These Are The 10 Trashiest Cities In New Mexico


These are the places in New Mexico with the most drug-addicted, violent, welfare receiving populations.

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Do you know anyone whom you’d refer to as Trashy? Most likely. Either there’s someone at your job, in your neighborhood, or in your family that you’d throw that label on.

Essentially, Trashy is everywhere.

While calling someone Trashy might be a mean-spirited way of ridiculing or poking fun at a particular demographic, it can also serve as a way to express disdain about the way someone lives their life. It isn’t as derogatory as using other racial slurs, and in fact, the term has a bit of humor associated with it, making it the focus of pop culture.

Take for instance Jerry Springer, Honey Boo Boo, Kid Rock, Eminem, Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite and even Cousin Eddie in National Lampoon movies.

According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, trashy is defined as:

“A term used broadly to define a person or group of persons whom embody the concepts of ignorance, racism, violence, alcoholism, poverty, and anglo-saxon ancestry. Similarly used with the term ‘cracker,’ ‘hillbilly’ or ‘redneck’.”

So, using some data crunching, we should be able to measure where the most Trashy communities in the state of New Mexico are actually located.

After pouring over data, watching too many fist fights and perusing illiterate Facebook comments, we’ve determined these are the most Trashy cities in New Mexico:

  1. Belen (Photos)
  2. Socorro (Photos)
  3. Deming (Photos)
  4. Sunland Park (Photos)
  5. Artesia (Photos)
  6. Roswell (Photos)
  7. Hobbs (Photos)
  8. Las Vegas (Photos)
  9. Taos (Photos)
  10. Las Cruces (Photos)

Time to take some meth and stay up all night with us as we go through the cities one by one.

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How we determined the most trashy cities in New Mexico?

Using publicly available government data, as well as Google Maps, we were able to collect the data on the following trashy metrics:

  • Cities where there are lots of white people
  • Cities where residents are poorer than average
  • Cities where a high number of residents are high school dropouts
  • Cities with a high number of single parents
  • High drug use
  • Higher than average Payday Loan Outlets
  • Violent cities (measured in aggravated assaults)
  • Cities with a high number of residents on welfare

We used the government Census for most of the data. For drug use and violence, we used FBI data, and for Cash Advance Outlets, we used Google Maps.

Simple, right?
We limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 5,000 people.
Then, we ranked each place from 1 to 25 for each of the trashy criteria.

Next, then averaged all the ranks to create a “trashy index”.

In the end, Belen ended up being the the most trashy city in the Land Of Enchantment.

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1. Belen

Belen, New Mexico

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,209
% White: 78.39%
% Single Moms: 14.78%

2. Socorro

Socorro, New Mexico

Population: 8,843
% White: 85.1%
% Single Moms: 13.8%

3. Deming

Deming, New Mexico

Population: 14,667
% White: 86.9%
% Single Moms: 10.76%

4. Sunland Park

Sunland Park, New Mexico

Source: Public domain

Population: 15,142
% White: 94.1%
% Single Moms: 19.81%

5. Artesia

Artesia, New Mexico

Source: Public domain

Population: 11,641
% White: 86.48%
% Single Moms: 12.28%

6. Roswell

Roswell, New Mexico

Population: 48,553
% White: 77.39%
% Single Moms: 14.17%

7. Hobbs

Hobbs, New Mexico

Source: Public domain

Population: 36,191
% White: 86.16%
% Single Moms: 11.5%

8. Las Vegas

Las Vegas, New Mexico

Population: 13,713
% White: 60.55%
% Single Moms: 11.93%

9. Taos

Taos, New Mexico

Population: 5,711
% White: 77.03%
% Single Moms: 9.5%

10. Las Cruces

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Source: Public domain

Population: 101,164
% White: 87.23%
% Single Moms: 10.8%

There You Have It

According to the official dictionary definition of Trashy, and based on stereotypes that the internet says are true, using science to determine the most Trashy cities in a state can’t be too far off.

If you’re analyzing cities in New Mexico with lots of angry welfare recipients, single mothers and where people have lots of options for payday cash loans, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least trashy places in New Mexico:

  1. Corrales
  2. Rio Rancho
  3. Ruidoso

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Detailed List Of The Most Trashy Cities In New Mexico

Rank City Population % White % Single Mom % Poor
1 Belen 7,209 78.39% 14.78% 35.5%
2 Socorro 8,843 85.1% 13.8% 26.16%
3 Deming 14,667 86.9% 10.76% 31.13%
4 Sunland Park 15,142 94.1% 19.81% 31.59%
5 Artesia 11,641 86.48% 12.28% 9.73%
6 Roswell 48,553 77.39% 14.17% 19.42%
7 Hobbs 36,191 86.16% 11.5% 13.42%
8 Las Vegas 13,713 60.55% 11.93% 35.79%
9 Taos 5,711 77.03% 9.5% 20.68%
10 Las Cruces 101,164 87.23% 10.8% 24.83%
11 Truth Or Consequences 6,266 91.56% 7.2% 29.98%
12 Clovis 39,466 67.35% 11.37% 19.09%
13 Albuquerque 556,092 71.78% 9.91% 18.47%
14 Carlsbad 27,592 90.21% 9.07% 14.25%
15 Lovington 11,499 82.71% 11.11% 16.43%
16 Los Lunas 15,281 80.48% 9.47% 15.22%
17 Aztec 6,501 81.37% 10.43% 15.91%
18 Portales 12,416 71.28% 8.05% 27.03%
19 Santa Fe 83,008 83.63% 8.0% 17.09%
20 Raton 6,493 85.05% 7.52% 23.02%
21 Farmington 44,865 64.32% 11.15% 16.0%
22 Alamogordo 31,198 76.06% 9.74% 18.14%
23 Ruidoso 7,884 82.89% 4.58% 14.41%
24 Rio Rancho 91,807 79.91% 8.39% 10.99%
25 Corrales 8,455 85.96% 5.24% 8.51%

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