New Mexico is a geographically and demographically diverse place. We truly have it all—buzzing metropolitan areas, quaint rural villages, a desert, snow-capped mountains, the list goes on. But when it comes to choosing a place to live in this wonderful state, there are a few factors that may be more important than others for prospective residents. We’ve utilized livability scores to present four of the best cities and towns for you to settle down.
With a livability score of 78, Los Alamos is an excellent place to put down roots. The city has an incredibly low crime rate, high employment, tons of amenities, and a great public education system. Beloved by skiers, snowboarders, mountain bikers, and outdoor adventurers, Los Alamos is nestled beneath the foothills of the Pajarito Mountains in the Jemez Mountain Range. The city’s worst score was in housing, as properties can be pretty pricey. However, if you budget and save to spend on a handsome down payment, you shouldn’t have difficulty finding a great place to live.
Small towns, such as White Rock, are truly appreciated in this great state. Home to just 6,000 people, this suburb has a livability score of 78. With a low crime rate, high employment rate, and great weather, this is a fantastic small town to settle down. The housing market is stable, there is a high income per capital, and the graduation rate is one of the best in the state.
This Albuquerque suburb is a popular spot for commuters. While public transportation in this area is nearly non-existent, most residents are two-car families. The daily drive into the city is a small price to pay for calling this stunning suburb home. With a population of 3,300 people, 35 excellent public schools, and a livability score of 73, Sandia Heights is an excellent place to settle down.
Corrales, located in Sandoval County, thrives on the agricultural industry. Crime in this area is consistently low, which is due in part to the strong, community-oriented attitude adopted by residents. There are a number of festivals that bring the community together, and the livability score of 73 is nothing to complain about.