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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    B+
Roswell is a town in New Mexico with a population of 48,186. Roswell is in Chaves County. Living in Roswell offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Roswell there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Roswell and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Roswell are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$105,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$772
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
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Roswell Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    658.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    16.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    92.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    62.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    834.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,053.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    323
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    12%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    21%
    13%

Working in Roswell

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$43,481
National
$55,322
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Roswell Reviews

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I wish Roswell could do better. Life is simple and family-work is in sort of a balance. No heavy traffic. Generally, people are nice. Working in the hospital made me realize how much alcohol and drug problems had wreaked havoc to this beautiful town. Hopefully, crimes will lessen and the town can be more diverse as it opens up to those from big cities. Would love to see Roswell prosper!
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Roswell is a great place, not just for its Aliens, but also for its excellent Authentic Mexican Cuisine that provide a variety of choices such as their mouth-watering Enchiladas, flavor-filled Red Chile Smothered Burritos, and renowned Hatch Green Chile. Roswell not only serves as a great example of cultural inclusion but also an epicenter for the State Fair that ceases to amaze people every year with their intricate rides and wide varieties of foods and games. Despite its location in the middle of the desert, forms of entertainment such as Bottomless Lake, located just 12 miles east, provide ample joy for the entire family. All in all, Roswell is a wonderful town, presenting culture in a eye-opening way and gets people together and enjoy themselves.
High crime rate and the majority of police officers are under 25 and don’t use common sense or have a sense of urgency when they are called. The town is not well kept. Many businesses (and residential areas) do not keep up with the aesthetics of their structures. They let the landscape go or have chipping worn paint and/or trash outside. Nothing to do for fun. For a tourist town almost at 50,000, you would think they could establish like a family fun center, small amusement park, real mall, etc. If it wasn’t for my job, I wouldn’t choose to live here. On the plus side, traffic isn’t bad and living is fairly affordable.