These Are The 10 Safest Places In New Mexico For 2018

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 all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Sunland Park.

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

In all, we analyzed 31 cities in New Mexico with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Here's the list of the safest cities in New Mexico for 2018:
  1. Sunland Park (Photos | Homes)
  2. Los Alamos (Photos | Homes)
  3. Corrales (Photos | Homes)
  4. Rio Rancho (Photos | Homes)
  5. Lovington (Photos | Homes)
  6. Raton (Photos | Homes)
  7. Ruidoso (Photos | Homes)
  8. Grants (Photos | Homes)
  9. Bloomfield (Photos | Homes)
  10. Alamogordo (Photos | Homes)

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

How we calculated the safest cities in New Mexico

Safest Cities in New Mexico Graph

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 2017) in New Mexico.

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 two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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For example, there were a total of 148 crimes committed in Sunland Park which had a reported population of 16,301. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0091 which translates into a 1 in 110 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 2016. This left us with a total of 31 of the biggest cities in New Mexico to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 31 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places two 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 our criteria, is Sunland Park. The most dangerous city in New Mexico? Belen, where residents had a 1 in 10 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.

1. Sunland Park

Sunland Park, NM
Source: Public domain

Population: 16,301
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 147 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 760 (1st safest)
More on Sunland Park: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Sunland Park is a city in southern Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States, on the borders of Texas and the Mexican state of Chihuahua, with Ciudad Juárez adjoining it on the south and El Paso, Texas on the east. The community of Santa Teresa adjoins it on the northwest. The population of Sunland Park was 14,106 at the 2010 census and was estimated at 15,400 by the United States Census Bureau in 2014. Though it lies adjacent to El Paso, being in Doña Ana County makes it a part of the Las Cruces metropolitan statistical area. Las Cruces is 42 miles (68 km) to the north.

2. Los Alamos

Los Alamos, NM

Population: 17,667
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 101 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 786 (2nd safest)
More on Los Alamos: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Los Alamos (Spanish: Los Álamos, meaning "The Cottonwoods" or "The Poplars") is a town in Los Alamos County, New Mexico, United States that is recognized as the birthplace of the atomic bomb??the primary objective of the Manhattan Project by Los Alamos National Laboratory during World War II. The town is located on four mesas of the Pajarito Plateau, and has a population of 12,019. It is the county seat and one of two population centers in the county known as census-designated places (CDPs); the other is White Rock.

3. Corrales

Corrales, NM

Population: 8,530
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 82 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,101 (3rd safest)
More on Corrales: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Corrales is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 8,329 at the 2010 Census. With proximity to the Rio Grande, the village was founded for agricultural purposes. The Rio Grande Bosque on the eastern edge of the village provides refuge for native animals and plants. The village fights hard to maintain its rural character in light of being surrounded by the rapidly expanding cities of Rio Rancho and Albuquerque.

4. Rio Rancho

Rio Rancho, NM
Source: Public domain

Population: 95,454
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 225 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,357 (4th safest)
More on Rio Rancho: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Rio Rancho (Spanish: Río Rancho) is the largest city and economic hub of Sandoval County in the U.S. state of New Mexico. A small portion of the city extends into northern Bernalillo County. It is the third-largest and also one of the fastest expanding cities in New Mexico. As of the 2010 census, Rio Rancho had a population of 93,820.

5. Lovington

Lovington, NM
Source: Public domain

Population: 11,970
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 150 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,664 (7th safest)
More on Lovington: PhotosReal Estate | Data

6. Raton

Raton, NM

Population: 6,058
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 214 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,152 (10th safest)
More on Raton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Raton (ra-TONE) is a city and the county seat of Colfax County in northeastern New Mexico. The city is located just south of Raton Pass.

7. Ruidoso

Ruidoso, NM
Source: Public domain

Population: 7,683
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 273 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,746 (8th safest)
More on Ruidoso: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. The population was 8,029 at the 2010 census. The city of Ruidoso Downs and the unincorporated area of Alto are suburbs of Ruidoso, and contribute to the Ruidoso Micropolitan Statistical Area's population of 21,223.

8. Grants

Grants, NM
Source: Public domain

Population: 9,245
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 421 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,606 (6th safest)
More on Grants: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Grants is a city in Cibola County, New Mexico, United States. It is located about 78 miles (126 km) west of Albuquerque. The population was 9,182 at the 2010 Census. It is the county seat of Cibola County.

9. Bloomfield

Bloomfield, NM
Source: Public domain

Population: 7,163
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 558 (15th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,582 (5th safest)
More on Bloomfield: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Bloomfield (Navajo: Naabiání) is a city in San Juan County, New Mexico, United States. It is part of the Farmington Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 8,112 at the 2010 census.

10. Alamogordo

Alamogordo, NM
Source: Public domain

Population: 30,768
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 373 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,282 (12th safest)
More on Alamogordo: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Alamogordo /ælmrdo/ is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. A city in the Tularosa Basin of the Chihuahuan Desert, it is bordered on the east by the Sacramento Mountains and to the west by White Sands National Monument. It is the city nearest to Holloman Air Force Base. The population was 30,403 as of the 2010 census. Alamogordo is known for its connection with the Trinity test, the first explosion of an atomic bomb, and also for the Atari video game burial of 1983.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Land of Enchantment

Looking at the data, you can tell that Sunland Park is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most New Mexico residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in New Mexico according to the data:

  1. Belen
  2. Gallup
  3. Taos
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In New Mexico For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
Sunland Park, NM 1 1 16,301 147 760
Los Alamos, NM 2 - 17,667 101 786
Corrales, NM 3 2 8,530 82 1,101
Rio Rancho, NM 4 3 95,454 225 2,357
Lovington, NM 5 4 11,970 150 2,664
Raton, NM 6 5 6,058 214 3,152
Ruidoso, NM 7 9 7,683 273 2,746
Grants, NM 8 6 9,245 421 2,606
Bloomfield, NM 9 7 7,163 558 2,582
Alamogordo, NM 10 8 30,768 373 3,282
Truth Or Consequences, NM 11 15 6,000 366 3,466
Santa Fe, NM 12 14 84,663 382 3,819
Aztec, NM 13 11 6,031 580 3,017
Portales, NM 14 12 11,921 419 3,959
Las Cruces, NM 15 13 102,349 245 4,678
Carlsbad, NM 16 17 29,538 450 3,916
Las Vegas, NM 17 16 13,256 882 3,160
Deming, NM 18 23 14,457 601 4,309
Roswell, NM 19 22 48,556 640 4,390
Hobbs, NM 20 20 39,349 561 4,815
Farmington, NM 21 10 42,270 693 4,393
Clovis, NM 22 18 39,725 561 6,003
Bernalillo, NM 23 19 8,946 961 4,393
Artesia, NM 24 24 12,180 894 4,433
Los Lunas, NM 25 21 15,398 837 4,909
Socorro, NM 26 25 8,665 738 5,493
Albuquerque, NM 27 26 561,560 1,112 6,860
Espanola, NM 28 27 10,030 2,671 5,553
Taos, NM 29 29 5,746 991 7,866
Gallup, NM 30 30 23,528 1,725 7,004
Belen, NM 31 28 7,127 1,711 7,534

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