These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In New Mexico


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:

  1. Rio Rancho (Photos)
  2. Los Ranchos De Albuquerque (Photos)
  3. Farmington (Photos)
  4. Aztec (Photos)
  5. Albuquerque (Photos)
  6. Santa Fe (Photos)
  7. Ruidoso (Photos)
  8. Bloomfield (Photos)
  9. Los Lunas (Photos)
  10. Las Cruces (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Tucumcari is the most affordable city in New Mexico.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in New Mexico.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities In New Mexico

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.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

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.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Rio Rancho, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Rio Rancho

Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 90,627
Services Index: 109
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 103
Healthcare Index: 101
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 96

2. Los Ranchos De Albuquerque

Source: Google Maps

Population: 6,074
Services Index: 93
Groceries Index: 103
Housing Index: 180
Healthcare Index: 89
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 88

3. Farmington

Farmington, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 45,383
Services Index: 109
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 95
Healthcare Index: 101
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 96

4. Aztec

Aztec, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,619
Services Index: 109
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 90
Healthcare Index: 101
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 96

5. Albuquerque

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 553,576
Services Index: 93
Groceries Index: 103
Housing Index: 99
Healthcare Index: 89
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 88

6. Santa Fe

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 69,245
Services Index: 84
Groceries Index: 97
Housing Index: 145
Healthcare Index: 92
Transportation Index: 88
Utilities Index: 83

7. Ruidoso

Ruidoso, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,954
Services Index: 93
Groceries Index: 103
Housing Index: 92
Healthcare Index: 89
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 88

8. Bloomfield

Bloomfield, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,877
Services Index: 109
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 76
Healthcare Index: 101
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 96

9. Los Lunas

Los Lunas, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,203
Services Index: 93
Groceries Index: 103
Housing Index: 85
Healthcare Index: 89
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 88

10. Las Cruces

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 100,360
Services Index: 93
Groceries Index: 103
Housing Index: 84
Healthcare Index: 89
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 88

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 exensive city in the Land of Enchantment.

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

  1. Tucumcari
  2. Raton
  3. Anthony

For more New Mexico reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In New Mexico

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Rio Rancho 1 90,627 109 101 101 103 98 96
Los Ranchos De Albuquerque 2 6,074 93 103 89 180 98 88
Farmington 3 45,383 109 101 101 95 98 96
Aztec 4 6,619 109 101 101 90 98 96
Albuquerque 5 553,576 93 103 89 99 98 88
Santa Fe 6 69,245 84 97 92 145 88 83
Ruidoso 7 7,954 93 103 89 92 98 88
Bloomfield 8 7,877 109 101 101 76 98 96
Los Lunas 9 15,203 93 103 89 85 98 88
Las Cruces 10 100,360 93 103 89 84 98 88
Taos 11 5,713 84 97 92 102 88 83
Bernalillo 12 8,400 109 101 101 64 98 96
Artesia 13 11,494 100 90 103 67 96 100
Gallup 14 22,189 92 93 95 72 100 95
Grants 15 9,245 109 101 101 58 98 96
Silver City 16 10,245 93 103 89 70 98 88
Belen 17 7,249 93 103 89 68 98 88
Hobbs 18 35,343 100 90 103 63 96 100
Carlsbad 19 26,996 100 90 103 61 96 100
Alamogordo 20 31,224 93 103 89 64 98 88
Socorro 21 8,898 93 103 89 61 98 88
Clovis 22 39,204 94 91 101 66 88 81
Lovington 23 11,364 100 90 103 52 96 100
Portales 24 12,481 94 91 101 60 88 81
Deming 25 14,760 93 103 89 53 98 88
Sunland Park 26 14,794 93 103 89 52 98 88
Truth Or Consequences 27 6,337 93 103 89 51 98 88
Las Vegas 28 13,833 84 97 92 60 88 83
Roswell 29 48,568 94 91 101 56 88 81
Anthony 30 9,462 93 103 89 48 98 88
Raton 31 6,627 84 97 92 54 88 83
Tucumcari 32 5,237 92 98 100 37 89 85

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