These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In New Mexico For 2019


Using science and data, we can tell you which teeny specks in New Mexico are the pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for . This is our fourth time ranking the worst small places to live in New Mexico.

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Most Americans have never been to New Mexico. However, as the people who live there know, New Mexico is an awesome state.

But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, New Mexico has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Land Of Enchantment. Don’t shoot the messenger, this is all using data.

After analyzing more than 74 of New Mexico’s smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in New Mexico where you’d never want to live:

These are the worst small towns in New Mexico for 2019:

  1. Thoreau
  2. Twin Lakes
  3. Mescalero
  4. Meadow Lake
  5. Hatch
  6. Navajo
  7. Keeler Farm
  8. Berino
  9. Estancia
  10. Black Rock

So what is the worst small town to call home in New Mexico for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Thoreau is the worst small town to live in New Mexico.

Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since New Mexico has its stuff figured out.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.

And if you already know about the small towns, check out the best places to live in New Mexico or the worst places to live in New Mexico.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the worst states in America.

How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?

In order to rank the worst small towns to live in New Mexico, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we determined the worst small towns to live in New Mexico for 2019

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the Census’s 2013-2017 American Community Survey, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (The lower the worse)
  • Highest Unemployment Rates
  • Low housing costs (meaning there’s no demand)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
  • Education (Number of high school dropouts)
  • High Crime

We looked at cities with populations between 1,000 and 5,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 74 to be exact.

Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.

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Population: 1,356
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $53,600 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 22.5% (6th worst)
More on Thoreau:  Data

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Population: 1,035
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $45,500 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 18.0% (14th worst)
More on Twin Lakes:  Data

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Population: 1,351
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $37,100 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 21.9% (7th worst)
More on Mescalero:  Data

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Population: 4,257
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $64,500 (11th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 14.5% (22nd worst)
More on Meadow Lake:  Data

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Population: 1,637
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $73,100 (17th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 20.4% (9th worst)
More on Hatch:  Data

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Population: 1,676
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $46,500 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 17.4% (17th worst)
More on Navajo:  Data

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Population: 1,760
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $66,100 (12th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.5% (46th worst)
More on Keeler Farm:  Data

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Population: 1,590
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $63,000 (10th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.7% (26th worst)
More on Berino:  Data

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Population: 1,657
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $122,600 (43rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 31.1% (2nd worst)
More on Estancia:  Data

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Population: 1,626
Rank Last Year: 10 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $61,600 (9th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 24.6% (4th worst)
More on Black Rock:  Data

There You Have It – The Worst Small Towns In New Mexico

If you’re analyzing teeny places in the Land Of Enchantment with the worst economic situations, where there’s high crime and there’s not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in New Mexico, according to science:

  1. La Huerta (Pop. 1,359)
  2. Sandia Knolls (Pop. 1,414)
  3. Sandia Heights (Pop. 3,337)

For more New Mexico reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In New Mexico

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Thoreau 1,356 22.5% $53,600
2 Twin Lakes 1,035 18.0% $45,500
3 Mescalero 1,351 21.9% $37,100
4 Meadow Lake 4,257 14.5% $64,500
5 Hatch 1,637 20.4% $73,100
6 Navajo 1,676 17.4% $46,500
7 Keeler Farm 1,760 7.5% $66,100
8 Berino 1,590 12.7% $63,000
9 Estancia 1,657 31.1% $122,600
10 Black Rock 1,626 24.6% $61,600
11 Crownpoint 2,445 20.8% $57,300
12 Laguna 1,410 26.1% $72,600
13 Lordsburg 2,689 10.6% $73,400
14 Vado 1,951 7.4% $102,300
15 Dulce 2,705 19.3% $107,200
16 El Cerro Mission 4,684 6.8% $74,000
17 Milan 3,644 13.1% $91,100
18 La Luz 1,455 7.1% $74,600
19 Fort Sumner 1,181 10.0% $36,500
20 Indian Hills 1,015 13.6% $153,000
21 San Miguel 1,094 17.8% $94,700
22 Santa Clara 1,742 13.7% $73,000
23 Ruidoso Downs 2,607 7.5% $124,500
24 Texico 1,284 0.7% $75,700
25 Midway 1,212 5.6% $75,500
26 Moriarty 2,276 5.1% $100,400
27 Valencia 1,763 12.0% $138,100
28 Ohkay Owingeh 1,480 16.8% $2,000,000
29 Radium Springs 1,504 0.0% $93,400
30 Mountainair 1,128 0.6% $71,500
31 Clayton 2,987 2.7% $76,100
32 Chimayo 2,680 9.5% $157,200
33 La Puebla 1,010 1.9% $160,400
34 Sausal 1,667 17.7% $141,000
35 Dexter 1,159 0.0% $80,500
36 Questa 2,266 11.1% $114,900
37 Jal 2,071 5.4% $71,900
38 Loving 1,331 5.6% $104,500
39 Bayard 2,571 22.5% $84,900
40 Pecos 1,545 9.8% $175,900
41 Jemez Pueblo 2,022 6.4% $105,700
42 Eunice 3,065 6.7% $90,900
43 Agua Fria 2,969 3.8% $192,300
44 San Pablo 1,230 8.8% $233,700
45 Pojoaque 2,035 9.6% $155,900
46 Jarales 2,054 16.4% $154,200
47 Chama 1,068 0.0% $141,400
48 Santa Rosa 3,135 1.9% $86,400
49 West Hammond 2,742 10.2% $147,900
50 Waterflow 2,158 11.5% $181,000
51 Spencerville 1,617 4.7% $130,000
52 Nambe 1,876 8.6% $259,600
53 Capitan 1,321 0.0% $140,200
54 Ranchos De Taos 2,092 5.8% $236,300
55 Elephant Butte 1,393 11.4% $131,900
56 Boles Acres 2,020 2.7% $107,100
57 La Cienega 3,194 6.4% $243,300
58 Carnuel 1,801 6.9% $194,900
59 San Ysidro 2,098 0.0% $145,500
60 Santa Teresa 4,784 8.0% $175,300
61 Tularosa 2,902 3.2% $86,300
62 Mesilla 2,485 9.3% $248,600
63 Peralta 3,590 15.8% $198,400
64 Hurley 1,412 7.8% $83,300
65 Edgewood 3,845 6.4% $219,300
66 Las Maravillas 1,758 2.5% $128,200
67 Ponderosa Pine 1,025 2.2% $228,400
68 La Mesilla 2,403 3.7% $229,600
69 El Rancho 1,180 3.6% $195,600
70 Bosque Farms 3,819 4.2% $189,100
71 Placitas Cdp (Sandoval County) 4,696 4.5% $339,000
72 La Huerta 1,359 5.2% $265,400
73 Sandia Knolls 1,414 1.3% $190,700
74 Sandia Heights 3,337 4.2% $437,500

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