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The 20 Safest Cities in New Mexico – 2017

This beautiful southwestern state has faced an uphill battle in recent years when it comes to its statewide crime rate. Both legislators and citizens have been mobilized to turn the tide of New Mexico’s crime trends. The Albuquerque Journal reported that almost twenty pieces of tough-on-crime legislation were introduced in 2016, with a strong focus on curbing violent crime.1 The state also has an active volunteer organization, New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence, that works with communities and schools to keep children and families safe from gun violence.

When it comes to bringing safety back to New Mexico, the twenty cities recognized on our list this year lead the way. Even though the state ranks higher than most for both violent and property crimes, half of its safest cities demonstrate lower property and violent crime rates than the national average.

Only one city on our list reported any murders, and 95% reported forty or fewer total violent crimes, according to 2015 FBI crime data. In addition, half of these cities were free of robberies, and 95% saw less than thirty incidents of aggravated assault. A low property crime rates is also a priority in these safe New Mexico cities: 75% reported fewer than 100 total property crimes, and only one city reported any counts of arson. In addition, fifteen of our safe cities had fewer than ten motor vehicle thefts.

As New Mexico works to lower statewide crime rates, individual communities are the key to a safer future for all residents. The lucky citizens of Questa live in the safest city in the state, with zero violent crimes reported for the whole of 2015. Check out the entire list to see if your city made the cut this year, and look for ways to help your community improve its safety ranking. You can become part of the solution by bookmarking our New Mexico Safety Directory to keep resources for crime prevention, disaster safety, and home security close at hand.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in New Mexico

To identify the safest cities in New Mexico, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2015, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 1,500 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

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From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

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1. Questa 

Previous Rank: 2

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 1.70

2. Clayton 

Previous Rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.43
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.58

3. Sunland Park 

Previous Rank: 6

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.89
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.27

4. Corrales 

Previous Rank: 8

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.79
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.63

5. Hatch 

Previous Rank: 9

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.25
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.41

6. Santa Clara 

Previous Rank: 16

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.41
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.65

7. Eunice 

Previous Rank: 12

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.56
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.84

8. Lordsburg 

Previous Rank: 15

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.89
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.18

9. Bosque Farms 

Previous Rank: 17

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 5.74
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.82

10. Jal 

Previous Rank: 14

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.22
Property Crimes per 1,000: 18.21

11. Bayard 

Previous Rank: 10

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 7.39
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.48

12. Peralta 

Previous Rank: 24

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 6.43
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.53

13. Rio Rancho 

Previous Rank: 18

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.17
Property Crimes per 1,000: 19.69

14. Milan 

Previous Rank: 31

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 4.61
Property Crimes per 1,000: 18.44

15. Lovington 

Previous Rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.57
Property Crimes per 1,000: 21.47

16. Grants 

Previous Rank: 29

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 4.32
Property Crimes per 1,000: 21.41

17. Bloomfield 

Previous Rank: 19

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 4.79
Property Crimes per 1,000: 21.27

18. Santa Rosa 

Previous Rank: 21

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 4.08
Property Crimes per 1,000: 22.97

19. Edgewood 

Previous Rank: 20

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.83
Property Crimes per 1,000: 25.39

20. Moriarty 

Previous Rank: 23

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.56
Property Crimes per 1,000: 28.89

Didn’t see your city rank in the top 20?

Check the remaining cities below, and take a look at the most recent FBI crime data here.

21. Raton 22. Estancia 23. Aztec
24. Alamogordo 25. Ruidoso 26. Portales
27. Las Vegas 28. Farmington 29. Truth or Consequences
30. Santa Fe 31. Bernalillo 32. Los Lunas
33. Ruidoso Downs 34. Las Cruces 35. Carlsbad
36. Hobbs 37. Roswell 38. Artesia
39. Deming 40. Clovis 41. Albuquerque
42. Socorro 43. Espanola 44. Belen
45. Taos 46. Gallup

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1. Albuquerque Journal, “New Mexico Weighs Anti-Crime Laws as Other States Ditch Them

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