10 Most Dangerous Cities In New Mexico For 2020


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Land of Enchantment for 2020.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our fifth time ranking the most dangerous places to live in New Mexico and is updated for 2020.

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In New Mexico it’s a given that you have to watch out for flying saucers and aliens in Roswell and temperatures that could fry an egg on a sidewalk, but did you know that you also have to watch out for the state’s most dangerous places?

That’s right. There really are dangerous places in New Mexico. Some might say it’s because there are a lot of illegals, some might say the state needs to offer better jobs with competitive salaries, and some might say that it’s just people being people; any way you look at it, the numbers don’t lie, And lucky for you, RoadSnacks is here to tell you the top ten most dangerous places in The Land of Enchantment for 2020.

How’d we determine the most dangerous places in New Mexico? We consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 28 cities. We looked at the FBI’s latest crime report for violent crime and property crime statistics for every place with over 5,000 residents.

We discovered a couple of things. One, the residents of New Mexico should not be too shocked by this considering they are the number two most dangerous state in the country. Two, the state’s violent crime and property crime numbers have left the national average in the dust…in a bad way, And three, you should probably take a look at our list before you make in life changing decisions.

Have we piqued your interest? Want to know more about our methodology and where the most dangerous places in New Mexico are located? Keep reading.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in New Mexico for 2020:

  1. Gallup (Photos)
  2. Belen (Photos)
  3. Albuquerque (Photos)
  4. Deming (Photos)
  5. Los Lunas (Photos)
  6. Taos (Photos)
  7. Farmington (Photos)
  8. Socorro (Photos)
  9. Roswell (Photos)
  10. Hobbs (Photos)

Yes, the state has 146 law enforcement agencies employing close to 5,000 police officers, but they just can’t be everywhere. So, bigger cities like Albuquerque and Santa Fe are starting to feel the effects; but, the place that’s getting hit the worst is New Mexico’s most dangerous place, Gallup.

The New Mexico places on our most dangerous list could definitely use a hug. If you’re looking to be that diamond in the ruff, or you’re just curious to see if your city made the list, take a look at our list below. And if you don’t see your city there, head to the bottom.

Learn more about the safest places in New Mexico.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the most dangerous cities in America or the most dangerous states in America.

For more New Mexico reading, check out:

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In New Mexico

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In New Mexico For 2020

Gallup, NM

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Population: 21,980
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,537 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,892 (2nd most dangerous)
More on Gallup:  Data | Photos

Located in the northwestern part of the state, Gallup was named the Most Patriotic Small Town in America in 2018.

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 2017-2018, 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 2018.

Belen, NM

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Population: 7,061
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,280 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,126 (5th most dangerous)
More on Belen:  Data | Photos

Belen earns a 2nd place ranking overall.

Between 2017-2018, violent crime and property crime increased, leaving Belen residents with a 1 in 19.5 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2018.

Review Of Belen by HomeSnacks User

Belen is not a bad place. Try roswell my hometown where lots of crime and shootings. Example a kid shooting in a school- Glad i moved to belen for sake of my kids.

Albuquerque, NM

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Population: 560,235
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,364 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,179 (3rd most dangerous)
More on Albuquerque:  Data | Photos

The most populated city in New Mexico, Albuquerque ranked 3rd overall in crime.

ABQ experienced a minor increase in violent crime between 2017-2018, 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 2018.

Review Of Albuquerque by HomeSnacks User

There is a lot of outdoor stuff to do, including hiking, biking, walking, ballooning, etc. Schools are not as good as other areas of the country, but the food and the weather cannot be beat. The cost of living is lower in Albuquerque than in other areas of the country.

The weather is incredible. I miss the Albuquerque skies.

Deming, NM

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Population: 14,094
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,000 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,207 (4th most dangerous)
More on Deming:  Data | Photos

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 2017-2018, violent crime went up by 25%, leaving residents with about a 1 in 99 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2018.

Review Of Deming by HomeSnacks User

This is h**l on Earth! Poverty, drugs and murders on a daily basis. I wouldnt recommend Deming to my worst enemy!

Los Lunas, NM

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Population: 15,568
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,214 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,374 (7th most dangerous)
More on Los Lunas:  Data | Photos

Los Lunas ranks as the 5th most dangerous city in New Mexico according to the FBI data.

The city ranks as having the 7th highest property crime rank and 6th highest violent crime rank in the Land of Enchantment.

Taos, NM

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Population: 5,662
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 512 (15th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,718 (1st most dangerous)
More on Taos:  Data | Photos

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 2017-2018.

Still, the 1 in 195 chance Taos residents faced of being the victim of violence in 2018 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 worst city in New Mexico with regards to theft and arson.

Farmington, NM

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Population: 45,364
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,307 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,899 (11th most dangerous)
More on Farmington:  Data | Photos

The commercial hub of northwestern New Mexico and the surrounding four corners region, Farmington ranks as the 7th most dangerous city in New Mexico .

Farmington’s 2018 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.

Socorro, NM

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Population: 8,363
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 705 (11th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,962 (6th most dangerous)
More on Socorro:  Data | Photos

Located in central New Mexico in the Rio Grande Valley, Socorro earns a 8th place ranking overall.

Between 2017-2018, 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 2018.

Review Of Socorro by HomeSnacks User

I live in Socorro and we really enjoy going to TorC to soak in the waters or to go antiquing. It’s a quirky, yet charming little place. I was surprised Socorro did not make this list. Our drug problem is just awful. It’s not a very pretty town. Our city council bows to the mayor who is just setting up his own life for when he retires. There’s not a whole lot of pride going on here; no pride in mothers and fathers caring for their kids, no pride in homes, no pride in school life… G*d bless the people that try out here. There’s more scuzzy people that ruin it for everyone else than there are quality people that try to make Socorro nice.

Roswell, NM

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Population: 47,678
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 830 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,211 (8th most dangerous)
More on Roswell:  Data | Photos

Roswell, a representative from Chaves County finds itself as one of the most dangerous cities in New Mexico.

Roswell’s ranking for violent crime and property were 10th and 8th, respectively.

Roswell is a bit off the beaten path, yet it still manages its fair share of crime.

Review Of Roswell by HomeSnacks User

We love our new home state because houses are affordable and the people are wonderful. I agree what you described is Albuquerque. The mountains here are stunning. The climate is astonishing. NM is enchanting. Sorry you have not seen more of it.

Science abounds here. Space history, solar studies, and the Very Large Array.

Hobbs, NM

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Population: 38,320
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 655 (12th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,120 (9th most dangerous)
More on Hobbs:  Data | Photos

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 2017-2018, 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 2018.

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 2018 data, specifically the 2018 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2020.

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. Any ties went to the smaller city. You can download the data here.

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:

  1. Rio Rancho (Pop. 97,394)
  2. Los Alamos (Pop. 18,883)
  3. Corrales (Pop. 8,577)

For more New Mexico reading, check out:

Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In New Mexico?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Gallup 21,980 1,537 6,892
2 Belen 7,061 2,280 5,126
3 Albuquerque 560,235 1,364 6,179
4 Deming 14,094 1,000 5,207
5 Los Lunas 15,568 1,214 4,374
6 Taos 5,662 512 7,718
7 Farmington 45,364 1,307 3,899
8 Socorro 8,363 705 4,962
9 Roswell 47,678 830 4,211
10 Hobbs 38,320 655 4,120
Download The Entire New Mexico Ranking Data

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8 thoughts on “10 Most Dangerous Cities In New Mexico For 2020

  1. It looks like NM as a whole is a toilet of crime.
    Thank you mexican pigs for most of it along with the trailer trash whities.
    Lets give this garbage state back to mexico.

  2. Can we please call them by their non-rascist name given to them by the ananake? They called them Quills, for what should be obvious reasons.

  3. I have lived in Albuquerque for most of my life and have not really had many problems. Traffic and drivers here suck. People are generally friendly here in this state. Being alert to your surroundings is a bonus, anywhere…not just here.
    I lived in Oregon for a third of the time I have in New Mexico and yet, my vehicle was stolen…in Oregon, NOT New Mexico. They found my car in California.
    A lot of it has to do with your attitude…Stan – you would not last long here with that sort of drool seeping out of your mouth.

  4. Made a stop in town called Ft Sumner. It looks like it used to be a really nice town. Has Old Ft Sumner and Billy the Kids grave as well as a decent museum. Since it has the ability to attract tourists there it shocked me to see the shape the town is in. As well as the fact I found on the internet that 30% of the residents live in poverty. This is not a slam against this town. I wanted to open a bar as the old bar/restaurant across the street from the museum is up for sale. $330000. Not a bad price. I thought it was doable. Come to find out the liquor license would cost me a little under a million. That was a deal breaker. My point is New Mexico needs to loosen up regulations/taxation to give towns like Ft Sumner a chance. It’s a town filled with good people from what I saw. These same people can rebuild this town if that chance were given. Good luck Ft Sumner.

  5. Socorro should be a little higher up on your list. I live here and businesses are closing up due to theft. As well as the “founding members, city council, and mayor” just raising taxes and not providing incentives to formulate and provide employment to this dying town. Drugs are rampant, not much of a city police squad just a few officers employed. Our jail is just a revolving door no one gets justice for crimes committed against them. Nor is getting held accountable for their own crimes. There’s a bunch more…

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