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 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.
For more New Mexico reading, check out:
- 10 Best Places To Live In New Mexico
- These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In New Mexico
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In New Mexico
Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In New Mexico
The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In New Mexico For 2019
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Anthony (Pop. 9,296)
- Corrales (Pop. 8,625)
- Los Alamos (Pop. 18,204)
For more New Mexico reading, check out: