The 10 Cities In New Mexico With The Highest Divorce Rates For 2021


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our third time ranking the cities in New Mexico with the highest divorce rates.

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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.

Far.

Away.

But, don't just take my word for it, take the word of the some 100,437 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 2021.

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.

The 10 Cities In New Mexico With The Highest Divorce Rates

  1. Belen (Photos)
  2. Las Vegas (Photos)
  3. Raton (Photos)
  4. Grants (Photos)
  5. Bernalillo (Photos)
  6. Truth or Consequences (Photos)
  7. Silver City (Photos)
  8. Deming (Photos)
  9. Taos (Photos)
  10. Los Lunas (Photos)

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 Belen, with 16.0% 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 2015-2019 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:

Belen, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 7,403
Divorce Rate: 16.0%
Divorcees: 947
Median Income: $36,601
More on Belen:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Las Vegas, NM

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 13,176
Divorce Rate: 12.0%
Divorcees: 1,264
Median Income: $26,561
More on Las Vegas:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Raton, NM

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,047
Divorce Rate: 10.0%
Divorcees: 483
Median Income: $31,034
More on Raton:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Grants, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 9,036
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 650
Median Income: $41,475
More on Grants:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Bernalillo, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 9,669
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 696
Median Income: $44,978
More on Bernalillo:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Truth Or Consequences, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,894
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 424
Median Income: $23,988
More on Truth Or Consequences:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Silver City, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,627
Divorce Rate: 9.0%
Divorcees: 693
Median Income: $31,620
More on Silver City:  Cost Of Living

Deming, NM

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 14,139
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 904
Median Income: $27,079
More on Deming:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Taos, NM

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,967
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 381
Median Income: $29,300
More on Taos:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Los Lunas, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 15,589
Divorce Rate: 8.0%
Divorcees: 997
Median Income: $56,250
More on Los Lunas:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

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 2015-2019 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, Belen.

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

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 Belen, NM 16.0%
2 Las Vegas, NM 12.0%
3 Raton, NM 10.0%
4 Grants, NM 9.0%
5 Bernalillo, NM 9.0%
6 Truth Or Consequences, NM 9.0%
7 Silver City, NM 9.0%
8 Deming, NM 8.0%
9 Taos, NM 8.0%
10 Los Lunas, NM 8.0%
11 Bloomfield, NM 7.0%
12 Carlsbad, NM 7.0%
13 Los Ranchos De Albuquerque, NM 7.0%
14 Roswell, NM 7.0%
15 Santa Fe, NM 7.0%
16 Clovis, NM 6.0%
17 Gallup, NM 6.0%
18 Rio Rancho, NM 6.0%
19 Albuquerque, NM 6.0%
20 Corrales, NM 6.0%
21 Ruidoso, NM 5.0%
22 Socorro, NM 5.0%
23 Alamogordo, NM 5.0%
24 Las Cruces, NM 5.0%
25 Farmington, NM 5.0%
26 Artesia, NM 5.0%
27 Portales, NM 5.0%
28 Lovington, NM 4.0%
29 Aztec, NM 4.0%
30 Hobbs, NM 4.0%
31 Edgewood, NM 3.0%
32 Sunland Park, NM 1.0%
33 Anthony, 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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