These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In New Mexico For 2018


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

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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 137 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:

  1. Torreon Cdp (Sandoval County)
  2. Nageezi
  3. Sanostee
  4. Alamo
  5. Sheep Springs
  6. Twin Lakes
  7. Nakaibito
  8. Brimhall Nizhoni
  9. Napi Headquarters
  10. Cotton City

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.

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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 crunched the numbers

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 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 100 and 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 137 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.

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1. Torreon Cdp (Sandoval County)

Source: Public Domain

Population: 334
Median Income: $20,833
Median Home Value: $22,500

2. Nageezi


Population: 259
Median Income: $13,667
Median Home Value: $54,200

3. Sanostee


Population: 436
Median Income: $18,182
Median Home Value: $62,500

4. Alamo


Population: 499
Median Income: $12,891
Median Home Value: $35,000

5. Sheep Springs


Population: 280
Median Income: $30,781
Median Home Value: $58,600

6. Twin Lakes


Population: 995
Median Income: $19,250
Median Home Value: $49,200

7. Nakaibito


Population: 424
Median Income: $32,500
Median Home Value: $55,000

8. Brimhall Nizhoni


Population: 393
Median Income: $37,500
Median Home Value: $55,400

9. Napi Headquarters


Population: 732
Median Income: $27,500
Median Home Value: $59,000

10. Cotton City

Source: Public Domain

Population: 288
Median Income: $33,542
Median Home Value: $81,000

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. Best: Veguita
  2. 2nd Best: Pleasanton
  3. 3rd Best: Galisteo

For more reading, check out:

  • These Are The 10 Richest Cities In New Mexico For 2018
  • 10 Safest Places In New Mexico
  • 10 Worst Places To Live In New Mexico
  • Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In New Mexico

    City Rank Population Home Price
    Torreon Cdp (Sandoval County) 1 334 $22,500
    Nageezi 2 259 $54,200
    Sanostee 3 436 $62,500
    Alamo 4 499 $35,000
    Sheep Springs 5 280 $58,600
    Twin Lakes 6 995 $49,200
    Nakaibito 7 424 $55,000
    Brimhall Nizhoni 8 393 $55,400
    Napi Headquarters 9 732 $59,000
    Cotton City 10 288 $81,000
    Paguate 11 269 $65,000
    Zia Pueblo 12 890 $85,400
    Naschitti 13 290 $51,500
    Nenahnezad 14 730 $46,700
    Reserve 15 642 $110,400
    Mesita 16 767 $78,800
    Madrone 17 713 $59,500
    Roy 18 240 $57,500
    Encinal 19 160 $84,400
    Ojo Amarillo 20 691 $108,900
    Magdalena 21 682 $85,000
    Willard 22 200 $53,600
    Highland Meadows 23 601 $46,900
    Peak Place 24 410 $10,900
    Paraje 25 717 $74,600
    Timberon 26 299 $79,700
    Newcomb 27 319 $55,000
    Hagerman 28 999 $69,600
    Ribera 29 722 $82,400
    Wagon Mound 30 554 $55,200
    Chamita 31 997 $135,200
    Beclabito 32 328 $113,600
    Santa Cruz 33 350 $183,300
    Peña Blanca 34 628 $115,300
    Seama 35 353 $83,100
    Cuyamungue Grant 36 168 $270,800
    Chamberino 37 839 $95,800
    Acomita Lake 38 486 $81,300
    Vaughn 39 389 $45,600
    Oasis 40 147 $164,400
    Rock Springs 41 513 $73,000
    Cuba 42 687 $98,800
    Glen Acres 43 230 $48,300
    Tohatchi 44 952 $58,700
    Carrizozo 45 905 $84,500
    Datil 46 123 $10,000
    Crystal 47 386 $81,300
    Vadito 48 344 $91,700
    Elida 49 188 $62,800
    Hernandez 50 852 $155,700
    Tatum 51 815 $57,900
    Williamsburg 52 451 $70,600
    Happy Valley 53 537 $76,500
    Peñasco 54 565 $131,300
    San Ildefonso Pueblo 55 695 $195,800
    Ventura 56 224 $69,100
    Pueblitos 57 587 $152,800
    Chamisal 58 332 $120,800
    Mora 59 973 $53,600
    Cubero 60 219 $163,200
    Alamillo 61 119 $90,500
    North Hurley 62 218 $66,400
    Santa Ana Pueblo 63 619 $92,500
    Mesquite 64 569 $73,900
    Edith Endave 65 278 $272,500
    San Jon 66 211 $35,000
    Los Cerrillos 67 485 $186,600
    Eagle Nest 68 256 $114,600
    Lake Arthur 69 461 $68,000
    La Mesa 70 896 $125,500
    Glorieta 71 510 $143,800
    Rio Lucio 72 375 $110,700
    Sunshine 73 314 $90,000
    Springer 74 997 $97,500
    Livingston Wheeler 75 508 $110,200
    Adelino 76 766 $118,100
    Arroyo Seco 77 869 $309,500
    Tesuque Pueblo 78 267 $193,800
    Talpa 79 818 $244,000
    Grady 80 107 $42,500
    Tierra Amarilla 81 623 $293,300
    Mountain View 82 195 $66,400
    Cochiti 83 525 $81,700
    Melrose 84 619 $68,800
    Logan 85 924 $88,800
    Lamy 86 232 $252,700
    Pueblito 87 152 $168,800
    San Jose Cdp (Rio Arriba County) 88 666 $152,500
    Nadine 89 340 $135,000
    Chama 90 767 $142,100
    La Jara 91 165 $154,400
    Pueblo Of Sandia Village 92 394 $116,100
    Atoka 93 814 $120,300
    High Rolls 94 535 $211,900
    Middle Frisco 95 118 $78,300
    Des Moines 96 108 $67,500
    Alcalde 97 206 $137,500
    Gila 98 327 $124,000
    Canjilon 99 459 $123,800
    La Villita 100 952 $102,400

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