,758 $52,039.0 $128,200.0
17 San Pablo 1,230 $51,579.0 $233,700.0
18 Tularosa 2,902 $39,163.0 $86,300.0
19 Edgewood 3,845 $67,534.0 $219,300.0
20 La Cienega 3,194 $60,650.0 $243,300.0
21 Santa Rosa 3,135 $26,304.0 $86,400.0
22 Arenas Valley 1,786 $41,135.0 $153,800.0
23 Arroyo Seco 1,302 $40,475.0 $323,000.0
24 Peralta 3,590 $49,023.0 $198,400.0
25 Santa Teresa 4,784 $52,850.0 $175,300.0
26 Agua Fria 2,969 $39,255.0 $192,300.0
27 Eunice 3,065 $61,667.0 $90,900.0
28 Bayard 2,571 $35,617.0 $84,900.0
29 Elephant Butte 1,393 $35,729.0 $131,900.0
30 El Cerro 2,639 $60,952.0 $212,500.0
31 Jarales 2,054 $41,016.0 $154,200.0
32 Pojoaque 2,035 $47,109.0 $155,900.0
33 Nambe 1,876 $45,750.0 $259,600.0
34 Flora Vista 1,935 $54,918.0 $168,000.0
35 Dexter 1,159 $30,395.0 $80,500.0
36 Boles Acres 2,020 $47,600.0 $107,100.0
37 Clayton 2,987 $36,905.0 $76,100.0
38 Mountainair 1,128 $24,471.0 $71,500.0
39 Loving 1,331 $37,845.0 $104,500.0
40 Chama 1,068 $24,922.0 $141,400.0
41 Capitan 1,321 $33,750.0 $140,200.0
42 West Hammond 2,742 $56,350.0 $147,900.0
43 Jal 2,071 $54,009.0 $71,900.0
44 Questa 2,266 $32,229.0 $114,900.0
45 Waterflow 2,158 $72,941.0 $181,000.0
46 Radium Springs 1,504 $45,326.0 $93,400.0
47 La Puebla 1,010 $20,219.0 $160,400.0
48 Ruidoso Downs 2,607 $27,231.0 $124,500.0
49 Santa Clara 1,742 $23,963.0 $73,000.0
50 Spencerville 1,617 $48,250.0 $130,000.0
51 San Miguel 1,094 $44,531.0 $94,700.0
52 Texico 1,284 $34,750.0 $75,700.0
53 Sausal 1,667 $36,429.0 $141,000.0
54 Jemez Pueblo 2,022 $43,438.0 $105,700.0
55 Moriarty 2,276 $29,490.0 $100,400.0
56 Valencia 1,763 $32,600.0 $138,100.0
57 La Union 1,197 $42,689.0 $80,400.0
58 Midway 1,212 $34,492.0 $75,500.0
59 Pecos 1,545 $32,618.0 $175,900.0
60 Milan 3,644 $35,648.0 $91,100.0
61 La Luz 1,455 $31,667.0 $74,600.0
62 Ohkay Owingeh 1,480 $35,000.0 $2,000,000.0
63 Lordsburg 2,689 $30,236.0 $73,400.0
64 Dulce 2,705 $33,821.0 $107,200.0
65 Chimayo 2,680 $27,060.0 $157,200.0
66 Vado 1,951 $31,607.0 $102,300.0
67 Fort Sumner 1,181 $27,600.0 $36,500.0
68 Taos Pueblo 1,564 $27,300.0 $159,500.0
69 Santo Domingo Pueblo 2,596 $33,289.0 $102,300.0
70 Hatch 1,637 $29,583.0 $73,100.0
71 Crownpoint 2,445 $42,422.0 $57,300.0
72 San Felipe Pueblo 2,786 $53,611.0 $117,900.0
73 Estancia 1,657 $21,250.0 $122,600.0
74 El Cerro Mission 4,684 $30,667.0 $74,000.0
75 Indian Hills 1,015 $33,750.0 $153,000.0
76 Black Rock 1,626 $26,667.0 $61,600.0
77 Upper Fruitland 1,651 $47,857.0 $48,400.0
78 Keeler Farm 1,760 $30,833.0 $66,100.0
79 Laguna 1,410 $42,500.0 $72,600.0
80 Navajo 1,676 $16,750.0 $46,500.0
81 Berino 1,590 $23,836.0 $63,000.0
82 Mescalero 1,351 $32,941.0 $37,100.0
83 Meadow Lake 4,257 $24,645.0 $64,500.0
84 Twin Lakes 1,035 $24,333.0 $45,500.0
85 Monterey Park 1,897 $16,333.0 $43,900.0
86 Thoreau 1,356 $18,892.0 $53,600.0

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