In New Mexico it’s a given that you have to watch out for flying saucers and aliens in Roswell and temperatures that could fry an egg on a sidewalk, but did you know that you also have to watch out for the state’s most dangerous places?
That’s right. There really are dangerous places in New Mexico. Some might say it’s because there are a lot of illegals, some might say the state needs to offer better jobs with competitive salaries, and some might say that it’s just people being people; any way you look at it, the numbers don’t lie. And lucky for you, RoadSnacks is here to tell you the top ten most dangerous places in The Land of Enchantment for 2020.
How’d we determine the most dangerous places in New Mexico? We consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 28 cities. We looked at the FBI’s latest crime report for violent crime and property crime statistics for every place with over 5,000 residents.
We discovered a couple of things. One, the residents of New Mexico should not be too shocked by this considering they are the number two most dangerous state in the country. Two, the state’s violent crime and property crime numbers have left the national average in the dust.in a bad way, And three, you should probably take a look at our list before you make in life changing decisions.
Have we piqued your interest? Want to know more about our methodology and where the most dangerous places in New Mexico are located? Keep reading.
Yes, the state has 146 law enforcement agencies employing close to 5,000 police officers, but they just can’t be everywhere. So, bigger cities like Albuquerque and Santa Fe are starting to feel the effects; but, the place that’s getting hit the worst is New Mexico’s most dangerous place, Gallup.
The New Mexico places on our most dangerous list could definitely use a hug. If you’re looking to be that diamond in the ruff, or you’re just curious to see if your city made the list, take a look at our list below. And if you don’t see your city there, head to the bottom.
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Located in the northwestern part of the state, Gallup was named the Most Patriotic Small Town in America in 2018.
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 2017-2018, which left Gallup’s residents with a 1 in 65 chance of being the victim of violence, and a 1 in 14.5 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2018.
Belen is the most violent city, with residents facing a 1 in 43 chance of being the victim of violence in 2018.
Progress has been made in recent years, however, reflected by a 12% drop in violent crime, and an 11% drop in property crime between 2017-2018.
The most populated city in New Mexico, Albuquerque ranked 3rd overall in crime.
ABQ experienced a minor increase in violent crime between 2017-2018, and a small hike in property crime.
That left Albuquerque residents with a 1 in 16.2 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2018.
Located in the southwestern part of the state (just 33 miles north of the Mexican border), Deming is the 4th most dangerous city in New Mexico.
From 2017-2018, violent crime went up by 25%, leaving residents with about a 1 in 99 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2018.
Los Lunas is another city that represents its county as one of the most dangerous places in New Mexico.
Coming in at 5th on our list, Los Lunas 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.
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 2017-2018.
Still, the 1 in 195 chance Taos residents faced of being the victim of violence in 2018 is still lower than other places in the state.
Meanwhile, you have a 1 in 13.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime, making Taos the worst city in New Mexico with regards to theft and arson.
The commercial hub of northwestern New Mexico and the surrounding four corners region, Farmington ranks as the 7th most dangerous city in New Mexico .
Farmington’s 2018 violent crime statistics ranked as the 5th most in New Mexico with a 1 in 76 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.
Located in central New Mexico in the Rio Grande Valley, Socorro earns a 8th place ranking overall.
Between 2017-2018, violent crime rose by 14% and property crime by 20%, leaving Socorro residents with a 1 in 20.2 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2018.
Roswell is home to the 9th most dangerous population in New Mexico.
Violent crime has been decreasing of late, but the 1 in 23.7 chance of being the victim of a property crime has been fairly consistent.
Hobbs, New Mexico has had its population spike by around 20% over the last decade.
Unfortunately, that’s not the only thing that’s been going up in Hobbs — property crime went up by to 1,579 between 2017-2018, and violent crime skyrocketed to 251 occurrences.
That left Hobbs’ residents with a 1 in 152 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2018.
How we determined the most dangerous cities in New Mexico for 2020?
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 2018 data, specifically the 2018 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2020.
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 New Mexico cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 28 cities in New Mexico.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 28 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 — Gallup. Any ties went to the smaller city. You can download the data here.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in New Mexico.
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The latest FBI crime data shows that Gallup ranks as the most dangerous city in New Mexico for 2020.
We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Gallup 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:
- Rio Rancho (Pop. 97,394)
- Los Alamos (Pop. 18,883)
- Corrales (Pop. 8,577)
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