Nestled in the heart of the American southwest, not many people would think that New Mexico is overly dangerous. What they don't realize is that the state is nestled between the state with the most firearms sales (Texas), the state with the most gun deaths (Arizona), and above a country infamous for drug trafficking.
Needless to say, New Mexico crime rates are at an all time high. New Mexico is a dangerous state, with violent and property crime rates well above the national average.
In a comparative study of crime statistics for all 50 states, New Mexico ranked 47th for violent crimes, aggravated assault, and property crimes, 48th for forcible rape, and 50th for burglary, making it one of the most crime-ridden states of the union. These rates are influenced by high rates of crime in non-urban areas.
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New Mexico suffers from a staggering 567 violent crimes per 100,000 residents,
well above the national average of 386 per 100,000. The states violent crime rate dropped 3.5 percent from 2010, more slowly than the national 4.5 percent decline. In 2011, murder was up 10.5 percent,
to 7.5 murders per 100,000 people, for a total of 156 in the state. The national murder rate is 4.7. During the same period, however, rape declined by 11 percent.
New Mexico also experienced high property crime rates,
3,531 per 100,000 compared with a nationwide 2,908. This rate reflects a 3 percent increase in property crime from 2010, whereas the total number of property crimes nationwide dropped 1.3 percent in the same time frame.
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Best And Worst Places To Live
Espanola was New Mexicos most dangerous city
in 2011, with roughly 109 crimes per 1,000 residents. The town has a population of 9,846 and sits 25 miles north of Santa Fe. Gallup, Belen, Taos and Las Vegas round out New Mexicos most dangerous list. If you live in any of these towns, you might want to consider investing in a home security system and other forms of defense.
On the other end of the spectrum, Los Alamos took home New Mexicos safest city award.
Its 18,311 residents saw a mere 186 crimes last year. Sunland Park, Los Lunas and Rio Rancho also made the safe list.
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