These Are The 10 Murder Capitals Of New Mexico For 2019

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

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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 10 Murder Capitals of the Land Of Enchantment for 2019:

  1. Clovis (Photos)
  2. Albuquerque (Photos)
  3. Espanola
  4. Carlsbad (Photos)
  5. Artesia (Photos)
  6. Roswell (Photos)
  7. Deming (Photos)
  8. Taos (Photos)
  9. Farmington (Photos)
  10. Santa Fe (Photos)

The city with highest murder rate in New Mexico? That would be Espanola with 19.8 murders per 100,000 people.

While the city with highest number of murders period? Albuquerque with 70.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were ‘only’ 14 cities in New Mexico where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 15 places had no murder.

If you’re curious, here are the places in New Mexico which had the least murder chances for its residents, based on population: Rio Rancho, Gallup, Grants, Hobbs, Santa Fe.

For more reading on the Land Of Enchantment check out:

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 14 cities to rank.

Finally, averaged two scores:

  • 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 one murder.
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.

Clovis, NM

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Population: 39,561
Rank Last Year: 10
Murders: 6 (2nd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 15.2 (4th Most)
More on Clovis:  Data | Photos

Clovis is the county seat of Curry County, New Mexico, United States, with a population of 37,775 as of the 2010 census, and a 2014 estimated population of 39,860. Clovis is located in the New Mexico portion of the Llano Estacado, in the eastern part of the state.

Albuquerque, NM

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Population: 561,375
Rank Last Year: 5
Murders: 70 (1st Most)
Murders Per 100k: 12.5 (7th Most)
More on Albuquerque:  Data | Photos

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.

3. Espanola

Espanola, NM

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Population: 10,121
Rank Last Year: 4
Murders: 2 (8th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 19.8 (1st Most)
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Carlsbad, NM

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Population: 29,397
Rank Last Year: 17
Murders: 4 (4th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 13.6 (6th Most)
More on Carlsbad:  Data | Photos

Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 26,138. Carlsbad is centered at the intersection of U.S. Routes 62/180 and 285, and is the principal city of the Carlsbad-Artesia Micropolitan Statistical Area, which has a total population of 55,435. Located in the southeastern part of New Mexico, Carlsbad straddles the Pecos River and sits at the eastern edge of the Guadalupe Mountains.

Artesia, NM

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Population: 12,388
Rank Last Year: 8
Murders: 2 (8th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 16.1 (3rd Most)
More on Artesia:  Data | Photos

Artesia is a city in Eddy County, New Mexico, United States, centered at the intersection of U.S. Route 82 and U.S. Route 285; the two highways serve as the city’s Main Street and First Street, respectively. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 11,301.

Roswell, NM

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Population: 48,134
Rank Last Year: 13
Murders: 5 (3rd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 10.4 (9th Most)
More on Roswell:  Data | Photos

Roswell is a city in New Mexico. It is the county seat of Chaves County in the southeastern quarter of the state of New Mexico, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 48,411, making it the fifth-largest city in New Mexico. It is a center for irrigated farming, dairying, ranching, manufacturing, distribution, and petroleum production. It is also the home of New Mexico Military Institute, founded in 1891. Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge is located a few miles northeast of the city on the Pecos River. Bottomless Lakes State Park is located 12 miles east of Roswell on US 380.

Deming, NM

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Population: 14,428
Rank Last Year: 14
Murders: 2 (8th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 13.9 (5th Most)
More on Deming:  Data | Photos

Deming is a city in Luna County, New Mexico, United States, located 60 miles west of Las Cruces and thirty-three miles north of the Mexican border. The population was 14,855 according to the 2010 census. Deming is the county seat and principal community of Luna County.

Taos, NM

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Population: 5,771
Rank Last Year: 3
Murders: 1 (12th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 17.3 (2nd Most)
More on Taos:  Data | Photos

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.

Farmington, NM

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Population: 40,940
Rank Last Year: 11
Murders: 3 (6th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 7.3 (10th Most)
More on Farmington:  Data | Photos

Farmington is a city in San Juan County in the US state of New Mexico. As of the 2013 population estimate from the United States Census Bureau the city had a total population of 45,426 people. Farmington makes up one of the four Metropolitan Statistical Areas in New Mexico. The U.S. Census Bureau’s population estimate in 2011 for Farmington was about 45,256.

Santa Fe, NM

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Population: 84,358
Rank Last Year: 20
Murders: 4 (4th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 4.7 (12th Most)
More on Santa Fe:  Data | Photos

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.

There You Have It – The Places With The Most Murders In New Mexico For 2019

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.

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Detailed List Of The Places With The Most Murder In New Mexico For 2019

Rank City Murders Murders/100K
1 Clovis, NM 6 15.17
2 Albuquerque, NM 70 12.47
3 Espanola, NM 2 19.76
4 Carlsbad, NM 4 13.61
5 Artesia, NM 2 16.14
6 Roswell, NM 5 10.39
7 Deming, NM 2 13.86
8 Taos, NM 1 17.33
9 Farmington, NM 3 7.33
10 Santa Fe, NM 4 4.74
11 Hobbs, NM 2 5.15
12 Grants, NM 1 10.74
13 Gallup, NM 1 4.38
14 Rio Rancho, NM 1 1.03

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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