These Are The 10 Most Conservative Cities In New Mexico For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in New Mexico are probably voting for Trump.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third time ranking the most conservative places to live in New Mexico.

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Well this has been one heck of a couple of years for the Republican Party. Never in my life time have I see anything like it — given that’s a relatively short lifetime, but who’s counting?

And now that we’re headed towards the next big election, we wanted to get a better sense of what parts of New Mexico would be the most likely to back Donald Trump again.

Specifically, which cities have the highest number of conservative voters in the Land Of Enchantment?

In order to do so, we turned our sites on measuring how each city in New Mexico with populations greater than 5,000 voted and contributed to political campaigns in the past several years. The cities with the highest percentage of voters who voted republican and gave the most to conservatives where named the most conservative cities in the state.

Here are the 10 most conservative places in New Mexico for 2019:

  1. Hobbs (Photos)
  2. Lovington (Photos)
  3. Clovis (Photos)
  4. Carlsbad (Photos)
  5. Artesia (Photos)
  6. Ruidoso (Photos)
  7. Portales (Photos)
  8. Roswell (Photos)
  9. Tucumcari (Photos)
  10. Farmington (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Taos is the most liberal city in New Mexico of all those we measured.

And to be clear, we didn’t form this list based on our own biases — we relied on the cold hard data. For more on how we ran the numbers, keep on reading. Then we’ll take a closer look at each of our top 10 most conservative cities in New Mexico.

And if you already knew these places were conservative, check out some more reading about New Mexico and the most conservative places in the country:

How we determined the most conservative cities in New Mexico for 2019

We started by making a list of every city in New Mexico over 5,000 people based on the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (The most recent data). That left us with 33 cities and towns.

We then measured the voting record and donation data to determine which places lean the most rightward in their allegiances by:

  1. Percentage Of Registered Republicans
  2. # Of Contributions To Republicans Per Capita
  3. $ Amount Contributed To Republicans Per Capita

Next, we ranked each city from 1 to 33 for each of the criteria where number one was the most conservative.

The winner, Hobbs, is “The Most Conservative City in New Mexico For 2019”.

Let’s go through these conservative places, shall we?

The 10 Most Conservative Places In New Mexico For 2019

Hobbs, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 37,427
Percent Republican: 70.5%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $13.7
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Hobbs: PhotosData

Hobbs is a city in Lea County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 34,122 at the 2010 Census, increasing from 28,657 at the 2000 census.

Lovington, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,558
Percent Republican: 70.5%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $4.59
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Lovington: PhotosData

Clovis, NM

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 39,255
Percent Republican: 67.6%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $2.7
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Clovis: PhotosData

Clovis is the county seat of Curry County, New Mexico, United States, with a population of 37,775 as of the 2010 census, and a 2014 estimated population of 39,860. Clovis is located in the New Mexico portion of the Llano Estacado, in the eastern part of the state.

Carlsbad, NM

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 28,393
Percent Republican: 66.8%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $11.48
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Carlsbad: PhotosData

Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 26,138. Carlsbad is centered at the intersection of U.S. Routes 62/180 and 285, and is the principal city of the Carlsbad-Artesia Micropolitan Statistical Area, which has a total population of 55,435. Located in the southeastern part of New Mexico, Carlsbad straddles the Pecos River and sits at the eastern edge of the Guadalupe Mountains.

Artesia, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,842
Percent Republican: 66.8%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $17.81
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.03
More on Artesia: PhotosData

Artesia is a city in Eddy County, New Mexico, United States, centered at the intersection of U.S. Route 82 and U.S. Route 285; the two highways serve as the city’s Main Street and First Street, respectively. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 11,301.

Ruidoso, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,740
Percent Republican: 66.2%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $46.5
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.12
More on Ruidoso: PhotosData

Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. The population was 8,029 at the 2010 census. The city of Ruidoso Downs and the unincorporated area of Alto are suburbs of Ruidoso, and contribute to the Ruidoso Micropolitan Statistical Area’s population of 21,223.

Portales, NM

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 12,123
Percent Republican: 65.3%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $4.9
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Portales: PhotosData

Portales is a city in and the county seat of Roosevelt County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 12,280 at the 2010 census. Portales is located near the larger city of Clovis as well as Cannon Air Force Base, a major contributor to the economy of the region.

Roswell, NM

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 48,163
Percent Republican: 63.5%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $14.5
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.03
More on Roswell: PhotosData

Roswell is a city in New Mexico. It is the county seat of Chaves County in the southeastern quarter of the state of New Mexico, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 48,411, making it the fifth-largest city in New Mexico. It is a center for irrigated farming, dairying, ranching, manufacturing, distribution, and petroleum production. It is also the home of New Mexico Military Institute, founded in 1891. Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge is located a few miles northeast of the city on the Pecos River. Bottomless Lakes State Park is located 12 miles east of Roswell on US 380.

Tucumcari, NM

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,004
Percent Republican: 61.9%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $1.48
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Tucumcari: PhotosData

Tucumcari is a city in and the county seat of Quay County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 5,363 at the 2010 census. Tucumcari was founded in 1901, two years before Quay County was founded.

Farmington, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 45,857
Percent Republican: 60.6%
$ Republican Amount Per Capita: $6.61
# Republican Contributions Per Capita: 0.04
More on Farmington: PhotosData

Farmington is a city in San Juan County in the US state of New Mexico. As of the 2013 population estimate from the United States Census Bureau the city had a total population of 45,426 people. Farmington makes up one of the four Metropolitan Statistical Areas in New Mexico. The U.S. Census Bureau’s population estimate in 2011 for Farmington was about 45,256.

Summing Up The Conservative Strongholds in New Mexico

Well there you have it, the places in New Mexico that have the highest number of conservatives per capita, with Hobbs ranking as the least conservative in the entire state.

If you’re curious, here are the least conservative cities in New Mexico:

  1. Taos
  2. Santa Fe
  3. Las Vegas

For more New Mexico reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Conservative Places In New Mexico

Rank City Population % Conservative
1 Hobbs, NM 37,427 70.5%
2 Lovington, NM 11,558 70.5%
3 Clovis, NM 39,255 67.6%
4 Carlsbad, NM 28,393 66.8%
5 Artesia, NM 11,842 66.8%
6 Ruidoso, NM 7,740 66.2%
7 Portales, NM 12,123 65.3%
8 Roswell, NM 48,163 63.5%
9 Tucumcari, NM 5,004 61.9%
10 Farmington, NM 45,857 60.6%
11 Bloomfield, NM 8,039 60.6%
12 Aztec, NM 6,635 60.6%
13 Alamogordo, NM 30,963 59.3%
14 Truth Or Consequences, NM 6,029 58.1%
15 Raton, NM 6,249 48.5%
16 Los Lunas, NM 15,258 47.9%
17 Belen, NM 7,125 47.9%
18 Deming, NM 14,339 47.7%
19 Corrales, NM 8,463 42.0%
20 Bernalillo, NM 8,991 42.0%
21 Rio Rancho, NM 93,317 42.0%
22 Silver City, NM 9,882 41.3%
23 Grants, NM 9,094 39.6%
24 Socorro, NM 8,608 38.1%
25 Sunland Park, NM 16,051 35.9%
26 Anthony, NM 9,397 35.9%
27 Las Cruces, NM 101,014 35.9%
28 Albuquerque, NM 556,718 34.5%
29 Los Ranchos De Albuquerque, NM 6,097 34.5%
30 Gallup, NM 22,063 23.5%
31 Las Vegas, NM 13,445 21.5%
32 Santa Fe, NM 82,980 20.1%
33 Taos, NM 5,687 17.9%

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