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There's more to New Mexico than aliens, amazing sunsets, and the Animas River. This Southwestern state actually has plenty of great places to call home.
Heck there's a reason two million people call it home; and lucky for you, HomeSnacks is here to uncover where the best places to live in New Mexico for Corrales are located. We think there must be something magical about New Mexico's best places to live. Notables like Julia Roberts, Gene Hackman, and Game of Thrones' author George R.R. Martin wouldn't just live anywhere. They love New Mexico's great people and good 'ol desert livin'.
Whether you're a fan of UFOs, the University of New Mexico Lobos, or catching a rodeo in Ruidoso, the good people in New Mexico's best places are waiting to show you why living in their corner of the Land of Enchantment deserves a second look.
What does it take to live in New Mexico's best of the best places? We suggest a good job. And the jobs that are keeping median incomes high and New Mexico's best places to live safe and enjoyable are in the medical field, architecture, and engineering.
However, to find out the top ten best places to live in New Mexico, you're going to have to keep reading.
The 10 Best Places To Live In New Mexico For 2020:
- Corrales (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Edgewood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Rio Rancho (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Los Ranchos de Albuquerque (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Ruidoso (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Artesia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Santa Fe (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Alamogordo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Carlsbad (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Farmington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
New Mexico has so many great cities, that you could literally throw a dart at the state and live happily wherever it landed. So, you can understand how difficult it was to narrow down a list of the top ten best places.
What's the best place to live in New Mexico? After analyzing 32 places in New Mexico, Corrales is New Mexico's number one best place to live for 2020.
We invite you to grab yourself a green chili cheeseburger, find a remote spot to watch the sunset, and read on to see what other places made the top ten. And if you don't see your favorite New Mexico place there, head to the bottom.
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The 10 Best Places To Live In New Mexico For 2020
There's two types of people who live in Corrales. Either the old hold outs who have lived there forever and are watching their home values skyrocket, or those d who can afford to buy a $430,500 home there.
Either way, you're set. Your kids go to great schools, there's a ton of things to do, and you earn a great salary. Corrales is exactly what you hoped for when you played that board game, LIFE as a kid.
We wouldn't be surprised to see CNN call Edgewood one of the best places to live in the United States. Not only do the residents all make great livings, there's essentially no crime in the entire city. And the residents are very involved in the community.
They can't build homes fast enough here as it seems everyone wants a piece of Edgewood.
By far the largest city at the top of our rankings, Rio Rancho has a well deserved spot on this list. Let's look at why.
It is a solid place to live due to the relatively low crime for a city its size and the fact that residents are employed at a high rate.
Plus, obviously, there's a boat load of things to do every day of the week.
Let's take a look at why Los Ranchos De Albuquerque is a great place to call home for 2020.
There's low crime in Los Ranchos De Albuquerque, and the residents here are gainfully employed (3.0% unemployment rate).
You can make Los Ranchos De Albuquerque your home for only $420,600 which won't be too hard on a $62,214 household salary.
Looks like little Ruidoso might be a hidden gem in New Mexico. The population is shrinking a bit, despite the fact that home values are still rising ($214,400) and crime is really low (13th lowest in the state).
Perhaps the cat's now out of the bag -- quick better move in before prices go up more.
The crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of New Mexico, as there were only 0 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 12th lowest in New Mexico (6.0%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.
Additionally, homes are the 10th most expensive in Artesia ($168,100), meaning a lot of people want to live there.
Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $51,219 a year.
Things can't get much better than in the town of Santa Fe. The crime is the 2lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Santa Fe make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.
The median home costs a cool $270,700 and households make $56,262 which is good for 9th in New Mexico.
Alamogordo is a short drive from everything, but who would want to leave the 8th best place in New Mexico?
Homes are priced around $110,800 and residents have the 7th shortest commute in New Mexico.
Carlsbad makes a case for being one of the best places to live in New Mexico mainly because of a low crime rate and a higher than average household income level.
And when school spending is higher than the national average and only 4.0% of folks are jobless, you can bet Carlsbad residents are glad to live where they do.
In Farmington, everyone loves to call Farmington home! The median home value is the 8th highest in New Mexico.
Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 9th lowest in the state and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Land of Enchantment.
Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in New Mexico
The Pressing Question: Size
Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Santa Fe with a population of 83,847 against places with a population of 18?
We firmly decided no, that just isn't fair.
So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:
- Cities -- Populations over 5,000
- Towns -- Populations between 1,000 and 5,000
- Small Towns -- Populations below 1,000
This left us with 32 cities, 91 towns, and 145 small towns.
We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best cities to live in New Mexico have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be 'the best'.
You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.
How We Calculated The Best Cities To Live In New Mexico
Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.
We ranked each place in New Mexico across a number of criteria from one to 32, with one being the best.
We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title "Best Place To Live In New Mexico".
The criteria we looked at were:
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Population Density (Higher better)
- Unemployment Rate
- Commute Time
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in New Mexico? That would be Corrales.
If your city or town isn't among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in New Mexico.
Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Corrales at the end of the cul-de-sac.
Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In New Mexico
If you're looking at areas in New Mexico with the best economic situations, where there's lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
Corrales made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in New Mexico for 2020.
Best Towns To Live In New Mexico
- Sandia Heights (Pop. 3,319)
- La Huerta (Pop. 1,332)
- San Antonito CDP (Bernalillo (Pop. 1,186)
- Sandia Knolls (Pop. 1,475)
- Bosque Farms (Pop. 3,863)
- El Rancho (Pop. 1,185)
- Placitas CDP (Sandoval (Pop. 4,853)
- Arenas Valley (Pop. 1,480)
- Ponderosa Pine (Pop. 1,382)
- La Mesilla (Pop. 2,165)
Best Small Towns To Live In New Mexico
- Veguita (Pop. 290)
- Pleasanton (Pop. 152)
- Twin Forks (Pop. 254)
- Luis Lopez (Pop. 239)
- San Pedro (Pop. 136)
- Galisteo (Pop. 290)
- Las Palomas (Pop. 412)
- Tijeras (Pop. 547)
- Jaconita (Pop. 421)
- San Jose CDP (San Miguel (Pop. 165)
If you're curious enough, here are the worst places to live in New Mexico according to the data:
- Sunland Park (Pop. 16,602)
- Anthony (Pop. 9,368)
- Deming (Pop. 14,292)
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