New Mexico’s 20 Safest Cities of 2019

Written by | Updated April 8, 2019

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.

New Mexico's Safest Cities

Interesting Findings

  • 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.

The 20 Safest Cities in New Mexico

#1

Corrales

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Corrales, New Mexico
Population 8,625
Median Income $84,583
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.58
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 8.93

#2

Raton

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Raton, New Mexico
Population 5,983
Median Income $27,902
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.34
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 39.11

#3

Los Alamos

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
Population 18,204
Median Income $101,399
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.65
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 5.11

#4

Rio Rancho

+2

Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Population 97,444
Median Income $63,180
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.71
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 20.42

#5

Edgewood

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Edgewood, New Mexico
Population 3,816
Median Income $67,534
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.83
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 24.63

#6

Portales

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Portales, New Mexico
Population 11,928
Median Income $32,065
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.01
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 37.06

#7

Anthony

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Anthony, New Mexico
Population 9,296
Median Income $24,398
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.26
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 8.61

#8

Truth or Consequences

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Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
Population 5,949
Median Income $27,350
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.36
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 27.40

#9

Ruidoso

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Ruidoso, New Mexico
Population 7,729
Median Income $41,778
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.36
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 28.59

#10

Santa Fe

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Population 84,358
Median Income $53,922
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.43
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 37.67

#11

Alamogordo

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
Population 31,386
Median Income $45,531
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.60
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 31.42

#12

Grants

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Grants, New Mexico
Population 9,313
Median Income $35,671
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.19
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 16.97

#13

Carlsbad

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Carlsbad, New Mexico
Population 29,397
Median Income $62,932
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.76
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 41.16

#14

Aztec

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Aztec, New Mexico
Population 5,836
Median Income $42,108
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 5.65
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 32.73

#15

Deming

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Edgewood, New Mexico
Population 14,428
Median Income $25,428
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 5.75
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 41.31

#16

Bosque Farms

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Bosque Farms, New Mexico
Population 3,805
Median Income $60,038
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 5.78
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 20.50

#17

Taos

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Taos, New Mexico
Population 5,771
Median Income $29,849
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.24
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 88.89

#18

Roswell

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Roswell, New Mexico
Population 48,134
Median Income $42,417
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.36
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 41.38

#19

Hobbs

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Hobbs, New Mexico
Population 38,871
Median Income $57,906
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.46
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 42.81

#20

Las Vegas

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Las Vegas, New Mexico
Population 13,160
Median Income $24,890
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 7.52
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 25.38

How We Determined the Safest Cities

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

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.

If you would like to contact a SafeWise Safest Cities Analyst, please email info@safewise.com.

How to Make a Safe Home Anywhere

Wherever you are, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. 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 the home security options, check out SafeWise’s picks for Best Home Security Systems of 2019.

Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 20?

See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

RankCityPopulationCity Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)City Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
21Clovis39,5617.9951.36
22Bernalillo9,3558.4445.54
23Peralta3,5489.0227.90
24Socorro8,5479.9549.73
25Los Lunas15,52711.9150.75
26Farmington40,94012.6848.14
27Artesia12,38812.8433.98
28Bloomfield6,93212.8424.81
29Albuquerque561,37513.6973.66
30Gallup22,81515.4365.44
31Belen7,09520.3081.18
32Espanola10,12129.3447.52

Find the Safest Cities in Each State

Click on the state image below to check out our “Safest City” winners for each state.

Sources:

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2017 Crime in the United States
SafeWise’s, “2019 State of Safety
US Census Bureau, “2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more

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