These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In New Mexico For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in New Mexico that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and New Mexico does this very well. Families love the Land Of Enchantment’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in New Mexico that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in New Mexico for 2018:

  1. Rio Rancho (Photos)
  2. Farmington (Photos)
  3. Aztec (Photos)
  4. Bloomfield (Photos)
  5. Bernalillo (Photos)
  6. Grants (Photos)
  7. Artesia (Photos)
  8. Hobbs (Photos)
  9. Albuquerque (Photos)
  10. Carlsbad (Photos)

So hopefully Raton (the cheapest place to live in New Mexico) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out the best places to live in New Mexico or the cheapest.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Land of Enchantment For 2018

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 most 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 30 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.

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. Rio Rancho

Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 87,068
Services: 109
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 101
Housing: 103
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 96
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.

2. Farmington

Farmington, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 45,458
Services: 109
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 101
Housing: 95
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 96
Farmington (Navajo: Tóta’ ) is a city in San Juan County in the US state of New Mexico. As of the 2013 population estimate from the United States Census Bureau the city had a total population of 45,426 people. Farmington (and surrounding San Juan County) makes up one of the four Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA’s) in New Mexico. The U.S. Census Bureau’s population estimate in 2011 for Farmington was about 45,256.

3. Aztec

Aztec, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,736
Services: 109
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 101
Housing: 90
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 96

4. Bloomfield

Bloomfield, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,996
Services: 109
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 101
Housing: 76
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 96
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.

5. Bernalillo

Bernalillo, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,302
Services: 109
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 101
Housing: 64
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 96
Bernalillo is a town in Sandoval County, New Mexico, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the town population was 8,320. It is the county seat of Sandoval County.

6. Grants

Grants, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,217
Services: 109
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 101
Housing: 58
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 96
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.

7. Artesia

Artesia, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,268
Services: 100
Groceries: 90
Health Care: 103
Housing: 67
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 100
Artesia is a city in Eddy County, New Mexico, United States, centered at the intersection of U.S. Route 82 and U.S. Route 285; the two highways serve as the city’s Main Street and First Street, respectively. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 11,301.

8. Hobbs

Hobbs, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,111
Services: 100
Groceries: 90
Health Care: 103
Housing: 63
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 100
Hobbs is a city in Lea County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 34,122 at the 2010 Census, increasing from 28,657 at the 2000 census.

9. Albuquerque

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 545,083
Services: 93
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 89
Housing: 99
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 88
Albuquerque (/ælbkrki/ ( listen) AL-b-kur-kee; Navajo: Beeeldííl Dahsinil /pèèltíl txsnl/) is the most populous city in the U.S. state of New Mexico. The high-elevation city serves as the county seat of Bernalillo County, and it is situated in the north central part of the state, straddling the Rio Grande. The city population is 559,277 as of the July 1, 2016 population estimate from the United States Census Bureau, and ranks as the 32nd-largest city in the U.S. The Albuquerque metropolitan statistical area (or MSA) has a population of 909,906 according to the United States Census Bureau’s most recently available estimate for 2016. Albuquerque is the 60th-largest United States metropolitan area. The Albuquerque MSA population includes the city of Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Placitas, Corrales, Los Lunas, Belen, Bosque Farms, and forms part of the larger Albuquerque–Santa Fe–Las Vegas combined statistical area, with a total population of 1,171,991 as of the July 1, 2016, Census Bureau estimates.

10. Carlsbad

Carlsbad, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,158
Services: 100
Groceries: 90
Health Care: 103
Housing: 61
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 100
Carlsbad (/krlzbæd/ KARLZ-bad) is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 26,138. Carlsbad is centered at the intersection of U.S. Routes 62/180 and 285, and is the principal city of the Carlsbad-Artesia Micropolitan Statistical Area, which has a total population of 55,435. Located in the southeastern part of New Mexico, Carlsbad straddles the Pecos River and sits at the eastern edge of the Guadalupe Mountains.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in New Mexico that have the highest cost of living, with Rio Rancho ranking as the most expensive city in the Land of Enchantment.

If you’re curious, here are the least expensive cities in New Mexico:

  1. Raton
  2. Las Vegas
  3. Tucumcari

For more New Mexico reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In New Mexico

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

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