These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In New Mexico For 2019


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

The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Land of Enchantment 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)

After analyzing 29 cities in New Mexico, 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.

For more New Mexico reading, check out:

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In New Mexico

Most Dangerous Cities In New Mexico Graph

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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.

Belen, NM

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

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 placed 1st on our list due, in part, to a 1 in 12.3 chance of being the victim of a property crime.

Gallup, NM

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

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

6
/10

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.

4. Espanola

Espanola, NM

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

/10

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 has seen recent crime trend upwards. Violent crime has increased in 2015-17, with most recent numbers showing an high 1 in 34 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.

Property crime is also high at 1 in 21.0 chance of being a victim.

Los Lunas, NM

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

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, located in Valencia County, is the 5th most dangerous and 8th most violent city in New Mexico.

Violent crime has remained high from 2015-17, during which time property crime fell by only small amounts.

Farmington, NM

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

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

6
/10

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.

Taos, NM

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

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

6
/10

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.

Bernalillo, NM

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

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 least populated city on this list, as well as the least violent.

Residents of Bernalillo faced a 1 in 22.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2017.

Bernalillo has been improving a lot lately too, with reductions in both violent and property crime between 2015-17.

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:

Detailed List Of 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
11 Artesia 12,388 1,283 3,398
12 Hobbs 38,871 645 4,280
13 Roswell 48,134 635 4,138
14 Bloomfield 6,932 1,283 2,481
15 Deming 14,428 575 4,130
16 Carlsbad 29,397 476 4,116
17 Las Vegas 13,160 752 2,537
18 Aztec 5,836 565 3,272
19 Santa Fe 84,358 342 3,767
20 Alamogordo 31,386 360 3,141
21 Portales 11,928 201 3,705
22 Raton 5,983 133 3,911
23 Ruidoso 7,729 336 2,859
24 Grants 9,313 418 1,696
25 Truth or Consequences 5,949 336 2,739
26 Rio Rancho 97,444 171 2,042
27 Anthony 9,296 225 860
28 Corrales 8,625 57 892
29 Los Alamos 18,204 164 510

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2 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In New Mexico For 2019

  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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