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:
- Los Alamos
- White Rock
- Paradise Hills
- Eldorado At Santa Fe
- Flora Vista
- North Hobbs
- Santa Fe
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.
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.
1. Los Alamos
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
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
Crime Index: 46
Cost Of Living Index: 101
This is a northern suburb of Albuquerque where crime is low.
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
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
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
Crime Index: 52
Cost Of Living Index: 100
This is essentially a quiet, middle-class neighborhood near Hobbs, on the Texas state line.
Crime Index: 86
Cost Of Living Index: 97
Artesia is an affordable city halfway between Carlsbad and Roswell.
9. Santa Fe
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.
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
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
|Eldorado At Santa Fe||5|
|Placitas (Sandoval County)||16|
|Los Ranchos De Albuquerque||20|
|San Felipe Pueblo||41|
|Ranchos De Taos||54|
|El Cerro Mission||58|
|Truth Or Consequences||70|