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A+ Roswell Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
A- Roswell Cost of Living Cost of living is 8% lower than New Mexico
8515% less expensive than the US average
New Mexico
928% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Roswell cost of living
F Roswell Crime Total crime is 1% higher than New Mexico
Total crime
4,77473% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2173% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-16%Year over year crime is down
Roswell crime
D Roswell Employment Household income is 9% lower than New Mexico
Median household income
$41,46525% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$21,27229% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%5% lower than the US average
Roswell employment
C- Roswell Housing Home value is 38% lower than New Mexico
Median home value
$100,70045% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$70925% lower than the US average
Home ownership
64%equal to the US average
Roswell real estate or Roswell rentals
F Roswell Schools HS graduation rate is 7% lower than New Mexico
High school grad. rates
74%10% lower than the US average
School test scores
23%54% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:13% lower than the US average
Roswell K-12 schools or Roswell colleges

Living in Roswell, NM

Roswell is a medium-sized city located in the state of New Mexico. The city has a population of 48,407 residents. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (78% White). Given that fact, Roswell could be considered less diverse than other cities. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Roswell are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 33% of the population also speak Spanish.

Living in Roswell can be a fulfilling experience for anyone relocating to the town. Having said that, in the state of New Mexico, there are many desirable places to live, so choose wisely! The best areas in Roswell and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, education, employment, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the New Mexico and national averages.

Using data and statistics Roswell has received a livability score of 64/100. This score is ranked in the 36th percentile when compared to all other cities. Based on the grades for each individual category, Roswell has received high marks for amenities (A+), cost of living (A-) and weather (B-). The bad news for Roswell, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: crime (F), education (F) and employment (D).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Roswell on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: International UFO Museum and Research Center, Pecos Flavors Winery, and Alien Zone.

Roswell real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Roswell. Median real estate prices in Roswell come in at $100,700, which is 37.7% lower than the New Mexico average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Roswell, the home price to income ratio is 2.4, which is 31.4% lower than the New Mexico average.

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Roswell, NM - Plenty To Do!

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 attractions to attend in this local area. One great attraction would have to be the local zoo. A zoo trip is a great outing for any family trip. There are all different types of exotic animals at the Roswell local zoo. There are also many educational museums locals conveniently in Roswell. These are a great excuse to plan a family day out. State parks are located all over Roswell. You will be able to see plenty of scenic views when visiting these local parks. The community is great with holding events. While I was there they did several community related things. They also made sure to keep the local Roswell area looking great. There is an average amount of places to go out for a bite to eat with the family. There were several restaurants along with a few fast food places. Overall there is a variety of places to choose from when trying to eat a nice meal out. There are only a selected number of places when it comes time to have a fun night out. If you don't mind visiting the same bars over and over then there shouldn't be a problem. The bars offer great local specials just not a lot of variety. There are plenty of places to get any shopping you might need done. The mall is conveniently located right in the local area of Roswell. There are also several department and grocery store. You should have no problem shopping around for what you need with all of the local options.

Overall, Roswell NM is a great place to live. I did not experience any negative problems while living here. There is plenty to do to keep any family happy and entertained. Keep in mind how much there is to do in this area when thinking about a new place to relocate to!
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