These Are The 10 Safest Cities In New Mexico For 2017

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

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

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:

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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 (Sept 2015). 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 1,299 crimes committed in Sunland Park which had a reported population of 15,142. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0858 which translates into a 1 in 12 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 29 places in New Mexico to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 29 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 Sunland Park. The most dangerous? Gallup, where residents had a 1 in 3 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. Sunland Park

Sunland Park - Safest Places In New Mexico
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,142
Property Crime Rank: 569
Violent Crime Rank: 730

2. Corrales

Corrales - Safest Places In New Mexico
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,455
Property Crime Rank: 458
Violent Crime Rank: 1,533

3. Rio Rancho

Rio Rancho - Safest Places In New Mexico
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 91,807
Property Crime Rank: 1,501
Violent Crime Rank: 1,894

4. Lovington

Lovington - Safest Places In New Mexico
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,499
Property Crime Rank: 1,726
Violent Crime Rank: 2,152

5. Bloomfield

Bloomfield - Safest Places In New Mexico
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,735
Property Crime Rank: 1,534
Violent Crime Rank: 2,940

6. Grants

Grants - Safest Places In New Mexico
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,243
Property Crime Rank: 1,604
Violent Crime Rank: 2,846

7. Raton

Raton - Safest Places In New Mexico
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,493
Property Crime Rank: 2,179
Violent Crime Rank: 2,031

8. Alamogordo

Alamogordo - Safest Places In New Mexico
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,198
Property Crime Rank: 2,523
Violent Crime Rank: 2,618

9. Ruidoso

Ruidoso - Safest Places In New Mexico
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,884
Property Crime Rank: 2,766
Violent Crime Rank: 2,322

10. Aztec

Aztec - Safest Places In New Mexico
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,501
Property Crime Rank: 2,155
Violent Crime Rank: 3,319

There You Have It - The Safest In New Mexico

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Sunland Park 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: Belen
2nd Most Dangerous: Taos
Most Dangerous: Gallup

Detailed List Of The 100 Safest Cities To Live In New Mexico

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Sunland Park115,142569730
Corrales28,4554581,533
Rio Rancho391,8071,5011,894
Lovington411,4991,7262,152
Bloomfield57,7351,5342,940
Grants69,2431,6042,846
Raton76,4932,1792,031
Alamogordo831,1982,5232,618
Ruidoso97,8842,7662,322
Aztec106,5012,1553,319
Santa Fe1183,0082,9022,628
Portales1212,4162,6383,137
Farmington1344,8652,9112,791
Las Cruces14101,1643,4332,125
Las Vegas1513,7132,3953,691
Truth or Consequences166,2663,0833,026
Los Lunas1715,2813,0983,569
Bernalillo188,5223,1103,564
Carlsbad1927,5923,3833,209
Hobbs2036,1913,3533,468
Clovis2139,4663,7122,835
Roswell2248,5533,4523,334
Deming2314,6673,5603,432
Socorro248,8433,6793,399
Artesia2511,6413,4473,745
Albuquerque26556,0923,6583,647
Belen277,2093,6223,831
Taos285,7113,8223,799
Gallup2922,4673,8303,816

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