These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In New Mexico For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best places to live in New Mexico.

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Where are the best places in the state of New Mexico?

To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places in Land of Enchantment where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.

However, here at HomeSnacks, we don’t trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in New Mexico.

There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against.

After analyzing 32 places in New Mexico, we came up with this list of the best places.

Well, it looks like you should check out Corrales if you’re thinking of moving to New Mexico — it’s the best the Land of Enchantment has to offer according to the data.

Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in New Mexico.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

For more New Mexico reading, check out:

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 82,927 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 places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be ‘the best’.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

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
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

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.

The 10 Best Places To Live In New Mexico For 2019

Corrales, NM

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 8,474
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $433,100 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.1% (6th best)
More on Corrales: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Corrales is just about as close to a perfect area as you can get. Residents here are gainfully employed, and the schools are some of the best in the state. It’s safe, and residents get to enjoy the benefits of quality at home living.

It’s quite a gem tucked away in New Mexico.

Rio Rancho, NM

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 92,966
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $173,100 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (10th best)
More on Rio Rancho: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rio Rancho comes in 2nd in our best places to live in New Mexico analysis.

Ranking highly for its exceptionally low unemployment rate (10th overall) and crime rate (4th overall), Rio Rancho is the exact kind of place you’d want to live with a family.

Several large companies call the surrounding area home which should keep Rio Rancho in our lists for years to come.

Ruidoso, NM

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,833
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $167,600 (8th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.2% (7th best)
More on Ruidoso: Real Estate | Data | Photos

At an unemployment rate of 6.2%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Ruidoso. And the residents command high salaries ($40,032 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($167,600 each).

We’re not saying money is why these cities are the ‘best’ in New Mexico. What we’re implying is that money means safety and peace of mind. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

Los Ranchos De Albuquerque, NM

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7.5
/10

Population: 6,069
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $346,300 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (3rd best)
More on Los Ranchos De Albuquerque: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Looks like little Los Ranchos De Albuquerque might be a hidden gem in New Mexico. The population is shrinking a bit, despite the fact that home values are still rising ($346,300) and crime is really low (29th lowest in the state).

Perhaps the cat’s now out of the bag — quick better move in before prices go up more.

Santa Fe, NM

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 82,927
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $259,700 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.9% (8th best)
More on Santa Fe: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Santa Fe is by far one of the best places to live in New Mexico: the math proves it! This city has the 8th lowest unemployment rate and the 8th highest median income in all of New Mexico.

Plus, the median home values are the 4th highest in the state. And if all of that isn’t enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 15th lowest in the state, making Santa Fe a safe and great place to live.

Carlsbad, NM

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 28,079
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $125,300 (17th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (4th best)
More on Carlsbad: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Carlsbad broke into the top ten best places to live in New Mexico on the back of a low unemployment and a quality schools system.

It placed 4th overall for its low unemployment rate and the 4th highest median income of any place in our analysis.

However, it only has the 14th shortest average commute time of any place in New Mexico.

Artesia, NM

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,817
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $145,400 (13th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.1% (2nd best)
More on Artesia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Artesia has a really low crime rate (22nd lowest) and only 5.1% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($49,516). And that goes a long way.

The population is growing at a steady clip, and the cost of living is lower than it should be. So people have an extra incentive to live in Artesia.

Alamogordo, NM

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 31,201
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $113,200 (22nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 8.6% (17th best)
More on Alamogordo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Alamogordo has a strong showing in our best places to live in New Mexico analysis, coming it at 8th best.

It ranks highly like many others in the top ten for a low unemployment rate and high adjusted median income. It scored extra points relative to the top ten for its size and things to do.

If you’re thinking of moving to New Mexico, Alamogordo is a great option.

Farmington, NM

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 44,067
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $174,900 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.7% (12th best)
More on Farmington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Things can’t get much better than in the town of Farmington. The crime is the 18th lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Farmington make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.

The median home costs a cool $174,900 and households make $52,598 which is good for 7th in New Mexico.

Albuquerque, NM

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 556,859
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $185,400 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.3% (9th best)
More on Albuquerque: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Albuquerque has a long and illustrious history and its ranking in the top ten of our best places to live is just another notch in its belt.\n\Albuquerque had the 12th highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $48,127.

Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.

Review Of Albuquerque by heresaguy2016

I lived in Albuquerque for ten years and absolutely loved it there.

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 2019.

Best Towns To Live In New Mexico

  1. Sandia Heights (Pop. 3,319)
  2. La Huerta (Pop. 1,332)
  3. San Antonito CDP (Bernalillo (Pop. 1,186)
  4. Sandia Knolls (Pop. 1,475)
  5. Bosque Farms (Pop. 3,863)
  6. El Rancho (Pop. 1,185)
  7. Placitas CDP (Sandoval (Pop. 4,853)
  8. Arenas Valley (Pop. 1,480)
  9. Ponderosa Pine (Pop. 1,382)
  10. La Mesilla (Pop. 2,165)

Best Small Towns To Live In New Mexico

  1. Veguita (Pop. 290)
  2. Pleasanton (Pop. 152)
  3. Twin Forks (Pop. 254)
  4. Luis Lopez (Pop. 239)
  5. San Pedro (Pop. 136)
  6. Galisteo (Pop. 290)
  7. Las Palomas (Pop. 412)
  8. Tijeras (Pop. 547)
  9. Jaconita (Pop. 421)
  10. 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:

  1. Anthony (Pop. 9,459)
  2. Deming (Pop. 14,582)
  3. Belen (Pop. 7,184)

For more New Mexico reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In New Mexico

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Corrales 8,474 6.1% $433,100
2 Rio Rancho 92,966 7.4% $173,100
3 Ruidoso 7,833 6.2% $167,600
4 Los Ranchos De Albuquerque 6,069 5.3% $346,300
5 Santa Fe 82,927 6.9% $259,700
6 Carlsbad 28,079 5.4% $125,300
7 Artesia 11,817 5.1% $145,400
8 Alamogordo 31,201 8.6% $113,200
9 Farmington 44,067 7.7% $174,900
10 Albuquerque 556,859 7.3% $185,400
11 Lovington 11,559 9.3% $96,800
12 Tucumcari 5,091 4.3% $53,300
13 Las Cruces 101,459 9.9% $149,200
14 Bloomfield 7,565 9.3% $132,800
15 Aztec 6,354 7.8% $155,400
16 Raton 6,348 10.2% $80,700
17 Los Lunas 15,271 10.3% $152,800
18 Clovis 39,461 10.0% $127,000
19 Hobbs 36,863 6.0% $116,300
20 Taos 5,735 10.2% $274,000
21 Las Vegas 13,570 7.6% $114,900
22 Portales 12,275 13.1% $116,300
23 Roswell 48,407 7.7% $100,700
24 Truth Or Consequences 6,157 9.3% $77,600
25 Bernalillo 8,676 11.2% $147,400
26 Socorro 8,760 8.2% $114,700
27 Gallup 22,523 7.9% $132,000
28 Grants 9,263 11.9% $103,200
29 Sunland Park 15,588 12.9% $102,900
30 Anthony 9,459 10.2% $86,100
31 Deming 14,582 16.6% $84,300
32 Belen 7,184 11.9% $98,700

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