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.
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:
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
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
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.
Population: 11,693Property Crime Rank: 2Violent Crime Rank: 14
2. Sunland Park
Population: 15,270Property Crime Rank: 8Violent Crime Rank: 15
Population: 8,477Property Crime Rank: 13Violent Crime Rank: 17
4. Los Alamos
Population: 17,703Property Crime Rank: 10Violent Crime Rank: 25
Population: 9,340Property Crime Rank: 15Violent Crime Rank: 35
6. Rio Rancho
Population: 92,965Property Crime Rank: 27Violent Crime Rank: 22
Population: 7,724Property Crime Rank: 26Violent Crime Rank: 34
Population: 6,455Property Crime Rank: 42Violent Crime Rank: 12
Population: 6,530Property Crime Rank: 32Violent Crime Rank: 31
Population: 7,949Property Crime Rank: 36Violent 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