SafeWise is happy to release our fifth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 20 Safest Cities in New Mexico for 2019. See if your city made the list.
The Land of Enchantment isn’t living up to its name, unless you’re talking about criminals. New Mexico’s crime rates are much higher than national rates for both violent and property crime. The state weighs in with 9.57 violent crimes per 1,000 people, which is more than double the national rate of 4.49. And property crime is right behind, with 52.84 incidents per 1,000 people, compared to 27.11 nationally.
But these 20 cities shine a ray of hope across a dim landscape of high overall crime rates. Every city we’ve recognized beat statewide rates for violent crime, and 60% are also below the national violent crime rate. Plus, 95% are below the state’s property crime rate, with 40% also beating nationwide numbers.
75% of the safest cities claim the title for the second consecutive year.
Corrales held onto the number one spot again with just five total violent crimes, and none of them were rape, murder, or robbery.
60% of the cities reported zero counts of murder.
New Mexico is ranked first in the nation for burglary and robbery, but three of our cities reported zero robberies and 65% had seven or fewer.
Property crime is the top safety concern in New Mexico on our State of Safety report.
More people in New Mexico had personal experiences with both violent and property crime in the past year than the national average—12% reported a violent crime experience (national is 10%) and 25% reported experience with property crime (16% is the national average).
Assault is the top violent crime concern, which is in line with crime reporting—aggravated assault was the most-reported violent crime among the safest cities.
The number of assaults reported in the safest cities range from 5 in Corrales to 240 in Roswell.
Beyond Safest Cities: What Are the Biggest Safety Concerns in Your State?
Crime statistics are one thing, but do they line up with what people are really worried about when it comes to safety? To find out, SafeWise conducted a nationwide survey. See what the biggest safety concern is in your state—and learn more about what your neighbors are nervous about—in our State of Safety report.
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