These Are The 10 Richest Cities In New Mexico


We analyzed over 48 places in New Mexico to determine where the 1% live.

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Los Alamos, White Rock, Placitas CDP (Sandoval County): These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in New Mexico. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Land of Enchantment.

Los Alamos in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $107,031 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 4.8%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in New Mexico share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

After analyzing Census data from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey for the 48 places in New Mexico with more than 5,000 people, we were left with this set of the ten richest places in the Land of Enchantment:

  1. Los Alamos
  2. White Rock
  3. Placitas Cdp (Sandoval County)
  4. Eldorado At Santa Fe
  5. Los Ranchos De Albuquerque
  6. North Hobbs
  7. Corrales
  8. Artesia
  9. Rio Rancho
  10. Hobbs

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list. Oh, and the poorest place in New Mexico? That would be Meadow Lake.

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How We Determined The Richest Places In New Mexico

The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is simply how much people earn. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t think that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 48 places with more than 5,000 people in New Mexico, we ranked each place from 1 to 48 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Los Alamos, crowned the “Richest Place In New Mexico”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 48 places.

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1. Los Alamos

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,843
Median Income: 10703100.0%
Poverty Level: 4.8%
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%

2. White Rock


Population: 5,977
Median Income: 10504200.0%
Poverty Level: 5.0%
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%

3. Placitas Cdp (Sandoval County)

Placitas Cdp (Sandoval County) - Richest New Mexico

Source: Google Maps

Population: 5,145
Median Income: 7689200.0%
Poverty Level: 10.0%
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%

4. Eldorado At Santa Fe


Population: 5,990
Median Income: 6412900.0%
Poverty Level: 9.5%
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%

5. Los Ranchos De Albuquerque


Population: 6,074
Median Income: 5785000.0%
Poverty Level: 10.6%
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%

6. North Hobbs


Population: 5,869
Median Income: 8258600.0%
Poverty Level: 1.9%
Unemployment Rate: 7.8%

7. Corrales

Corrales, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,426
Median Income: 6956300.0%
Poverty Level: 10.1%
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%

8. Artesia

Artesia, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,494
Median Income: 4810300.0%
Poverty Level: 11.5%
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%

9. Rio Rancho

Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 90,627
Median Income: 5924300.0%
Poverty Level: 11.0%
Unemployment Rate: 7.6%

10. Hobbs

Hobbs, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,343
Median Income: 5375000.0%
Poverty Level: 15.7%
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%

There You Have It – The Richest Places In New Mexico

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in New Mexico, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in New Mexico. When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in NM, according to data:

Poorest: Meadow Lake
2nd Poorest: Anthony
3rd Poorest: Deming
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Detailed List Of Richest Places In New Mexico

City Rank Population Median Income Poverty Level Unemployment Rate
Los Alamos 1 11,843 $107,031 4.8% 3.7%
White Rock 2 5,977 $105,042 5.0% 3.3%
Placitas CDP (Sandoval County) 3 5,145 $76,892 10.0% 2.6%
Eldorado at Santa Fe 4 5,990 $64,129 9.5% 5.6%
Los Ranchos de Albuquerque 5 6,074 $57,850 10.6% 3.5%
North Hobbs 6 5,869 $82,586 1.9% 7.8%
Corrales 7 8,426 $69,563 10.1% 7.3%
Artesia 8 11,494 $48,103 11.5% 4.3%
Rio Rancho 9 90,627 $59,243 11.0% 7.6%
Hobbs 10 35,343 $53,750 15.7% 5.6%
Farmington 11 45,383 $55,810 16.0% 6.9%
Carlsbad 12 26,996 $48,058 14.1% 6.7%
Kirtland 13 6,189 $53,588 11.5% 8.9%
Los Lunas 14 15,203 $51,635 14.4% 9.6%
Santa Fe 15 69,245 $50,213 17.3% 9.1%
Gallup 16 22,189 $47,177 21.5% 7.0%
Lovington 17 11,364 $47,993 18.7% 7.8%
Ruidoso 18 7,954 $46,488 13.1% 9.4%
Albuquerque 19 553,576 $47,413 17.5% 8.5%
North Valley 20 11,189 $46,471 17.6% 8.4%
Aztec 21 6,619 $43,391 13.5% 9.3%
Bloomfield 22 7,877 $44,657 21.0% 7.8%
Raton 23 6,627 $33,697 19.9% 6.0%
Lee Acres 24 6,164 $46,053 23.8% 7.7%
Roswell 25 48,568 $38,919 19.1% 7.9%
Rio Communities 26 5,476 $42,530 10.1% 14.0%
Alamogordo 27 31,224 $43,460 17.7% 10.6%
Clovis 28 39,204 $40,136 17.8% 9.5%
Silver City 29 10,245 $38,258 23.1% 8.5%
Bernalillo 30 8,400 $43,199 21.7% 11.8%
Tucumcari 31 5,237 $24,956 30.0% 5.5%
Grants 32 9,245 $40,882 24.1% 10.2%
Truth or Consequences 33 6,337 $25,536 24.2% 7.0%
Las Cruces 34 100,360 $40,658 24.7% 11.4%
South Valley 35 41,760 $36,746 23.8% 12.0%
Portales 36 12,481 $33,642 30.1% 10.8%
Socorro 37 8,898 $32,981 26.6% 11.5%
Las Vegas 38 13,833 $21,539 39.1% 7.6%
Zuni Pueblo 39 9,504 $34,479 34.2% 11.8%
Taos 40 5,713 $32,076 22.1% 18.9%
Espa 41 10,216 $30,336 25.3% 13.7%
Shiprock 42 9,004 $33,917 31.8% 14.2%
Sunland Park 43 14,794 $28,710 32.8% 12.0%
Belen 44 7,249 $28,228 35.8% 11.9%
Chaparral 45 13,905 $31,726 37.1% 14.5%
Deming 46 14,760 $25,526 31.0% 18.8%
Anthony 47 9,462 $20,333 40.8% 13.8%
Meadow Lake 48 5,626 $27,608 46.4% 27.1%

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