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Thereâs 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 thereâs 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 Mexicoâs best places to live. Notables like Julia Roberts, Gene Hackman, and Game of Thronesâ author George R.R. Martin wouldnât just live anywhere. They love New Mexicoâs great people and good âol desert livinâ.
Whether youâre a fan of UFOs, the University of New Mexico Lobos, or catching a rodeo in Ruidoso, the people in New Mexicoâs 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 Mexicoâs best of the best places? We suggest a good job. And the jobs that are keeping median incomes high and New Mexicoâs 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, youâre going to have to keep reading.
Here are the 10 best places to live in New Mexico for 2019:
- Corrales (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Rio Rancho (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Ruidoso (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Los Ranchos de Albuquerque (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Santa Fe (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Carlsbad (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Artesia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Alamogordo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Farmington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Albuquerque (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 Mexicoâs number one best place to live for 2019.
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 donât 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 2019
Corrales has it made. In fact, according to science, it's one of the best places to live in the state of New Mexico.
The unemployment rate is the 6th lowest in the state at 6.1%, and residents make a pretty penny. Median incomes are $80,664, and the average cost of a home is $433,100. Which is an indication that lots of people want to live here.
We wouldn't be surprised if more and more publications call Corrales one of America's gems.
The Town of Rio Rancho might be a bit of a surprise to some in terms of how well it ranks according to science.
The crime rate in Rio Rancho isn't amazing, but it's far below the state average. The homes are valued at $173,100 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in New Mexico.
If Rio Rancho can get some more of their residents to work, things will look even rosier here. The unemployment rate (7.4% is the 10th highest in the state.
Let's take a look at why Ruidoso is a great place to call home for 2019.
There's low crime in Ruidoso, and the residents here are gainfully employed (6.2% unemployment rate).
You can make Ruidoso your home for only $167,600 which won't be too hard on a $40,032 household salary.
Los Ranchos De Albuquerque's unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 3rd highest, making Los Ranchos De Albuquerque a great place to work and settle down if you're look for a stable job with a stable income.
Additionally, Los Ranchos De Albuquerque has above average education and low crime, making this place a safe place to live.
Santa Fe is another great city in New Mexico with a low unemployment rate and where residents earn high salaries.
Said one reviewer on City-Data.com: " We feel incredibly safe in Santa Fe. The houses and neighborhoods are beautiful, the people are friendly, and it's wonderful to have such good neighbors. People watch out for each other here, they teach their children to be respectful of others and things."
Carlsbad comes in at a close 6th. They have the 4th lowest unemployment rate in the state and the 4th highest median income as well, which means the people in Carlsbad are working and getting paid well.
Additionally, the median home value is the 17th best in the state.
Well, I guess technically 5.1% of Artesia residents who want to have a job can't find one, so not everyone has a job, but it's the 2nd closest of any city in New Mexico.
You can tell they take business seriously as they have by far the coolest Chamber of Commerce website we came across in our research.
In addition to its incredibly low unemployment rate, Artesia also ranked well for crime (22nd) and median income ($49,516).
Say what you want about cheap living. The fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there's A LOT of demand to live in Alamogordo.
Alamogordo ranked impressively high for its crime rate (11th overall) and its short commute times (12th).
We think that's worth the price of admission.
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 is feeling the love as it ranks as the 10th best city to live in New Mexico for 2019.
It ranked highly because of its high incomes (12th overall) and low crime (28th overall and one of the best in the top ten).
We think the city should probably change its motto at this point to something like "The Place To Be In New Mexico".
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'.
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 2019.
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:
- Anthony (Pop. 9,459)
- Deming (Pop. 14,582)
- Belen (Pop. 7,184)
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