These Are The 10 Safest Cities In New Mexico

We used data and science to determine the places in New Mexico where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list. For a lot of people who live in the fine state of New Mexico, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. New Mexico is somewhere in the middle.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Land of Enchantment. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.

After analyzing 32 places in New Mexico with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Lovington
  2. Sunland Park
  3. Corrales
  4. Los Alamos
  5. Anthony
  6. Rio Rancho
  7. Bloomfield
  8. Raton
  9. Aztec
  10. Ruidoso

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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How we calculated the safest cities in New Mexico

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (2014). Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used three criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
  • Total crimes per capita
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For example, there were a total of 16 crimes committed in Lovington which had a reported population of 11,693. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00137 which translates into a 1 in 731 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2014. This left us with a total of 32 places in New Mexico to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 32 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places three criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In New Mexico".

The safest city, based on population, is Lovington. The most dangerous? Gallup, where residents had a 1 in 180 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

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1. Lovington

Lovington - Safest Places In New Mexico
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,693
Property Crime Rank: 2
Violent Crime Rank: 14

2. Sunland Park

Sunland Park - Safest Places In New Mexico
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,270
Property Crime Rank: 8
Violent Crime Rank: 15

3. Corrales

Corrales - Safest Places In New Mexico
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,477
Property Crime Rank: 13
Violent Crime Rank: 17

4. Los Alamos

Los Alamos - Safest Places In New Mexico
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,703
Property Crime Rank: 10
Violent Crime Rank: 25

5. Anthony

Anthony - Safest Places In New Mexico
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,340
Property Crime Rank: 15
Violent Crime Rank: 35

6. Rio Rancho

Rio Rancho - Safest Places In New Mexico
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 92,965
Property Crime Rank: 27
Violent Crime Rank: 22

7. Bloomfield

Bloomfield - Safest Places In New Mexico
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,724
Property Crime Rank: 26
Violent Crime Rank: 34

8. Raton

Raton - Safest Places In New Mexico
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,455
Property Crime Rank: 42
Violent Crime Rank: 12

9. Aztec

Aztec - Safest Places In New Mexico
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,530
Property Crime Rank: 32
Violent Crime Rank: 31

10. Ruidoso

Ruidoso - Safest Places In New Mexico
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,949
Property Crime Rank: 36
Violent Crime Rank: 28

There You Have It

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Lovington is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most New Mexico residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.

Most dangerous cities in New Mexico:
3rd Most Dangerous: Espanola
2nd Most Dangerous: Belen
Most Dangerous: Gallup

Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In New Mexico

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Lovington111,693214
Sunland Park215,270815
Corrales38,4771317
Los Alamos417,7031025
Anthony59,3401535
Rio Rancho692,9652722
Bloomfield77,7242634
Raton86,4554212
Aztec96,5303231
Ruidoso107,9493628
Portales1112,5244121
Alamogordo1231,5463827
Santa Fe1370,4384730
Grants149,2644044
Las Cruces15102,1135026
Tucumcari165,1003948
Farmington1745,2894345
Carlsbad1828,0384940
Hobbs1936,5454846
Clovis2039,8205732
Las Vegas2113,6034457
Artesia2211,5194659
Los Lunas2315,3785251
Bernalillo248,3365156
Socorro258,8795450
Deming2614,5485358
Albuquerque27558,8745554
Roswell2848,6365949
Taos295,7376355
Espanola3010,1715863
Belen317,2286161
Gallup3222,3596262

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