New Mexico’s
Safest Cities

2019

Located in the Southwestern portion of the United States, New Mexico is known for its hot weather, amazing Mexican food, and natural beauty. The state has a population of just over two million as well as cities such as Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Roswell, Las Cruces, and don’t forget its capital city, Sante Fe. Its major industries include tourism, cattle, mining, and gas and oil production, with a Gross Domestic Product of over $80 million, according to the U.S Department of Commerce. The state is known for its national parks, like Red Bluff Reservoir, the state’s lowest point at 2,842 feet, or Wheeler Peak, which is over 13,000 feet high! There’s also beautiful bodies of water like the Rio Grande River, the Pecos River, the Elephant Butte Lake, and the Navajo Lake, to name a few. If you love animals more than people, you’ll be happy to know that the cattle and sheep outnumber the people in New Mexico. Sounds good to me!

Whether you’re visiting or moving to New Mexico, here are some things that you just can’t miss:

  • White Sands National Monument: These white sand dunes will make for an excellent Instagram post, especially against a bright blue sky.
  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park: If you want to hike and learn about ancestral Puebloan life, this is a perfect place to set up camp.
  • Sandia Peak Tramway: Take an aerial tram ride 2.7 miles across Albuquerque, with stunning mountain views.

The safest city in New Mexico is Los Alamos, which ironically is where the atomic bomb was first developed. With a population of over 18,000 people divided into over 5,000 households, this place is certainly affluent, as their median income is over 100K. That might have something to do with the city’s low crime rates, only 1.65 violent crimes for every 1,000 people and only 5.11 property crimes for the same number!

7.835

This statistic shows the number of violent crimes per 1,000 people in the past year. Violent crimes include forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, as defined by the FBI. 

5.638
This statistic shows how many motor vehicles were stolen per 1,000 of the city’s inhabitants. Across the United States, the rate was 238.8 per every 100,000 inhabitants, according to the FBI.
39.417

Finally, this number shows how many property crimes were committed in the past year per every 1,000 of the city’s residents. Property crimes include burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson and larceny-theft.

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
Los Alamos
Safety Score: 87.65

Los Alamos, NM

Population 18,204
Median Income 101,399
Households 5,237
Violent Crime 1.65
Violent Crime +0.63
Property Crimes 5.11
Property Crime -2.76

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Corrales, New Mexico
Corrales
Safety Score: 85.88

Corrales, NM

Population 8,625
Median Income 84,583
Households 3,612
Violent Crime 0.58
Violent Crime -0.24
Property Crimes 8.93
Property Crime -2.09

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Grants, New Mexico
Grants
Safety Score: 76.89

Grants, NM

Population 9,313
Median Income 35,671
Households 3,357
Violent Crime 4.19
Violent Crime -0.03
Property Crimes 16.97
Property Crime -9.1

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Truth Or Consequences, New Mexico
Truth Or Co.
Safety Score: 70.48

Truth Or Consequences, NM

Population 5,949
Median Income 27,350
Households 2,934
Violent Crime 3.36
Violent Crime -0.31
Property Crimes 27.4
Property Crime -7.27

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Ruidoso, New Mexico
Ruidoso
Safety Score: 69.98

Ruidoso, NM

Population 7,729
Median Income 41,778
Households 3,102
Violent Crime 3.36
Violent Crime +0.63
Property Crimes 28.59
Property Crime 1.13

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Las Vegas, New Mexico
Las Vegas
Safety Score: 68.63

Las Vegas, NM

Population 13,160
Median Income 24,890
Households 4,988
Violent Crime 7.52
Violent Crime -1.31
Property Crimes 25.38
Property Crime -6.23

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
Alamogordo
Safety Score: 67.55

Alamogordo, NM

Population 31,386
Median Income 45,531
Households 12,656
Violent Crime 3.6
Violent Crime -0.14
Property Crimes 31.42
Property Crime -1.41

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Aztec, New Mexico
Aztec
Safety Score: 64.76

Aztec, NM

Population 5,836
Median Income 42,108
Households 2,566
Violent Crime 5.65
Violent Crime -0.15
Property Crimes 32.73
Property Crime 2.55

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Portales, New Mexico
Portales
Safety Score: 64.55

Portales, NM

Population 11,928
Median Income 32,065
Households 4,614
Violent Crime 2.01
Violent Crime -2.18
Property Crimes 37.06
Property Crime -2.53

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Raton, New Mexico
Raton
Safety Score: 64.14

Raton, NM

Population 5,983
Median Income 27,902
Households 3,023
Violent Crime 1.34
Violent Crime -0.81
Property Crimes 39.11
Property Crime 7.58

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe
Safety Score: 63.01

Santa Fe, NM

Population 84,358
Median Income 53,922
Households 35,524
Violent Crime 3.43
Violent Crime -0.4
Property Crimes 37.67
Property Crime -0.53

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Carlsbad, New Mexico
Carlsbad
Safety Score: 59.86

Carlsbad, NM

Population 29,397
Median Income 62,932
Households 10,708
Violent Crime 4.76
Violent Crime +0.26
Property Crimes 41.16
Property Crime 1.99

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Deming, New Mexico
Deming
Safety Score: 58.88

Deming, NM

Population 14,428
Median Income 25,428
Households 5,415
Violent Crime 5.75
Violent Crime -0.27
Property Crimes 41.31
Property Crime -1.78

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Roswell, New Mexico
Roswell
Safety Score: 57.95

Roswell, NM

Population 48,134
Median Income 42,417
Households 17,556
Violent Crime 6.36
Violent Crime -0.04
Property Crimes 41.38
Property Crime -2.53

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Artesia, New Mexico
Artesia
Safety Score: 57.29

Artesia, NM

Population 12,388
Median Income 49,132
Households 4,616
Violent Crime 12.84
Violent Crime +3.89
Property Crimes 33.98
Property Crime -10.35

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Bernalillo, New Mexico
Bernalillo
Safety Score: 53.33

Bernalillo, NM

Population 9,355
Median Income 41,219
Households 3,306
Violent Crime 8.44
Violent Crime -1.17
Property Crimes 45.54
Property Crime 1.61

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Clovis, New Mexico
Clovis
Safety Score: 49.35

Clovis, NM

Population 39,561
Median Income 40,576
Households 14,727
Violent Crime 7.99
Violent Crime +2.38
Property Crimes 51.36
Property Crime -8.68

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Socorro, New Mexico
Socorro
Safety Score: 48.96

Socorro, NM

Population 8,547
Median Income 33,608
Households 2,262
Violent Crime 9.95
Violent Crime +2.56
Property Crimes 49.73
Property Crime -5.2

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Farmington, New Mexico
Farmington
Safety Score: 48.18

Farmington, NM

Population 40,940
Median Income 55,179
Households 15,505
Violent Crime 12.68
Violent Crime +5.75
Property Crimes 48.14
Property Crime 4.21

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Los Lunas, New Mexico
Los Lunas
Safety Score: 47.25

Los Lunas, NM

Population 15,527
Median Income 52,738
Households 5,649
Violent Crime 11.91
Violent Crime +3.53
Property Crimes 50.75
Property Crime 1.65

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Gallup, New Mexico
Gallup
Safety Score: 33.94

Gallup, NM

Population 22,815
Median Income 43,598
Households 6,891
Violent Crime 15.43
Violent Crime -1.83
Property Crimes 65.44
Property Crime -4.6

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Taos, New Mexico
Taos
Safety Score: 25.22

Taos, NM

Population 5,771
Median Income 29,849
Households 2,412
Violent Crime 6.24
Violent Crime -3.68
Property Crimes 88.89
Property Crime 10.23

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How Did We Determine the Safest Cities?

Of course, this isn’t just the safest cities according to personal opinion. Rather, we used the FBI’s 2017 and 2016 Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data to choose our top picks, based on factors like:

  • Murder rate
  • Rape rate
  • Robbery Rate
  • Assault rate
  • Burglary rate
  • Theft rate
  • Vehicle theft rate
  • Arson rates
  • Median Income

For each city, we’ll provide the most important information that you need to know, such as the city’s population, violent and property crime rates and trends, median income, average household income, and an overall safety score and ranking. Plus, we’ll show you all the specific numbers for the above rates, in addition to larceny theft rates and the total number of civilians working in law offices.

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