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:
- Torreon Cdp (Sandoval County)
- Sheep Springs
- Twin Lakes
- Brimhall Nizhoni
- Napi Headquarters
- 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.
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.
1. Torreon Cdp (Sandoval County)
Population: 334 Median Income: $20,833
Median Home Value: $22,500
Population: 259 Median Income: $13,667
Median Home Value: $54,200
Population: 436 Median Income: $18,182
Median Home Value: $62,500
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
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
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.
- Best: Veguita
- 2nd Best: Pleasanton
- 3rd Best: Galisteo
For more reading, check out:
Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In New Mexico
|Torreon Cdp (Sandoval County)||1|
|San Ildefonso Pueblo||55|
|Santa Ana Pueblo||63|
|San Jose Cdp (Rio Arriba County)||88|
|Pueblo Of Sandia Village||92|