These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In New Mexico For 2018


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Land of Enchantment for 2018.

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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.

The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Land Of Enchantment:

  1. Belen (Photos)
  2. Gallup (Photos)
  3. Taos (Photos)
  4. Espanola
  5. Albuquerque (Photos)
  6. Los Lunas (Photos)
  7. Socorro (Photos)
  8. Artesia (Photos)
  9. Bernalillo (Photos)
  10. Clovis (Photos)

Why did Belen take the top spot? For the answer to this question and a detailed explanation of the data and analysis we used in creating this ranking, read on. Or 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.

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How we determined the most dangerous cities in New Mexico for 2018?

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 2016 data, specifically the 2016 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available for 2017 in October 2018.

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 31 cities in New Mexico.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 31 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 — Belen. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in New Mexico.

Here’s a visualization of the criteria:
Most Dangerous Cities In New Mexico Graph

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Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in New Mexico.

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1. Belen

Belen, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,127
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,711
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,534
Belen is the 3rd most violent city in New Mexico and places as the most dangerous overall. It moved up two spots from third place to take the unwanted crown for 2018.

Instances of violent crime leave Belen residents with a 1 in 58 chance of being the victim of violence in 2016.

Property crime is also at a consistently high level, with about 1 case of theft or arson for every 13.3 residents, each year.

2. Gallup

Gallup, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,528
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,725
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,004
Located in the northwestern part of the state, Gallup was named the Most Patriotic Small Town in America in 2016.

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 2014-16, which left Gallup’s residents with a 1 in 57 chance of being the victim of violence, and a 1 in 14.3 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2016.

At least it no longer holds the number 1 spot.

3. Taos

Taos, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,746
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 991
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,866
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 2014-16.

Still, the 1 in 100 chance Taos residents faced of being the victim of violence in 2016 is still lower than other places in the state.

Meanwhile, you have a 1 in 12.7 chance of being the victim of a property crime, making Taos the worst city in New Mexico with regards to theft and arson.

4. Espanola

Source: Public Domain

Population: 10,030
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,671
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,553
Espanola is New Mexico’s 20th biggest town and 4th most dangerous.

In recent years, the crime rate has changed dramatically in Espanola, for better and for worse.

On the one hand, instances of violent crime dropped between 2014-16, but on the other, a hike in property crime during this interval leaves Espanola as the town with the 6th highest rate of property crime in New Mexico.

5. Albuquerque

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 561,560
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,112
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,860
The most populated city in New Mexico, Albuquerque ranked 5th overall in crime.

ABQ experienced a minor increase in violent crime between 2014-16, and a small hike in property crime.

That left Albuquerque residents with a 1 in 14.6 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2016.

6. Los Lunas

Los Lunas, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,398
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 837
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,909
Los Lunas is not the refuge that you might be expecting — it ranks as the 6th most dangerous city in New Mexico.

It has the 9th highest overall violent crime rate.

Pproperty crime ranks 8th in the state, meaning it’s not looking too good on both sides of the crime isle.

7. Socorro

Socorro, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,665
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 738
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,493
Located in central New Mexico in the Rio Grande Valley, Socorro earns a 7th place ranking overall.

Between 2014-16, violent crime rose by 14% and property crime by 20%, leaving Socorro residents with a 1 in 18.2 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2016.

8. Artesia

Artesia, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,180
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 894
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,433
Known as the City of Champions, Artesia, in southeastern New Mexico, ranks as having the 7th highest violent crime rate.

While property crime fell by 8% between 2014-16, violent crime rose by 11%.

That increase left Artesia residents with a 1 in 111 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2016.

9. Bernalillo

Bernalillo, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,946
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 961
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,393
Located in eastern New Mexico, Bernalillo is one of the smaller cities to appear on this list.

Bernalillo has achieved some impressive improvements in its crime rate in recent years, with violent crime falling by 34% from 2014-16.

Still, folks living in Bernalillo had a 1 in 22.8 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2016, which is pretty unacceptable.

10. Clovis

Clovis, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,725
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 561
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,003
Located very close to the Texas border, Clovis is only slightly safer than ABQ in terms of its property crime.

Clovis experienced a 2,385 crimes in 2016. That means residents have a 1 in 16.7 chance of being robbed here.

Though it’s the least violent city on this list, Clovis had 223 violent crimes in 2016.

Locking It All Up In New Mexico

The latest FBI crime data shows that Belen ranks as the most dangerous city in New Mexico for 2018.

However, there will be new data coming out later this year. At that point we can revisit Belen’s status — that is if they haven’t beaten us all up already.

If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in New Mexico:

  1. Sunland Park
  2. Corrales
  3. Los Alamos

For more New Mexico reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In New Mexico

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Belen 1 3 7,127 1,711 7,534
Gallup 2 1 23,528 1,725 7,004
Taos 3 2 5,746 991 7,866
Espanola 4 5 10,030 2,671 5,553
Albuquerque 5 4 561,560 1,112 6,860
Los Lunas 6 11 15,398 837 4,909
Socorro 7 7 8,665 738 5,493
Artesia 8 6 12,180 894 4,433
Bernalillo 9 13 8,946 961 4,393
Clovis 10 12 39,725 561 6,003
Farmington 11 21 42,270 693 4,393
Hobbs 12 10 39,349 561 4,815
Roswell 13 9 48,556 640 4,390
Deming 14 8 14,457 601 4,309
Las Vegas 15 15 13,256 882 3,160
Carlsbad 16 14 29,538 450 3,916
Las Cruces 17 18 102,349 245 4,678
Portales 18 19 11,921 419 3,959
Aztec 19 20 6,031 580 3,017
Santa Fe 20 17 84,663 382 3,819
Alamogordo 21 23 30,768 373 3,282
Truth Or Consequences 22 16 6,000 366 3,466
Bloomfield 23 24 7,163 558 2,582
Grants 24 25 9,245 421 2,606
Ruidoso 25 22 7,683 273 2,746
Raton 26 26 6,058 214 3,152
Lovington 27 27 11,970 150 2,664
Rio Rancho 28 28 95,454 225 2,357
Los Alamos 29 17,667 101 786
Corrales 30 30 8,530 82 1,101
Sunland Park 31 29 16,301 147 760

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2 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In New Mexico For 2018

  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.

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