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Best Places To Live In New Mexico 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score77
  • Los Alamos, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,733
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  • White Rock, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,083
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  • North Hobbs, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,899
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  • Rio Rancho, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 92,966
  • I moved to Rio Rancho, NM five years ago. I must say that the entire area is impressive and I enjoy the city immensely. It is located in a beautiful area, and there are plenty of opportunities for
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  • Santa Fe, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 82,927
  • The new young professionals are discriminate here and don't know it's suppose to be about being of service to the customer or patient. It's about the client being of service to the non thinking
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  • Lovington, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,559
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  • Ruidoso, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,833
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  • Paradise Hills, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,140
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  • Eldorado at Santa Fe, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,648
  • In 2011 I moved from Kansas City MO to Santa Fe to attend SFUAD. Luck brought me out to Eldorado where me and my dog have been living in a really nice house. It gets really dusty here so even if I park
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  • Corrales, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,474
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  • Alamogordo, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 31,201
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  • Sunland Park, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,588
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  • Hobbs, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 36,863
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  • Raton, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,348
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  • Las Cruces, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 101,459
  • Unfriendly, horrible drivers, financially desperate conditions, middle class is upper class in Las Cruces.Customer service tactics in the dark ages, medical and dental facilities run on their own time.
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  • Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,069
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  • North Valley, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,248
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  • Los Chaves, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,117
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  • Carlsbad, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 28,079
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  • Farmington, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 44,067
  • High religious cult zone.Visual domain of streets dominated by religious insignia. Males have poor attitude toward women: mechanics, plumbers, construction, agriculture. Off main drag
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  • Albuquerque, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 556,859
  • I have been here just about 2 years with family. First, on the plus side++ Housing is very reasonable , gas is very reasonable but (see below)+ Roads are maintained (just poorly designed)+ Somewhat
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  • Roswell, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 48,407
  • I lived in Roswell NM for about 6 months. I really enjoyed living here for the most part. My family probably wouldn't have moved away from this area if it was for a family emergency. There are many
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  • Silver City, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,103
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  • Las Vegas, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,570
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  • Clovis, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 39,461
  • Welcome to Clovis, NM (88101) where peaceful farming community meets sleepy border town. Don't be fooled by the propaganda; it's all smoke and mirrors! This town is horrible! Public utilities are
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  • Aztec, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,354
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  • Deming, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,582
  • In my opinon dont move here, look at the grades. Industry is little to zero. Me and my grandparents stayed here for one night. We were on our way to Tuscon. We started in San Marcos, TX. 1st night we
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  • Truth or Consequences, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,157
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  • Portales, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,275
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  • Lee Acres, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,479
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  • Bloomfield, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,565
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  • Artesia, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,817
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  • Grants, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,263
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  • Gallup, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,523
  • Gallup seems to have only seasonal attractions, like many other places. They have the Inter-Tribal Ceremony which occurs every summer and the Wild Thing bullriding, along with the Wrangler Jr's Final
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  • Bernalillo, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,676
  • The title describes my observations for the past 13 years that I've been a resident of Bernalillo. In the years that I've lived here, businesses have increased, the population has increased, but access
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  • Belen, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,184
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  • Taos, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,735
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  • Tucumcari, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,091
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  • Los Lunas, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,271
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  • Española, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,159
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  • South Valley, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 41,397
  • I was living in Hackensack, New Jersey when I was offered an opportunity to work temporarily in South Valley, New Mexico. What a clash in living! I had lived in a high rise surrounded by thousands of
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  • Socorro, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,760
  • I stayed in this town for only one day and it was NOT GOOD! For 1, its off a major u.s. Highway, that means that anyone can come to your town and commit crime. That explaines the F for crime. 2
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  • Anthony, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,459
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  • Chaparral, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,095
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  • Zuni Pueblo, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,635
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  • Shiprock, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,135

New Mexico: Land of Enchantment

New Mexico is nicknamed the Land of Enchantment, and it would be easy to see why. It is the epitome of southwestern charm. Friendly faces, beautiful vistas, outdoor adventure, and a fascinating tale of western American history welcome newcomers to this lovely state.

New Mexico is the lower easternmost of the so-called “four corners” states. It is bordered by Arizona, Colorado, and Texas, and a small portion of Mexico. The geography is diverse, with many parks and preserved open spaces that accommodate outdoor types well. A southern swath of the Rocky Mountain range is surrounded by high desert terrain, with succulent vegetation and little annual rainfall. The temperatures are on the warm side, averaging from around 35 degrees in winter to about 85 degrees in the summer. The mountains give way to the upper reaches of the Chihuahuan desert in the south.

Several attractions make New Mexico an appealing state. Albuquerque’s world-renowned Balloon Fiesta hosts more than 700 hot air balloons and draws tens of thousands of tourists every year. Multiple cultural and historic landmarks dot the landscape all over the state, such as Pueblo Bonito, Taos, White Sands National Monument, and Trail of the Ancients. New Mexico also offers excellent camping, biking, and backpacking opportunities, and is a gateway to America’s extraordinary western outdoor playground. The major cities are cultural hubs, hosting numerous food festivals and intercultural performances. New Mexican cuisine blends influences from Spanish, Mexican, and native sources, and is notoriously distinct and flavorful. Santa Fe, New Mexico’s capital, is the center of artistic culture in the state and is home to the country’s oldest standing church, built in 1610. New Mexico is also famous for its spas and resorts, many of which are centered around natural hot springs.

New Mexico is home to a little over two million residents, most of whom reside in the states three major cities, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Las Cruces. Albuquerque’s major industries are aerospace, sustainable energy, and computer technology. It is also an administrative center for a number of mining companies. Several federal installations represent much of the state’s economy in the form of military defense, laboratories, and space observatories. The housing market is somewhat less expensive than the national average, and the state’s employment rate is comparable to other states. Santa Fe reports the highest real estate prices followed closely by Albuquerque, while Las Cruces and smaller towns run lower.

Agriculture occupies the rural portion of New Mexico, which is one of the nation’s top chili pepper and onion producers. The uniquely wonderful scent of roasting chilis in the autumn is a southwestern experience to treasure!

There is no shortage of good reasons to call New Mexico home. To better customize your search for the best places to live in New Mexico and find that perfect place to settld down, you can specify the criteria that you need. You can fully customize your search based on population size, search radius, home/rent price and what factors (amenities, crime, cost of living, education, employment, housing, weather) are most important to you. Start your search now to find the best places to live in New Mexico.