2017 Best Places to Live in New Mexico

Explore the best places to live in the U.S. based on crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities, and local amenities. Ranking based on data from the U.S. Census, FBI, BLS, CDC, and other sources.

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    Los Alamos

    • Town in New Mexico
    • 7 reviews
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    White Rock

    • Town in New Mexico
    • 19 reviews
    Niche User:I came here 20 years ago, thinking we'd be here about 3 years, but it's been a great place to raise a family, and now we've moved our retired parents and other family members into the community! The altitude can be tough for those coming from sea level, but other than that it's a fantastic place. Concerts every Friday night (free) at local parks, parades, art events, a craft brewing cooperative, great neighbors, trails, skiing, it's a super area and it's welcoming and visually appealing. It helps that it has a great climate and good schools, too.
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    Sandia Heights

    • Town in New Mexico
    • 1 review
    Former Resident:I have thoroughly enjoyed living in this part of Albuquerque, out of all the varying neighborhoods. It is a peaceful, quiet neighborhood, that is full of pleasant people. Aside from the lovely residents, the view is completely breathtaking! The sunsets are especially beautiful.
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    Eldorado at Santa Fe

    • Town in New Mexico
    • 3 reviews
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    Corrales

    • Town in New Mexico
    • 11 reviews
    Former Resident:Corrales is a nice, lush area of Albuquerque that is a good fit for people who want to live in and around nature. It's a great place to just get a home, a few horses and let the days roll by, except for when you have to go to work of course. And when you do go, you'll be reminded of the constant presence of the police department, as you are likely to be pulled over for going 2-3 miles over the speed limit. Another thing to look out for when commuting are the several festivals that are held every year that really mess up traffic. These festivals are big gatherings essentially to sell more local food and goods, and I've always had a blast at theses. Overall, pretty chill place.
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    Mesilla

    • Town in New Mexico
    • 9 reviews
    Niche User:This little city can be a little boring if you don't know where to look. There are plenty things to do (especially on the weekend). Old Mesilla has many rich places to visit.
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    Rio Rancho

    • Town in New Mexico
    • 151 reviews
    Current Resident:I have had a very pleasant experience! This is an excellent website and hopefully brings forth a great contribution to my education. I am pursuing a career in nursing that will contribute to my community by promoting health and providing care to those in need! As we know, the education can be very costly and takes a toll on a family, both financially and emotionally. I give thanks to all who support me with generosity and kindness and look forward to paying it forward and helping those next in line with my knowledge and skill.
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    Paradise Hills

    • Town in New Mexico
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    Albuquerque

    • City in New Mexico
    • 202 reviews
    Current Resident:Albuquerque is a diverse city! It has many beautiful natural beauties that are great for families to go and picnic at like the Rio Grande River, or the Petroglyph National Park. It is a very culturally rich area. There is the National Hispanic Cultural Center and The Indian Cultural Center. There is a brand new park that was built to accommodate children and people of all abilities. There are a number of diverse educational institutions to accommodate youth of all ages in their education that helps aide them in their individual learning styles. Lastly, but certainly not least, the night life is roaring! There is a place in downtown Albuquerque called the Launch Pad that regularly features Native Artist from here within town.
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    Los Ranchos de Albuquerque

    • Town in New Mexico
    • 2 reviews
    Nearby Resident:Good place to live up and coming need more improvements to older areas more jobs good schools need more autism services
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    Las Cruces

    • City in New Mexico
    • 310 reviews
    Current Resident:Although it offers more than just the 'basics' for a college town, there are some aspects of this desert city needing improvement. The selection of college-oriented entertainment and restaurants is relatively slim and nightlife offerings are minimal. The town does, however, provide a very affordable environment to reside in with practically no traffic congestion. The intersection of two major interstates in Las Cruces provides easy access to larger cities in the area. For younger students, Las Cruces offers a simple, affordable solution to obtaining higher education. For older students or those with families, Las Cruces offers a more-than-adequate selection of housing, shopping, healthcare, and schools. It's proximity to El Paso, Texas, allows quick access to an international airport and expanded shopping experiences. Overall, Las Cruces is a great location to settle and raise a family, obtain an advanced education, or start a business.
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    North Valley

    • Town in New Mexico
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    Santa Fe

    • Town in New Mexico
    • 121 reviews
    Current Resident:Santa Fe is a very artistic and creative city with an European flavor to it. It has amazing food, beautiful architecture, fairly green, and progressive city. My favorite story about Santa Fe it the recent election of our mayor. It wasn't until after he won that I found out he was gay due to national news reporting we had elected a gay mayor. To my knowledge, it NEVER came up as an issue and I felt very proud to live in this city that day! I also really appreciate the Spanish and Native American culture influence that you can feel in this city. The cons about Santa Fe: Santa Feans natives are terrible drivers, easy to anger, and quick to take offense. I also wish it had a stronger economy than it does outside of tourism.
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    Edgewood

    • Town in New Mexico
    • 13 reviews
    Current Resident:I love Edgewood! It is a small town in the mountains. It is beautiful and peaceful and you can see the stars at night. I would like to see them add a nice community center with a pool and maybe a bowling alley to give the kids something to do without having to drive to Albuquerque.
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    La Huerta

    • Town in New Mexico
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    Carlsbad

    • Town in New Mexico
    • 16 reviews
    Current Resident:I have lived in Carlsbad for almost four years now. It is a fair city, although small and located somewhat far from any "big cities." Its amenities are limited, but there are still some things to do.

    As for restaurants, there is a Chili's, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Pizza Hut as well as various fast food options (McDonald's, Taco Bell, etc.). Some local venues, but nothing to write home about.

    Walmart, Walgreens, Radio Shack, and CVS also in the way of stores, but pretty limited.
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    Artesia

    • Town in New Mexico
    • 11 reviews
    Niche User:It was great to grow up here. Small town, friendly, supportive of the kids in sports and unified. I live in New Mexico and it is very dry and flat here but we aren't in much danger for earthquakes, blizzards or hurricanes. We don't have many big cities bit we do have beautiful sunsets and deserts, great food and nice weather!
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    Arenas Valley

    • Town in New Mexico
    • 4 reviews
    Niche User:Overall the town of Silver City, New Mexico is pretty alright to me. There really isn't a lot to do here, but life is all about what you make it, and me and my friends made it a great experience. But we're definetely excited to go to college in Tucson to start a new chapter in our lives!
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    Fairacres

    • Town in New Mexico
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    Alamogordo

    • Town in New Mexico
    • 63 reviews
    Former Resident:I lived in Alamogordo, NM as a young military spouse with two small children. Our whole family loved the area! There was plenty to do, outdoor activities, parks and recreation. Our daughter was a girl scout, our son volunteered with Animal Rescue Mission and both had many friends with opportunities to ride horses, hike, explore fossils, learn new sports and see great sites. The balloon festival in September celebrated 75 years over White Sands while we were there. The balloons went right over our house. In the heat of summer, a cool reprieve in Cloudcroft and just enough snow and cold in the winter, made it the perfect climate to raise a family in every season. I would go back again, today, if there was good civilian work available, but there isn't. The town really does exist because of the Air Force Base. The schools were great, and the infrastructure was good. The best part about the town was the friendly people of all nationalities.
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    Silver City

    • Town in New Mexico
    • 23 reviews
    Current Resident:If you love quirky, off beat towns, and the outdoors, this is the place for you! There is the beautiful Gila to explore, and so much beauty in the night sky, loving the out-of-doors is a must in this place.
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    Taos

    • Town in New Mexico
    • 3 reviews
    Current Resident:Taos is a very unique town. The population is just over 5000, and the landscape is varied. You may hike in the snow in one area, and then find a beautiful desert landscape with abundant sunny skies on the other side of town. There is a native american pueblo community, a thriving art and music scene, with lots of local, homegrown fun! If you love skiing, night life, or just getting out into nature, Taos is right for you!
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    Portales

    • Town in New Mexico
    • 24 reviews
    Current Resident:Portales is great place student wise. The schools faculty is really helpful to the student population and also classes are small which is good as student get quick and easy access to the lecturers and professors which is a great thing for student success. The town is also good and great economically, that is affordable lifestyle.
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    Ruidoso

    • Town in New Mexico
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    Peralta

    • Town in New Mexico
    • 16 reviews
    Niche User:All my neighbors watch out for each others so the crime is very low. I have never been affected by it. I've seen cops driving by to look around, which makes me feel better.
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