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New Mexico’s 20 Safest Cities of 2020

Written by | Updated May 4, 2020
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The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the sixth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 20 Safest Cities in New Mexico for 2020. See if your city made the list.

14 percent have experienced violent crime, 33 percent have experienced property crime, 12 percent have been affected by a mass shooting

If you live in New Mexico you might be less concerned about safety on a daily basis than many others in the US—despite higher crime rates. New Mexico’s 20 safest cities of 2020 are the best places in the Land of Enchantment to put your worries aside and enjoy safe communities. 

See the full list of  New Mexico’s 20 safest cities of 2020. 

Our 2020 State of Safety report showed that 42% of New Mexico respondents feel high or very high concern about their safety every day. That’s 4 points below the national average of 46%, and 4 points lower than the level of statewide concern last year.

New Mexico crime stats infographic
New Mexico has the second-highest violent crime rate in the country—8.6 vs. 3.7 nationwide.

The violent crime rate in New Mexico is one of the highest in the country—8.6 incidents per 1,000 people, compared to 3.7 across the country. Property crime is also higher than national averages, coming in at 34.2 incidents per 1,000, versus 22.0 nationwide. 

Year-over-year, violent crime increased across the state (last year’s rate was 7.8), but property crime went down (last year’s rate was 39.1). We saw increases in both areas in regard to personal experience with crime in the last 12 months. 

Reports of experience with violent crime rose from 12% to 14% this year, and reports of experience with property crime jumped from 25% to 33%. National averages for experience with crime are 12% for violent crime and 26% for property crime. 

Violent Crime in New Mexico: Fear vs. Reality

Being robbed on the street is the violent crime for which New Mexicans expressed the highest concern. It’s also the violent crime they think is most likely to actually happen. 

  • 50% are worried about being robbed on the street, compared to just 38% nationwide. 
  • 35% believe they are most likely to fall victim to a robbery on the street, versus 27% nationwide.
  • Robbery was the second most common violent crime in New Mexico, claiming 12% of all violent crime reported among the safest cities and 16% across the state.
  • The most common violent crime was aggravated assault, comprising 75% of the incidents reported among the safest cities and 76% across the state.
New Mexico crime stats infographic
New Mexico crime stats infographic

Property Crime in New Mexico: Fear vs. Reality

Vehicle break-ins are the top property crime concern in New Mexico, and it’s the crime people think is most likely to occur. 

  • 65% (versus 51% nationally) said they had high concern about someone breaking into their vehicle. 
  • 40% felt that a vehicle break-in is the property crime that’s most likely to actually happen to them, compared to 36% nationally.  
  • Vehicle theft made up 8% of the total property crime incidents in the safest cities and 14% statewide. 
  • Larceny-theft, which is closer to a car break-in was the most common property crime in New Mexico, accounting for 68% of all incidents reported in the safest cities and 63% across the state. 
  • 31% of New Mexico respondents use a security system at home, versus 24% nationwide. 
  • A dog or other guard animal is the most widely-used security measure across the state, with 43% using them, compared to 33% across the US. 
  • 23% use no form of security to protect their home, which is 6 points below the national average of 29%.
New Mexico crime stats infographic
New Mexico crime stats infographic

A Closer Look at New Mexico’s Safest Cities of 2020

  • Corrales is the safest city in New Mexico for the third consecutive year, with just three violent crimes and 43 property crimes reported.
  • Only seven cities (35%) improved in rank year over year, with Bosque Farms making the biggest jump—nine spots from 16 to 7.
  • Nearly half of the cities (45%) dropped in rank this year.
  • Two new cities joined the list this year: Lovington and Las Cruces. Las Cruces didn’t submit a report to the FBI last year.
  • Seven cities (35%) beat the national violent crime rate (3.7), and 95% did better than the state violent crime rate (8.6).
  • Thirteen cities (65%) reported fewer than 100 total violent crimes. 
  • Three cities had fewer than two violent crime incidents per 1,000: Corrales, Los Alamos, and Lovington.
  • Sixteen cities are below the state property crime rate (34.2) and six cities performed better than the national property crime rate (22.0): Corrales, Los Alamos, Anthony, Grants, Rio Rancho, and Bosque Farms.
  • Anthony had the fewest total property crimes reported, with just 41 total incidents.
New Mexico safest cities heat map showing population and crime score

The 20 Safest Cities in New Mexico

VC = Violent Crime
PC = Property Crime

#1

Corrales

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Corrales, New Mexico
Population 8,577
Median Income $84,583
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.3, 0.6, 0.8
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 5.0, 8.9, 11.0

#2

Los Alamos

+1

Los Alamos, New Mexico
Population 18,883
Median Income $101,399
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.3, 1.6, 1.0
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 5.8, 5.1, 7.9

#3

Anthony

+4

Anthony, New Mexico
Population 9,313
Median Income $24,398
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 4.4, 2.3, Not available
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 4.4, 8.6, Not available

#4

Grants

+8

Grants, New Mexico
Population 8,982
Median Income $35,671
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 2.1, 4.2, 4.2
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 15.0, 17.0, 26.1

#5

Rio Rancho

-1

Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Population 97,394
Median Income $63,180
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 2.0, 1.7, 2.3
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 16.4, 20.4, 23.6

#6

Lovington

New

Population 11,175
Median Income $52,056
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.3, Not available, 1.5
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 24.3, Not available, 26.6

#7

Bosque Farms

+9

Bosque Farms, New Mexico
Population 3,789
Median Income $60,038
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 5.8, 5.8, 5.2
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 12.1, 20.5, 15.2

#8

Raton

-6

Raton, New Mexico
Population 5,960
Median Income $27,902
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 2.2, 1.3, 2.1
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 27.0, 39.1, 31.5

#9

Edgewood

-4

Edgewood, New Mexico
Population 3,911
Median Income $67,534
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 3.8, 1.8, 1.3
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 26.8, 24.6, 25.1

#10

Aztec

+4

Aztec, New Mexico
Population 6,538
Median Income $42,108
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 5.5, 5.7, 5.8
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 22.3, 32.7, 30.2

#11

Truth or Consequences

-3

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
Population 5,875
Median Income $27,350
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 5.1, 3.4, 3.7
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 24.5, 27.4, 34.7

#12

Ruidoso

-3

Ruidoso, New Mexico
Population 7,718
Median Income $41,778
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 3.8, 3.4, 2.7
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 29.3, 28.6, 27.5

#13

Alamogordo

-3

Alamogordo, New Mexico
Population 31,332
Median Income $45,531
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 3.1, 3.6, 3.7
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 32.6, 31.4, 32.8

#14

Portales

-8

Portales, New Mexico
Population 11,768
Median Income $32,065
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 5.6, 2.0, 4.2
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 26.0, 37.1, 39.6

#15

Carlsbad

-2

Carlsbad, New Mexico
Population 29,158
Median Income $62,932
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 5.1, 4.8, 4.5
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 28.9, 41.2, 39.2

#16

Las Cruces

New

Population 102,203
Median Income $40,924
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 4.0, Not available, 2.5
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 35.5, Not available, 46.8

#17

Santa Fe

-7

Santa Fe, New Mexico
Population 84,176
Median Income $53,922
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 4.0, 3.4, 3.8
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 40.2, 37.7, 38.2

#18

Las Vegas

+2

Las Vegas, New Mexico
Population 13,084
Median Income $24,890
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 8.5, 7.5, 8.8
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 34.9, 25.4, 31.6

#19

Hobbs

+0

Hobbs, New Mexico
Population 38,320
Median Income $57,906
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 6.6, 6.5, 5.6
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 41.2, 42.8, 48.2

#20

Bernalillo

+2

Bernalillo, New Mexico
Population 9,841
Median Income $41,219
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 11.2, 8.4, 9.6
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 28.2, 45.5, 43.9

How We Determined the Safest Cities

Learn how we identified the safest cities on our methodology page.

How to Make a Safe Home Anywhere

Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

To learn more about your home security options, check out SafeWise’s picks for Best Home Security Systems.

Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 20?

We calculated crime rates for every city in the state that met our population threshold, which is based on the median population of the state. See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

NOTE: If you don’t see your city on the list, it means that it was below the population threshold or didn’t submit a complete crime report to the FBI in 2018.

2020 RankingCityPopulationViolent Crime (per 1,000)Property Crime (per 1,000)
21Bloomfield7,9221613.8
22Roswell47,6788.342.1
23Socorro8,3637.149.6
24Farmington45,36413.139
25Los Lunas15,56812.143.7
26Deming14,0941052.1
27Taos5,6625.177.2
28Albuquerque560,23513.661.8
29Gallup21,98015.468.9
30Belen7,06122.851.3

Find the Safest Cities in Each State

Click on the state image below to check out the safest cities for each state.

Sources

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2018 Crime in the United States
SafeWise, “2020 State of Safety
US Census Bureau, “American Fact Finder

Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for SafeWise.com. She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past six. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month testing and evaluating security products and strategies. Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her work and contributions in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, HGTV, MSN, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips. Learn more

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  • Karen Conley

    How could you write an article like this on NM and leave out Las Cruces, the second largest city in NM? It is not even on your map.

  • https://myindigolives.wordpress.com Ellie Kesselman

    Where is Las Cruces! Why isn’t it included in this article about crime rates in New Mexico? Las Cruces is the second largest city in New Mexico and about the 100th largest city in the USA.

  • PuppyRex

    Las Cruces where are you?