Cities In New Mexico With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2020

We analyzed over 33 places in New Mexico to identify the ones that have the highest rates of divorce.

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If you’re married, the thought of divorce has probably popped into your mind at least once.

Come on, admit it.

And if you’re not married, let me tell you that there’s gonna be a point at 2 a.m. when you have a crying baby and haven’t slept in two months that it’s gonna run through your head to run.



But, don’t just take my word for it, take the word of the some 100,436 people living in New Mexico over fifteen years of age who are divorced. Or compare that to the 28,339,199 dAmericans who are already divorced in 2020.

A lot of people make the decision to run away – or simply split up – across the Land of Enchantment.

Isn’t the divorce rate in America close to 50%? Yes indeed. But that’s not quite what we’re measuring; we are looking at counts and percentages of people over 15 years old who are currently divorced.

You typically calculate that 50% statistic as percent of marriages.

But we are just going to focus on the actual number of divorced people today — what better way to measure marital misery than the straight count of people in New Mexico it affects?

So now that we have you biting your nails, rethinking your world view, and pulling out your hair, let’s take a look at the places in New Mexico with highest rates of divorcees.

Let’s quickly recap before we dive into the methodology and a closer look at the top ten places in NM.

What is the city in New Mexico with the highest divorce rate? That would be Las Vegas, with 12.0% of people over 15 years of age being divorced, per the most recent census data.

What is the overall New Mexico divorce rate? According to the 2014-2018 Community Survey, the overall divorce rate in New Mexico is 6.0%, which compares to the US divorce rate of 10.9%.

Alrighty, on to how we calculated the places with the highest divorce rates in New Mexico.

For more New Mexico reading, check out:

How We Determined The Places In New Mexico That Get Un-Hitched The Most

Since that this is the 58th category of rankings we are compiling for the site, we had a pretty good idea where to find data on marriage and divorce in America — the U.S. Census Bureau. Because who likes tracking misery more than the U.S. government?

Specifically, we looked at the 2014-2018 American Community Survey specifically table S1201 — Marital Status.

Pretty straight forward on that front — we just had to extract the following column of data:

  • Population 15 Years and Over -> Divorced

There’s some kinda interesting/fun/sad data in there like .1% of female Americans aged 15-19 are divorced, but 0% of males (That’s probably a rounding issue, but still).

But the national data is for another day, today the analysis focuses on the 33 places in New Mexico with a population of over 5,000.

We ranked each of these places by the percentage of divorcees over 15 years of age from highest to lowest. We crowned the divorce capital of New Mexico the place with the highest incidence of divorcees, Las Vegas.

And if you’re trying to avoid divorce, check out Sunland Park, the city with the lowest divorce rate in New Mexico.

Now on to a deeper look at the top ten.

Las Vegas, NM

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Population: 13,341
Divorce Rate: 12.0%
Divorcees: 1,280
Median Income: $27,790
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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.

Belen, NM

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Population: 7,106
Divorce Rate: 12.0%
Divorcees: 682
Median Income: $33,553
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Belen is the second most populous city in Valencia County, New Mexico, United States, after its county seat Los Lunas. The population was 7,152 in 2015 census data.

Raton, NM

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Population: 6,145
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Divorcees: 540
Median Income: $28,608
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Raton is a city and the county seat of Colfax County in northeastern New Mexico. The city is located just south of Raton Pass.

Taos, NM

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Population: 6,021
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 433
Median Income: $30,893
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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.

Grants, NM

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Population: 9,063
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 652
Median Income: $35,142
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Grants is a city in Cibola County, New Mexico, United States. It is located about 78 miles west of Albuquerque. The population was 9,182 at the 2010 Census. It is the county seat of Cibola County.

Truth Or Consequences, NM

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Population: 5,968
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 429
Median Income: $27,511
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Truth or Consequences is a city and county seat in Sierra County, New Mexico, United States. In 2012, the population was 6,411. It is commonly known within New Mexico as T or C. It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.

Silver City, NM

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Population: 9,783
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 704
Median Income: $34,431
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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.

Bernalillo, NM

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Population: 9,315
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 596
Median Income: $42,396
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Bernalillo is a town in Sandoval County, New Mexico, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the town population was 8,320. It is the county seat of Sandoval County.

Los Lunas, NM

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Population: 15,428
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 987
Median Income: $54,409
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Los Lunas is a village in Valencia County, New Mexico, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the village population is 14,835 inside the village limits due to the new housing developments at El Cerro de Los Lunas. It is the county seat of Valencia County.

Los Ranchos De Albuquerque, NM

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Population: 6,131
Divorce Rate: 7.0%
Divorcees: 343
Median Income: $62,214
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Getting Some Closure In New Mexico After Untying The Know

Besides just coming up with what we thought would be a great new blog/book title, “Untying the Knot In New Mexico: Life After Divorce”, we now have a sense of what places in the Land of Enchantment don’t pay much attention to the whole “’til death do we part” phrase.

Try to keep in mind that the reason cities rank where they do in New Mexico could be because of the age, education, and income distribution, as all of those things impact the rate of divorce.

And, in all honestly, that’s probably for the best. It’s much better to get out of a toxic relationship than stay it.

Just make sure you have your running shoes ready to go.

For more New Mexico reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Cities With The Highest Divorce Rates In new mexico

Rank City Divorce Rate
1 Las Vegas, NM 12.0%
2 Belen, NM 12.0%
3 Raton, NM 11.0%
4 Taos, NM 9.0%
5 Grants, NM 9.0%
6 Truth Or Consequences, NM 9.0%
7 Silver City, NM 9.0%
8 Bernalillo, NM 8.0%
9 Los Lunas, NM 8.0%
10 Los Ranchos De Albuquerque, NM 7.0%
11 Deming, NM 7.0%
12 Roswell, NM 7.0%
13 Corrales, NM 7.0%
14 Bloomfield, NM 6.0%
15 Carlsbad, NM 6.0%
16 Clovis, NM 6.0%
17 Gallup, NM 6.0%
18 Rio Rancho, NM 6.0%
19 Albuquerque, NM 6.0%
20 Santa Fe, NM 6.0%
21 Ruidoso, NM 5.0%
22 Socorro, NM 5.0%
23 Alamogordo, NM 5.0%
24 Lovington, NM 5.0%
25 Las Cruces, NM 5.0%
26 Aztec, NM 5.0%
27 Artesia, NM 5.0%
28 Farmington, NM 4.0%
29 Portales, NM 4.0%
30 Hobbs, NM 4.0%
31 Edgewood, NM 3.0%
32 Anthony, NM 1.0%
33 Sunland Park, NM 0.0%

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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