These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In New Mexico


These are the most enchanting places to live in the Land Of Enchantment.

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Where are the best places in the state of New Mexico? They are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places where people have the best jobs, where residents are happily married, and where the sun shines the most.

And certainly, since crime is really low, every one wants to be there. It’s, literally, all sunshine and rainbows.

We looked at the 74 most populated cities in the Land of Enchantment for this study. The cities at the top are places where things are going swimmingly right now, at least according to data, which measures the good things that people say they want in a New Mexico city.

There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against. We had more than 10 million people read our worst cities in a state series, which was featured in hundreds of media outlets, including an NPR feature.

So we know what we’re talking about.

Here are the 10 best places to live in New Mexico:

  1. Los Alamos
  2. White Rock
  3. Paradise Hills
  4. Eunice
  5. Eldorado At Santa Fe
  6. Flora Vista
  7. North Hobbs
  8. Artesia
  9. Santa Fe
  10. Farmington

We understand there’s a lot of good in every place. However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty, ‘friendly people’ and community involvement), these are the best options in New Mexico for making a place home.

The worst city to live in New Mexico? Deming. More on that later.

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How do you decide if a place is amazeballs or not?

In order to rank New Mexico’s best cities, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, good weather, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we crunched the numbers for New Mexico

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the government census, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Sperling’s Best Places, this is the criteria we used:

  • Strong schools
  • Low unemployment rates
  • High incomes
  • High home prices
  • Lots of sunny days a year
  • Low crime
  • Low cost of living

If you’d like to see the complete list of cities in New Mexico, scroll to the bottom of this post to see a link to the entire data set.

Note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. This list is based on data, and is entirely unbiased. The cost of living numbers below are based on the national average of 100, so anything lower than 100 is more affordable.

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1. Los Alamos

Best New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,014
Crime Index: 55
Cost Of Living Index: 115

According to the data, Los Alamos is the best place you can live in the state. It’s moderately expensive, filled with lots of smart people, and at the base of White Rock Canyon.

2. White Rock

Best New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,690
Crime Index: 34
Cost Of Living Index: 119

White Rock is across the canyon from Los Alamos. It’s actually more expensive here, but moderately safer.

3. Paradise Hills

Best New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,628
Crime Index: 46
Cost Of Living Index: 101

This is a northern suburb of Albuquerque where crime is low.

4. Eunice

Best New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,916
Crime Index: 65
Cost Of Living Index: 84

Eunice is a teeny place near the Texas state line. While the numbers make it one of the best places to live, you’d most likely get bored very quickly here.

5. Eldorado At Santa Fe

Best New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,140
Crime Index: 32
Cost Of Living Index: 122

This is essentially a suburban track of homes on the southern end of Santa Fe. It’s very wide open (most roads aren’t paved), but very safe, as well.

6. Flora Vista

Best New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,594
Crime Index: 41
Cost Of Living Index: 107

Flora Vista is a teeny speck on the northern fringes of Farmington, where crime is lower than in Farmington, and it’s slightly more affordable.

7. North Hobbs

Best New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,293
Crime Index: 52
Cost Of Living Index: 100

This is essentially a quiet, middle-class neighborhood near Hobbs, on the Texas state line.

8. Artesia

Best New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,268
Crime Index: 86
Cost Of Living Index: 97

Artesia is an affordable city halfway between Carlsbad and Roswell.

9. Santa Fe

Best New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 68,298
Crime Index: 128
Cost Of Living Index: 120

Santa Fe has a lot of great options, however, crime is higher than most other cities, and it’s going to be a lot more expensive to live here, especially as you get closer to downtown.

10. Farmington

Best New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 45,458
Crime Index: 137
Cost Of Living Index: 103

Farmington is a fairly large city near the four corners region of New Mexico. You’re pretty isolated in this part of the state.

There You Have It

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Los Alamos is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most New Mexico residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.

Other notable cities:
3rd Worst: Belen
2nd Worst: Chaparral
Worst: Deming

We also wrote about the 10 worst places to live in New Mexico is you’re interested in that study.

Detailed List Of Best Places To Live In New Mexico

City Rank Population Crime Index Cost Of Living Index
Los Alamos 1 12,014 55 115
White Rock 2 5,690 34 119
Paradise Hills 3 4,628 46 101
Eunice 4 2,916 65 84
Eldorado At Santa Fe 5 6,140 32 122
Flora Vista 6 2,594 41 107
North Hobbs 7 5,293 52 100
Artesia 8 11,268 86 97
Santa Fe 9 68,298 128 120
Farmington 10 45,458 137 103
West Hammond 11 2,802 43 99
Bosque Farms 12 3,904 29 101
North Valley 13 11,575 60 106
Edgewood 14 3,730 40 98
Lovington 15 10,993 110 82
Placitas (Sandoval County) 16 5,491 25 131
Albuquerque 17 545,083 133 101
Hobbs 18 34,111 134 86
Alamogordo 19 30,544 95 96
Los Ranchos De Albuquerque 20 6,021 74 136
Rio Rancho 21 87,068 73 99
Las Cruces 22 97,393 116 93
Carlsbad 23 26,158 132 95
Portales 24 12,327 110 87
El Cerro 25 3,422 42 108
Ruidoso 26 8,055 94 109
Agua Fria 27 3,081 98 101
Kirtland 28 6,256 70 92
Peralta 29 3,647 49 95
Aztec 30 6,736 106 99
Ruidoso Downs 31 2,793 123 95
South Valley 32 42,330 75 94
Clovis 33 37,538 134 98
Bayard 34 2,734 96 83
Lee Acres 35 6,612 77 87
Socorro 36 9,020 128 87
Gallup 37 21,701 179 93
Zuni Pueblo 38 10,160 43 82
Bernalillo 39 8,302 139 109
Rio Communities 40 5,625 55 92
San Felipe Pueblo 41 2,678 45 87
Chimayo 42 2,795 71 84
Clayton 43 2,619 93 82
Los Lunas 44 14,731 97 97
Roswell 45 48,167 131 84
Las Vegas 46 13,701 144 87
Bloomfield 47 7,996 125 92
Grants 48 9,217 110 85
Los Chaves 49 4,688 53 99
Lordsburg 50 3,038 103 83
Sunland Park 51 14,267 63 87
Santa Teresa 52 4,584 94 98
Cannon Afb 53 2,586 150 67
Ranchos De Taos 54 2,622 82 97
Milan 55 3,202 111 76
Silver City 56 10,331 148 92
Sandia Heights 57 3,444 29 155
El Cerro Mission 58 4,251 61 82
Raton 59 6,825 109 84
Shiprock 60 8,711 119 85
La Cienega 61 3,234 64 110
Taos 62 5,661 164 104
Santa Rosa 63 2,993 122 83
Holloman Afb 64 3,585 190 67
Dulce 65 2,848 119 78
Tucumcari 66 5,313 140 77
Anthony 67 8,591 99 81
Vado 68 3,475 65 73
Crownpoint 69 2,741 121 77
Truth Or Consequences 70 6,477 108 84
Meadow Lake 71 5,836 77 79
Belen 72 7,267 175 89
Chaparral 73 13,456 68 78
Deming 74 14,864 113 85

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