These Are The 10 Best Cities In New Mexico For Jobs In 2017

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by Chris Kolmar
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If you’re starting to look for a job in New Mexico, you’ve come to the right place.

You might think off the top of your head that Santa Fe would be an excellent place to find a job. And while it does offer many opportunities, it isn’t the best in the state according to the data.

Here at Zippia, we aim to answer questions like this using cold hard facts and analysis. So we set our sights on determining the best place in New Mexico to find a job.

After analyzing all 34 plus places in New Mexico, we came up with this list as the best places for jobs in the Land Of Enchantment:

  1. Los Ranchos De Albuquerque
  2. Corrales
  3. Artesia
  4. Rio Rancho
  5. Hobbs
  6. Farmington
  7. Carlsbad
  8. Los Lunas
  9. Santa Fe
  10. Ruidoso

If you live in one of these cities, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you — read on to learn how we calculated this ranking and why these cities rank so high.

Or for more New Mexico job information, check out:

How We Determined The Best Cities In New Mexico For Jobs

In order to properly compare places, we set a minimum population threshold of 5,000 people.

After getting the data for about 68 places in NM, the population requirement cut out list down to 34 places.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 34, with one being the best.

We took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place For Jobs In New Mexico”.

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Unemployment rate
  • Median household income
  • Poverty Level

The source of the criteria was the Census’s American Community Survey.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart.

Otherwise, learn how these cities got to their executive suite status.

1. Los Ranchos De Albuquerque


Population: 6,074
Unemployment Rank: 1
Median Income Rank: 3
Poverty Level Rank: 2

2. Corrales

Corrales, New Mexico

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,426
Unemployment Rank: 10
Median Income Rank: 1
Poverty Level Rank: 1

3. Artesia

Artesia, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,494
Unemployment Rank: 2
Median Income Rank: 8
Poverty Level Rank: 4

4. Rio Rancho

Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 90,627
Unemployment Rank: 11
Median Income Rank: 2
Poverty Level Rank: 3

5. Hobbs

Hobbs, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,343
Unemployment Rank: 4
Median Income Rank: 5
Poverty Level Rank: 9

6. Farmington

Farmington, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 45,383
Unemployment Rank: 7
Median Income Rank: 4
Poverty Level Rank: 10

7. Carlsbad

Carlsbad, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,996
Unemployment Rank: 6
Median Income Rank: 9
Poverty Level Rank: 7

8. Los Lunas

Los Lunas, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,203
Unemployment Rank: 22
Median Income Rank: 6
Poverty Level Rank: 8

9. Santa Fe

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 69,245
Unemployment Rank: 18
Median Income Rank: 7
Poverty Level Rank: 11

10. Ruidoso

Ruidoso, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,954
Unemployment Rank: 20
Median Income Rank: 13
Poverty Level Rank: 5

Landing The Right Place For A Job

The best places for jobs in New Mexico have one major common attribute — they are all close to major sources of jobs. These places use their geographic proximity to big cities and major employers to their advantage.

It also means that the American dream of a house in the burbs is also alive and well when it comes to finding a great place to have a job.

If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to find a job New Mexico:

  1. Anthony
  2. Deming
  3. Belen

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Jobs In New Mexico

Rank City Population Unemployment Rank Income Rank Poverty Rank
1 Los Ranchos De Albuquerque 6,074 1 3 2
2 Corrales 8,426 10 1 1
3 Artesia 11,494 2 8 4
4 Rio Rancho 90,627 11 2 3
5 Hobbs 35,343 4 5 9
6 Farmington 45,383 7 4 10
7 Carlsbad 26,996 6 9 7
8 Los Lunas 15,203 22 6 8
9 Santa Fe 69,245 18 7 11
10 Ruidoso 7,954 20 13 5
11 Albuquerque 553,576 16 11 12
12 Gallup 22,189 8 12 19
13 Lovington 11,364 14 10 15
14 Aztec 6,619 19 16 6
15 Raton 6,627 5 23 17
16 Bloomfield 7,877 13 14 18
17 Roswell 48,568 15 21 16
18 Alamogordo 31,224 24 15 13
19 Clovis 39,204 21 20 14
20 Silver City 10,245 17 22 22
21 Tucumcari 5,237 3 32 28
22 Truth Or Consequences 6,337 9 30 24
23 Grants 9,245 23 18 23
24 Bernalillo 8,400 28 17 20
25 Las Cruces 100,360 26 19 25
26 Las Vegas 13,833 12 33 33
27 Portales 12,481 25 24 29
28 Socorro 8,898 27 25 27
29 Taos 5,713 34 26 21
30 Espanola 10,216 31 27 26
31 Sunland Park 14,794 30 28 31
32 Belen 7,249 29 29 32
33 Deming 14,760 33 31 30
34 Anthony 9,462 32 34 34