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Best Places To Live In New Mexico 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score78
  • 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
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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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  • Alamogordo, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 31,201
  • Typically, when people think of New Mexico they only think about the desert and that everything is desolate, which in parts it is, but there is also great beauty that comes out of it also. I lived in
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  • Carlsbad, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 28,079
  • Generally, in the four years that I have lived in Carlsbad, New Mexico, it’s a pretty decent place to live. On one hand, it is a small town that finds itself quite far from big cities. This can be a
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  • 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
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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
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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
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  • Paradise Hills, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,140
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  • Corrales, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,474
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  • Ruidoso, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,833
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  • 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
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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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  • Las Cruces, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 101,459
  • Las Cruces is 40 miles from El Paso so the two are linked by culture. Many things to drive to from Mountains to Hot Springs. This area has not been completely discovered so still has personality. Medical
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  • Truth or Consequences, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,157
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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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  • Grants, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,263
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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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  • 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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  • 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
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  • Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,069
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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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  • Raton, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,348
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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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  • 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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  • 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
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  • Tucumcari, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,091
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  • 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
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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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  • Los Chaves, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,117
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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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  • Bloomfield, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,565
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  • 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
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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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  • 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
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  • Anthony, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,459
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  • Belen, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,184
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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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  • Taos, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,735
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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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  • Zuni Pueblo, NM
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,635
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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.
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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

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.