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


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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third time ranking the most liberal places to live in New Mexico.

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Now that we’re starting up the election swing to decide not only our next President, but many other local statewide initiatives, it’s important to put into context the types of decisions that will be made in the coming years.

Who makes the decisions? Not the people getting elected. It’s the voters.

Specifically, we wanted to know which cities have the highest number of liberal voters in the Land Of Enchantment?

In order to do so, we turned our sites on measuring how each city in New Mexico with populations greater than 5,000 voted and contributed to political campaigns in the past several years. The cities with the highest percentage of voters who voted Democrat and gave the most to liberals where named the most liberal cities in the state.

If you’re wondering, Hobbs is the most conservative city in New Mexico of all those we measured.

And to be clear, we didn’t form this list based on our own biases — we relied on the cold hard data. For more on how we ran the numbers, keep on reading. Then we’ll take a closer look at each of our top 10 most liberal cities in New Mexico.

And if you already knew these places were liberal, check out some more reading about New Mexico and the most lberal places in the country:

How we determined the most liberal cities in New Mexico for 2019

We started by making a list of every city in New Mexico over 5,000 people based on the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (The most recent data). That left us with 33 cities and towns.

We then measured the voting record and donation data to determine which places lean the most rightward in their allegiances by:

  1. Percentage Of Registered Democrats
  2. # Of Contributions To Democrats Per Capita
  3. $ Amount Contributed To Democrats Per Capita

Next, we ranked each city from 1 to 33 for each of the criteria where number one was the most liberal.

The winner, Santa Fe, is “The Most liberal City in New Mexico For 2019”.

Let’s go through these liberal places, shall we?

The 10 Most liberal Places In New Mexico For 2019

Santa Fe, NM

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Population: 82,980
Percent Democrat: 71.1%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $209.73
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 1.42
More on Santa Fe: PhotosData

Santa Fe is the capital of the state of New Mexico. It is the fourth-largest city in the state and the seat of Santa Fe County.

Taos, NM

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Population: 5,687
Percent Democrat: 69.9%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $143.14
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 1.45
More on Taos: PhotosData

Taos is a town in Taos County in the north-central region of New Mexico in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, incorporated in 1934. As of the 2010 census, its population was 5,716. Other nearby communities include Ranchos de Taos, Caon, Taos Canyon, Ranchitos, El Prado, and Arroyo Seco. The town is close to Taos Pueblo, the Native American village and tribe from which it takes its name.

Las Vegas, NM

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 13,445
Percent Democrat: 67.8%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $14.8
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.25
More on Las Vegas: PhotosData

Las Vegas is a city in and the county seat of San Miguel County, New Mexico, United States. Once two separate municipalities both named Las Vegas, west Las Vegas and east Las Vegas, separated by the Gallinas River, retain distinct characters and separate, rival school districts. The population was 14,565 at the 2000 census. Las Vegas, NM is located 110 miles south of Raton, New Mexico, 65 miles east of Santa Fe, New Mexico, 122 miles northeast of Albuquerque, New Mexico, 257 miles south of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and 326 miles south of Denver, Colorado.

Gallup, NM

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 22,063
Percent Democrat: 62.6%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $3.45
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.11
More on Gallup: PhotosData

Gallup is a city in McKinley County, New Mexico, United States, with a population of 21,678 as of the 2010 census. A substantial percentage of its population is Native American, with residents from the Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni tribes. Gallup is the county seat of McKinley County and the most populous city between Flagstaff and Albuquerque, along the historic U.S. Route 66.

Sunland Park, NM

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 16,051
Percent Democrat: 53.7%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $1.27
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.01
More on Sunland Park: PhotosData

Sunland Park is a city in southern Doa Ana County, New Mexico, United States, on the borders of Texas and the Mexican state of Chihuahua, with Ciudad Jurez adjoining it on the south and El Paso, Texas on the east. The community of Santa Teresa adjoins it on the northwest. The population of Sunland Park was 14,106 at the 2010 census and was estimated at 15,400 by the United States Census Bureau in 2014. Though it lies adjacent to El Paso, being in Doa Ana County makes it a part of the Las Cruces metropolitan statistical area. Las Cruces is 42 miles to the north.

Las Cruces, NM

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Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 101,014
Percent Democrat: 53.7%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $12.08
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.21
More on Las Cruces: PhotosData

Las Cruces, also known as “The City of the Crosses”, is the seat of Doa Ana County, New Mexico, United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 97,618, and in 2015 the estimated population was 101,643, making it the second largest city in the state, after Albuquerque. Las Cruces is the largest city in both Doa Ana County and southern New Mexico. The Las Cruces metropolitan area had an estimated population of 213,676 in 2014. It is the principal city of a metropolitan statistical area which encompasses all of Doa Ana County and is part of the larger El Paso-Las Cruces combined statistical area.

Anthony, NM

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Overall SnackAbility

3
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Population: 9,397
Percent Democrat: 53.7%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $5.01
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.02
More on Anthony: PhotosData

Albuquerque, NM

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 556,718
Percent Democrat: 52.2%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $14.69
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.16
More on Albuquerque: PhotosData

Albuquerque AL-b-kur-kee; Navajo: Beeeldl Dahsinil ) is the most populous city in the U.S. state of New Mexico. The high-elevation city serves as the county seat of Bernalillo County, and it is situated in the north central part of the state, straddling the Rio Grande. The city population is 559,277 as of the July 1, 2016 population estimate from the United States Census Bureau, and ranks as the 32nd-largest city in the U.S. The Albuquerque metropolitan statistical area has a population of 909,906 according to the United States Census Bureau’s most recently available estimate for 2016. Albuquerque is the 60th-largest United States metropolitan area. The Albuquerque MSA population includes the city of Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Placitas, Corrales, Los Lunas, Belen, Bosque Farms, and forms part of the larger Albuquerque-Santa Fe-Las Vegas combined statistical area, with a total population of 1,171,991 as of the July 1, 2016, Census Bureau estimates.

Los Ranchos De Albuquerque, NM

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
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Population: 6,097
Percent Democrat: 52.2%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $218.52
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 2.04
More on Los Ranchos De Albuquerque: PhotosData

Silver City, NM

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,882
Percent Democrat: 49.0%
$ Democrat Amount Per Capita: $25.79
# Democrat Contributions Per Capita: 0.4
More on Silver City: PhotosData

Silver City is a town in Grant County, New Mexico, United States. It is the county seat and the home of Western New Mexico University. As of the 2010 census the population was 10,315. In 2015 the population was estimated to be 10,004.

Summing Up The Liberal Snowflakes in New Mexico

Well there you have it, the places in New Mexico that have the highest number of liberals per capita, with Santa Fe ranking as the least conservative in the entire state.

If you’re curious, here are the least liberal cities in New Mexico:

  1. Hobbs
  2. Lovington
  3. Clovis

For more New Mexico reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Liberal Places In New Mexico

Rank City Population % Liberal
1 Santa Fe, NM 82,980 71.1%
2 Taos, NM 5,687 69.9%
3 Las Vegas, NM 13,445 67.8%
4 Gallup, NM 22,063 62.6%
5 Sunland Park, NM 16,051 53.7%
6 Las Cruces, NM 101,014 53.7%
7 Anthony, NM 9,397 53.7%
8 Albuquerque, NM 556,718 52.2%
9 Los Ranchos De Albuquerque, NM 6,097 52.2%
10 Silver City, NM 9,882 49.0%
11 Socorro, NM 8,608 48.2%
12 Grants, NM 9,094 46.4%
13 Bernalillo, NM 8,991 44.9%
14 Corrales, NM 8,463 44.9%
15 Rio Rancho, NM 93,317 44.9%
16 Deming, NM 14,339 43.8%
17 Raton, NM 6,249 39.9%
18 Belen, NM 7,125 39.3%
19 Los Lunas, NM 15,258 39.3%
20 Truth Or Consequences, NM 6,029 31.1%
21 Alamogordo, NM 30,963 30.5%
22 Tucumcari, NM 5,004 28.5%
23 Bloomfield, NM 8,039 27.9%
24 Aztec, NM 6,635 27.9%
25 Farmington, NM 45,857 27.9%
26 Roswell, NM 48,163 27.3%
27 Ruidoso, NM 7,740 26.2%
28 Carlsbad, NM 28,393 25.6%
29 Artesia, NM 11,842 25.6%
30 Portales, NM 12,123 24.4%
31 Clovis, NM 39,255 23.3%
32 Lovington, NM 11,558 22.2%
33 Hobbs, NM 37,427 22.2%

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