Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in New Mexico?
We all watch the news and see reports on Facebook of the latest crimes that happen in our hometowns. But it can be hard to tell at a big picture level how dangerous our town actually is.
No one wants to feel unsafe, and statistically speaking, odds are that where you live is most likely relatively safe. In order to help the good people of New Mexico — and anyone looking to move to New Mexico — know just how close they are to danger, we took data from the annual FBI report and did some serious analysis.
So what is the most dangerous city in New Mexico? After analyzing 28 cities in New Mexico, Gallup takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in New Mexico based on the most recent FBI data.
For a detailed explanation of the data and analysis we used in creating this ranking, read on.
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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In New Mexico For 2020
Located in the northwestern part of the state, Gallup was named the Most Patriotic Small Town in America in 2017.
Now, Gallup is one of the most crime-ridden cities in one of the most crime-ridden states in the country.
Violent crime went up by 36% and property crime by 26% between 2015-17, which left Gallup’s residents with a 1 in 65 chance of being the victim of violence, and a 1 in 14.5 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.
Belen is the smallest city to make this list, but don’t let that fool you — the city is also one of the most violent in the state.
Belen residents had a 1 in 43 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017.
The only reason Belen is so low on this list is because it has the lowest frequency of property crime (about 1 per 362 residents in 2017) of any city on this list.
The most populated city in New Mexico, Albuquerque ranked 3rd overall in crime.
ABQ experienced a minor increase in violent crime between 2015-17, and a small hike in property crime.
That left Albuquerque residents with a 1 in 16.2 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.
Located in the southwestern part of the state (just 33 miles north of the Mexican border), Deming is the 4th most dangerous city in New Mexico.
From 2015-17, violent crime went up by 25%, leaving residents with about a 1 in 99 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017.
Los Lunas is also the home to quite a bit of crime.
Despite the fact that violent crime and property crime dropped between 2015-17, Los Lunas’s crime statistics are still pretty terrible.
In 2017, residents still faced a 1 in 82 chance of being the victim of violence, and a 1 in 681 chance of being the victim of a property crime for every year they spent in Los Lunas city limits.
Taos is located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the north-central part of New Mexico. It experienced a massive rise in violent crime between 2015-17.
Still, the 1 in 195 chance Taos residents faced of being the victim of violence in 2017 is still lower than other places in the state.
Meanwhile, you have a 1 in 13.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime, making Taos the 1st worst city in New Mexico with regards to theft and arson.
The commercial hub of northwestern New Mexico and the surrounding four corners region, Farmington is the last city to make the cut.
Farmington’s 2017 violent crime statistics ranked as the 5th most in New Mexico with a 1 in 76 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.
Located in central New Mexico in the Rio Grande Valley, Socorro earns a 8th place ranking overall.
Between 2015-17, violent crime rose by 14% and property crime by 20%, leaving Socorro residents with a 1 in 20.2 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.
Roswell experienced a drop in its property crime rate between 2015-17.
That’s a difference of residents having about a 1 in 15 shot of being the victim of theft or arson at the beginning to a 1 in 23.7 shot in 2017.
Violent crime, meanwhile, remained at around the same level.
Hobbs, New Mexico has had its population spike by around 20% over the last decade.
Unfortunately, that’s not the only thing that’s been going up in Hobbs — property crime went up by to 1,579 between 2015-17, and violent crime skyrocketed to 251 occurrences.
That left Hobbs’ residents with a 1 in 152 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017.
How Is Your Town In ?
How we determined the most dangerous cities in New Mexico for 2020?
Every year the FBI release two crime datasets, a preliminary dataset limited to the biggest cities in the country, followed by a more detailed release at the end of the year.
For our analysis, we focused on the JUST released 2017 data, specifically the 2017 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2019.
So what criteria did we use? Have a look:
- Violent Crimes Per Capita
- Property Crimes Per Capita
In order to make the analysis as apples to apples as possible, we only considered cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 28 cities in New Mexico.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 28 for the two criteria with a #1 ranking being the most dangerous for the particular criteria.
Next, we averaged the two rankings into one “Dangerous Index”.
Finally, we ranked every city on the “Dangerous Index” with the lowest index being the most dangerous in New Mexico — Gallup.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in New Mexico.
Locking It All Up In New Mexico
The latest FBI crime data shows that Gallup ranks as the most dangerous city in New Mexico for 2020.
We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Gallup and that this isn’t a comment on the people that live there. So please don’t beat us up.
If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in New Mexico:
- Grants (Pop. 8,982)
- Los Alamos (Pop. 18,883)
- Corrales (Pop. 8,577)
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