The Murder Capitals Of New Mexico For 2021


These are the places in New Mexico where people were killed most often, according to the latest FBI numbers.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our seventh time ranking the most places with the most murders per capita in New Mexico and is updated for 2021.

Do you live in one of the murder capitals of New Mexico?

We all watch the news with horror when we hear about a homicide that happens not that far away from us. While a murder just blocks or even a couple of towns away from your house would make anyone uneasy, in the long run, most likely, where you live is relatively safe.

So we wanted to get the facts straight and dug into the FBI crime data in order to identify the places with the most murders and the highest murder rates per capita in New Mexico.

The result is the Murder Capitals of the Land of Enchantment for 2021:

  1. Lovington (Photos)
  2. Roswell (Photos)
  3. Las Cruces (Photos)
  4. Ruidoso (Photos)
  5. Grants (Photos)
  6. Edgewood (Photos)
  7. Rio Rancho (Photos)
  8. Clovis (Photos)
  9. Bernalillo (Photos)
  10. Portales (Photos)

The city with highest murder rate in New Mexico? That would be Lovington with 26.5 murders per 100,000 people.

While the city with highest number of murders period? Las Cruces with 10.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were 'only' 12 cities in New Mexico where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 10 places had no murder.

For more reading on the Land of Enchantment check out:

The 10 Murder Capitals Of New Mexico For 2021

Lovington, NM

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,322
Rank Last Year: 24
Murders: 3 (3rd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 26.5 (Most)
More on Lovington:  Data | Photos

Roswell, NM

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 47,533
Rank Last Year: 9
Murders: 9 (2nd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 18.9 (4th Most)
More on Roswell:  Data | Photos

Las Cruces, NM

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 103,520
Rank Last Year: 15
Murders: 10 (Most)
Murders Per 100k: 9.7 (6th Most)
More on Las Cruces:  Data | Photos

Ruidoso, NM

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,826
Rank Last Year: 19
Murders: 2 (6th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 25.6 (2nd Most)
More on Ruidoso:  Data | Photos

Grants, NM

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 8,937
Rank Last Year: 26
Murders: 2 (6th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 22.4 (3rd Most)
More on Grants:  Data | Photos

Edgewood, NM

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,161
Rank Last Year: -
Murders: 1 (10th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 16.2 (5th Most)
More on Edgewood:  Data | Photos

Rio Rancho, NM

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 99,359
Rank Last Year: 25
Murders: 3 (3rd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 3.0 (12th Most)
More on Rio Rancho:  Data | Photos

Clovis, NM

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 38,734
Rank Last Year: -
Murders: 2 (6th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 5.2 (10th Most)
More on Clovis:  Data | Photos

Bernalillo, NM

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 10,353
Rank Last Year: 12
Murders: 1 (10th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 9.7 (7th Most)
More on Bernalillo:  Data | Photos

Portales, NM

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 11,675
Rank Last Year: 16
Murders: 1 (10th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 8.6 (8th Most)
More on Portales:  Data | Photos

How we calculated the murder capitals of New Mexico

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the most dangerous, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's last year of reporting. Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of murders that may happen in each city per year.

We only looked every single city in New Mexico for which FBI data was available for the most recent FBI Crime In The United States. That left us with 12 cities to rank.

Finally, we averaged the two scores into an index:

  • The raw number of murders in each city
  • The murders per person

We felt as if a small place with 2,500 people and two murders makes it a lot more dangerous than a city of 25,000 people with three murders. Any ties went to the larger city. You can download the data here.

We must note that this report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments. It simply states where murders occurred most frequently on an absolute and rate basis.

There You Have It - The Places With The Most Murders In New Mexico For 2021

If you're looking at the places in New Mexico with the most murders, and where residents have the highest chances of being killed themselves, this is an accurate list. Again, these statistics are an indication of where crimes occur, not a statement about the effectiveness of the law enforcement in the areas they serve.

For more new mexico reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Places With The Most Murder In New Mexico For 2021

Rank City Murders Murders/100K
1 Lovington, NM 3 26.5
2 Roswell, NM 9 18.93
3 Las Cruces, NM 10 9.66
4 Ruidoso, NM 2 25.56
5 Grants, NM 2 22.38
6 Edgewood, NM 1 16.23
7 Rio Rancho, NM 3 3.02
8 Clovis, NM 2 5.16
9 Bernalillo, NM 1 9.66
10 Portales, NM 1 8.57
11 Deming, NM 1 7.14
12 Gallup, NM 1 4.56

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