10 Most Dangerous Cities In New Mexico


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Land of Enchantment for 2019.

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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 2019.

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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.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in New Mexico for 2019:

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

So what is the most dangerous city in New Mexico? After analyzing 29 cities in New Mexico, Belen 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.

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.

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 2019

Belen, NM

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 7,095
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,029 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,118 (2nd most dangerous)
More on Belen:  Data | Photos

Belen is no stranger to our lists as it ranks as the second poorest city in New Mexico and appears in the middle of the list of the worst places to live. And it would make sense that crime contributes to its placement on both of those lists.

In this particular case for the city of over 7,095, the combination of high property crime (2nd highest in the state on a rate basis) and violent crime (2nd highest) led to the top overall spot of most dangerous city in New Mexico.

Review Of Belen by HomeSnacks User

Belen isnt a bad town.If i had stayed in roswell my kids wouldve been proably in trouble alot. Peer pressure alot there. My kids have there own families and doing great. We lived in belen 12 years great place.

Gallup, NM

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Population: 22,815
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,542 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,543 (4th 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 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 64 chance of being the victim of violence, and a 1 in 15.3 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.

Albuquerque, NM

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 561,375
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,369 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,365 (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 2015-17, and a small hike in property crime.

That left Albuquerque residents with a 1 in 13.6 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.

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.

4. Espanola

Espanola, NM

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Population: 10,121
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,934 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,752 (9th most dangerous)
More on Espanola:

Espanola is another city that represents its county as one of the most dangerous places in New Mexico.

Coming in at 4th on our list, Espanola mixes (relatively) middle of the pack violent crime and property crime without (relatively) excelling in either one.

We say relative because while its crime rates are middle of the pack for the top ten, they are still high for New Mexico as a whole.

Los Lunas, NM

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 15,527
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,191 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,075 (6th most dangerous)
More on Los Lunas:  Data | Photos

Los Lunas is the 5th most dangerous city in New Mexico.

From 2015-17, violent crime went up by 25%, leaving residents with about a 1 in 83 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017.

Farmington, NM

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 40,940
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,267 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,814 (8th most dangerous)
More on Farmington:  Data | Photos

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 7th most in New Mexico with a 1 in 78 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.

Socorro, NM

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 8,547
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 994 (9th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,972 (7th most dangerous)
More on Socorro:  Data | Photos

Located in central New Mexico in the Rio Grande Valley, Socorro earns a 7th place ranking overall.

Between 2015-17, violent crime rose by 14% and property crime by 20%, leaving Socorro residents with a 1 in 20.1 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.

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.

Taos, NM

Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 5,771
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 623 (15th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,889 (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 2015-17.

Still, the 1 in 160 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 11.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime, making Taos the 1st worst city in New Mexico with regards to theft and arson.

Clovis, NM

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 39,561
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 798 (11th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,136 (5th most dangerous)
More on Clovis:  Data | Photos

Located very close to the Texas border, Clovis is only slightly safer than ABQ in terms of its property crime.

Clovis experienced a 2,032 crimes in 2017. That means residents have a 1 in 19.5 chance of being robbed here.

Though it’s the least violent city on this list, Clovis had 316 violent crimes in 2017.

Review Of Clovis by HomeSnacks User

Sounds like a great way to save the taxpayers the cost of more prisons, just sentence them to live in Clovis.

Bernalillo, NM

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Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 9,355
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 844 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,553 (10th most dangerous)
More on Bernalillo:  Data | Photos

Bernalillo is the 10th most dangerous city in New Mexico.

Bernalillo is crime country, with residents facing a 1 in 22.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime each year.

The trend is neither negative nor positive in Bernalillo, as both violent and property crimes have remained stagnant over the last few years.

How Is Your Town In ?

How we determined the most dangerous cities in New Mexico for 2019?

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 29 cities in New Mexico.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 29 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.

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 2019.

We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Belen 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. Anthony (Pop. 9,296)
  2. Corrales (Pop. 8,625)
  3. Los Alamos (Pop. 18,204)

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 Belen 7,095 2,029 8,118
2 Gallup 22,815 1,542 6,543
3 Albuquerque 561,375 1,369 7,365
4 Espanola 10,121 2,934 4,752
5 Los Lunas 15,527 1,191 5,075
6 Farmington 40,940 1,267 4,814
7 Socorro 8,547 994 4,972
8 Taos 5,771 623 8,889
9 Clovis 39,561 798 5,136
10 Bernalillo 9,355 844 4,553

About Chris Kolmar

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6 thoughts on “10 Most Dangerous Cities In New Mexico

  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.

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