These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In New Mexico


We used data and science to determine which places in New Mexico go easy on your wallet.

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A wise sage once said “she works hard for the money” and these places in New Mexico definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the places in New Mexico where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Land of Enchantment, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 32 largest places in New Mexico, we were left with this set of the best value for your money:

  1. Tucumcari
  2. Raton
  3. Anthony
  4. Las Vegas
  5. Roswell
  6. Truth Or Consequences
  7. Sunland Park
  8. Portales
  9. Deming
  10. Lovington

So listen up Rio Rancho as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Land of Enchantment

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in New Mexico to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 32 places in New Mexico that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

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1. Tucumcari

Tucumcari, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,313
Services: 92
Groceries: 98
Healthcare: 100
Housing: 37
Transportation: 89
Utiltiies: 85

2. Raton

Raton, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,825
Services: 84
Groceries: 97
Healthcare: 92
Housing: 54
Transportation: 88
Utiltiies: 83

3. Anthony

Anthony, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,591
Services: 93
Groceries: 103
Healthcare: 89
Housing: 48
Transportation: 98
Utiltiies: 88

4. Las Vegas

Las Vegas, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,701
Services: 84
Groceries: 97
Healthcare: 92
Housing: 60
Transportation: 88
Utiltiies: 83

5. Roswell

Roswell, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 48,167
Services: 94
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 101
Housing: 56
Transportation: 88
Utiltiies: 81

6. Truth Or Consequences


Population: 6,477
Services: 93
Groceries: 103
Healthcare: 89
Housing: 51
Transportation: 98
Utiltiies: 88

7. Sunland Park

Sunland Park, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,267
Services: 93
Groceries: 103
Healthcare: 89
Housing: 52
Transportation: 98
Utiltiies: 88

8. Portales

Portales, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,327
Services: 94
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 101
Housing: 60
Transportation: 88
Utiltiies: 81

9. Deming

Deming, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,864
Services: 93
Groceries: 103
Healthcare: 89
Housing: 53
Transportation: 98
Utiltiies: 88

10. Lovington

Lovington, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,993
Services: 100
Groceries: 90
Healthcare: 103
Housing: 52
Transportation: 96
Utiltiies: 100

Detailed List Of Affordable Places In New Mexico

City Rank Population Services Grociers Healthcare
Tucumcari 1 5,313 92 98 100
Raton 2 6,825 84 97 92
Anthony 3 8,591 93 103 89
Las Vegas 4 13,701 84 97 92
Roswell 5 48,167 94 91 101
Truth Or Consequences 6 6,477 93 103 89
Sunland Park 7 14,267 93 103 89
Portales 8 12,327 94 91 101
Deming 9 14,864 93 103 89
Lovington 10 10,993 100 90 103
Clovis 11 37,538 94 91 101
Socorro 12 9,020 93 103 89
Alamogordo 13 30,544 93 103 89
Carlsbad 14 26,158 100 90 103
Hobbs 15 34,111 100 90 103
Belen 16 7,267 93 103 89
Silver City 17 10,331 93 103 89
Gallup 18 21,701 92 93 95
Grants 19 9,217 109 101 101
Artesia 20 11,268 100 90 103
Bernalillo 21 8,302 109 101 101
Taos 22 5,661 84 97 92
Las Cruces 23 97,393 93 103 89
Los Lunas 24 14,731 93 103 89
Ruidoso 25 8,055 93 103 89
Bloomfield 26 7,996 109 101 101
Santa Fe 27 68,298 84 97 92
Albuquerque 28 545,083 93 103 89
Aztec 29 6,736 109 101 101
Farmington 30 45,458 109 101 101
Los Ranchos De Albuquerque 31 6,021 93 103 89
Rio Rancho 32 87,068 109 101 101

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