These Are The 10 Safest Cities In New Mexico For 2019

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 Los Alamos.

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 29 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 2019:

  1. Los Alamos (Photos | Homes)
  2. Corrales (Photos | Homes)
  3. Anthony (Photos | Homes)
  4. Rio Rancho (Photos | Homes)
  5. Truth or Consequences (Photos | Homes)
  6. Grants (Photos | Homes)
  7. Ruidoso (Photos | Homes)
  8. Raton (Photos | Homes)
  9. Portales (Photos | Homes)
  10. Alamogordo (Photos | Homes)

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

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 2018) 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)
10 Best Places To Live In New Mexico

For example, there were a total of 123 crimes committed in Los Alamos which had a reported population of 18,204. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0068 which translates into a 1 in 148 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 2017. This left us with a total of 29 of the biggest cities in New Mexico to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 29 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 Los Alamos. The most dangerous city in New Mexico? Belen, where residents had a 1 in 9 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.

Los Alamos, NM
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 18,204
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 164 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 510 (1st safest)
More on Los Alamos: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Corrales, NM
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 8,625
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 57 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 892 (3rd safest)
More on Corrales: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Anthony, NM
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
3
/10

Population: 9,296
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 225 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 860 (2nd safest)
More on Anthony: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Rio Rancho, NM
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 97,444
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 171 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,042 (5th safest)
More on Rio Rancho: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Truth Or Consequences, NM
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
3
/10

Population: 5,949
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 336 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,739 (8th safest)
More on Truth Or Consequences: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Grants, NM
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
3
/10

Population: 9,313
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 418 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,696 (4th safest)
More on Grants: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Ruidoso, NM
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 7,729
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 336 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,859 (9th safest)
More on Ruidoso: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Raton, NM
Overall SnackAbility
4
/10

Population: 5,983
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 133 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,911 (15th safest)
More on Raton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Portales, NM
Overall SnackAbility
4
/10

Population: 11,928
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 201 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,705 (13th safest)
More on Portales: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Alamogordo, NM
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 31,386
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 360 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,141 (10th safest)
More on Alamogordo: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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

Looking at the data, you can tell that Los Alamos 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. Albuquerque
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List Of Safest Cities In New Mexico For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Los Alamos, NM 18,204 164 510
2 Corrales, NM 8,625 57 892
3 Anthony, NM 9,296 225 860
4 Rio Rancho, NM 97,444 171 2,042
5 Truth Or Consequences, NM 5,949 336 2,739
6 Grants, NM 9,313 418 1,696
7 Ruidoso, NM 7,729 336 2,859
8 Raton, NM 5,983 133 3,911
9 Portales, NM 11,928 201 3,705
10 Alamogordo, NM 31,386 360 3,141
11 Santa Fe, NM 84,358 342 3,767
12 Aztec, NM 5,836 565 3,272
13 Las Vegas, NM 13,160 752 2,537
14 Carlsbad, NM 29,397 476 4,116
15 Deming, NM 14,428 575 4,130
16 Bloomfield, NM 6,932 1,283 2,481
17 Roswell, NM 48,134 635 4,138
18 Hobbs, NM 38,871 645 4,280
19 Artesia, NM 12,388 1,283 3,398
20 Bernalillo, NM 9,355 844 4,553
21 Socorro, NM 8,547 994 4,972
22 Taos, NM 5,771 623 8,889
23 Clovis, NM 39,561 798 5,136
24 Farmington, NM 40,940 1,267 4,814
25 Los Lunas, NM 15,527 1,191 5,075
26 Espanola, NM 10,121 2,934 4,752
27 Albuquerque, NM 561,375 1,369 7,365
28 Gallup, NM 22,815 1,542 6,543
29 Belen, NM 7,095 2,029 8,118

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