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Best Places To Live In New Mexico 2020

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score84
  • White Rock, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,083
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  • Los Alamos, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,733
  • Living in Los Alamos, NM is living in the 96th percentile of NM. One of the better cities in NM, we have almost everything perfect besides a couple of things that are above average. We’ll start with the…[read more]
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  • Rio Rancho, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 92,966
  • Rio Rancho is a smaller community than Albuquerque which is across the river east. Rio has 2 high schools and many middle and elementary schools. Our school RRPS is better than than APS and it pays…[read more]
74
  • Lovington, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,559
  • Lovington, Michigan has been the place that I have called home for the past five years. I grew up as an army brat, so my entire childhood was that type of lifestyle where we would move every couple of…[read more]
72
  • Alamogordo, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 31,201
  • Alamogordo isn't a bad place for people looking to retire or live a simpler life but I wouldn't recommend living here if you re under the age of 40 or if you are raising children. Also, this town is…[read more]
70
  • North Hobbs, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,899
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  • Hobbs, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 36,863
  • Hobbs is an interesting little city that almost feels like it's in the middle of nowhere. I've been living in Hobbs for a couple years so far, and while it's a few hours away from any major cities, I…[read more]
67
  • Grants, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,263
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  • Carlsbad, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 28,079
  • Carlsbad right now is going through a historic oil boom. The good ? If you cannot find a job, you are not really trying. The job market is so tight that even low skill jobs can get some pretty good…[read more]
66
  • Ruidoso, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,833
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  • Corrales, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,474
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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…[read more]
64
  • Paradise Hills, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,140
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  • Silver City, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,103
  • Living in Silver City, New Mexico is awesome, no doubt about it. I love having the same type of climate year round, even if it is desert heat! There is so much beauty in this town and around the area and…[read more]
62
  • Santa Fe, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 82,927
  • Once a small friendly city, now crowded with rude west and east coast transplants. High rents, crowded streets and dangerous drivers and high crime rate. The local police do their best, but their…[read more]
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  • North Valley, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,248
  • Living in North Valley, New Mexico is fantastic! This community is smaller, but it's a college town located on the outskirts of Albuquerque meaning there is plenty to do here year round! The climate…[read more]
62
  • Artesia, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,817
  • Living in Artesia, NM is okay depending on what you’re looking for. Our crime rate is atrocious considering we pay something to live here. A good education is slim to none. We have 10 public schools to…[read more]
60
  • Portales, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,275
  • I certainly love living here! One of the best decisions I made on Real Estate. The city neighbors are friendly and kind and will go out of the way to lend a helping hand. Transportation is convenient and…[read more]
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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…[read more]
60
  • Las Cruces, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 101,459
  • I grew up in Las Cruces moved away after my freshman year in HS and moved back 8 years later. The school system here is terrible and this is a very bad place to live if you can't afford to be in a good…[read more]
59
  • Los Lunas, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,271
  • Los Lunas, New Mexico has been my home for the last 20 years and I can't think of any place else that I would want to be. I've raised a family here, and I am happy that my children are bringing up their…[read more]
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  • Farmington, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 44,067
  • There is dark cloud over Farmington. Violent crimes are a common occurrence in San Juan County. Stabbing deaths, missing persons, burglaries are the most common. I lived there for nearly 3 years. The…[read more]
58
  • Anthony, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,459
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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…[read more]
58
  • Truth or Consequences, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,157
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  • Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,069
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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…[read more]
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  • Belen, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,184
  • These numbers are so far off I have no idea where area vibe comes up with this garbage. The administration before this one brought in over 200 great jobs to the Belen area. Yet it shows F in employment,…[read more]
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  • Aztec, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,354
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  • Taos, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,735
  • The population of Taos is under 10,000 and statistics say crime 24% per 100,000? That must mean everyone's a criminal. My family has lived in Taos many generations and it is beautiful. Tradition have…[read more]
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  • Tucumcari, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,091
  • It's a small Route 66 town that I love to visit every time I travel on Route 66. Time goes by slowly around here. Not that much happens, but if you want to get away from the big city, this may be the…[read more]
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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…[read more]
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  • Sunland Park, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,588
  • Living in Sunland Park, New Mexico makes me happy. It's beautiful here. The people are wonderful. The scenery is breathtaking, like something out of a movie. Our schools, crime rate, and job market could…[read more]
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  • Española, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,159
  • Living in Espanola, New Mexico is truly idyllic! My favorite place to visit in the entire world is located right here, the Puye Cliff Dwellings! It's so cool to see how people long ago were able to…[read more]
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  • Albuquerque, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 556,859
  • If you won't to be assaulted by sheriff's and criminals It is the best place to be. The hospital prespatirine will even help them cover it up .there worst officers seem to be the ones that move up the…[read more]
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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 …[read more]
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  • Raton, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,348
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  • Las Vegas, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,570
  • Overall, this city has been a bit rough for me and my family. I titled this review in the way that I did to let folks know how to enjoy Las Vegas, New Mexico to the best of their ability. Living in Las…[read more]
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  • Los Chaves, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,117
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  • Bloomfield, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,565
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  • Lee Acres, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,479
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  • Shiprock, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,135
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  • Zuni Pueblo, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,635
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  • Deming, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,582
  • First I'd like to say forget about woring here, nooo jobs. The old boy network runs he town. Nothing to do here, except drink. Being so close to the border is why the crime is so bad, one reason, the…[read more]
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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…[read more]
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  • Chaparral, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,095
  • I was looking for a small town to live in near El Paso, Texas, and Chaparral, New Mexico, seemed to fit the bill at first glance, but to be truthful, I have been a bit disappointed. First, the good news.…[read more]

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.