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.
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”