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:
- Belen (Photos)
- Gallup (Photos)
- Taos (Photos)
- Albuquerque (Photos)
- Los Lunas (Photos)
- Socorro (Photos)
- Artesia (Photos)
- Bernalillo (Photos)
- 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.
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.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in New Mexico.
Population: 7,127Rank 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.
Population: 23,528Rank 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.
Population: 5,746Rank 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.
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.
Population: 561,560Rank 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
Population: 15,398Rank 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.
Population: 8,665Rank 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.
Population: 12,180Rank 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.
Population: 8,946Rank 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.
Population: 39,725Rank 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:
- Sunland Park
- Los Alamos
For more New Mexico reading , check out:
Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In New Mexico
|Truth Or Consequences||22||16||6,000|