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Here Are The 10 Most Dangerous Towns In New Mexico To Live In

Whether you’re a New Mexico resident or a tourist passing through, it’s a good idea to be informed about crime rates.

The good news is that overall murder rates in New Mexico have decreased in recent years, going down to 4.8 per 100,000 people—that’s still a hair above the U.S. average of 4.5 murders per 100,000 people. However, the rate of robberies in the state consistently remains below the national average.

That being said, you’re more likely to be a victim of crime in certain places in New Mexico. We’ve drawn data from Home Security Shield’s list, because it ranks cities with populations above 5000, according to violent crime rates. The FBI combines the following offenses into the category of violent crime: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

Are you surprised by any of the places on this list? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Juliet White
New Mexico staff writer for Only In Your State and freelance writer. A committed travel junkie, Juliet has lived on two continents, but believes that the sunsets in New Mexico are the best. She can be reached on Twitter @JulietWrites.