The 10 Best Cities For Singles In New Mexico For 2022


We used science and data to determine which cities in New Mexico have the best set up for singles: no kids, no old people, and a lot to do.

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Are you trying to find love in New Mexico?

Or are you just looking to hook up?

Either way, we've got you covered here. At least, we'll point you in the right direction - which is why you came here in the first place, right?

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who have remained single (not married) is growing. That means, people are dating a lot longer than they used to.

There are many reasons for that, including financial and cultural. And, we suspect smartphones and social media has a lot to do with it, too. After all, we're all a lot more distracted these days.

If you live in New Mexico, there's a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Land of Enchantment ranks in the top 10 when it comes to number of people over the age of 18 who aren't married, or in a serious relationship. That's great news for people looking for their match.

So, where are the best cities for singles in New Mexico? We've got the answers here.

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In New Mexico For 2022

  1. Portales
  2. Las Cruces
  3. Anthony
  4. Lovington
  5. Alamogordo
  6. Albuquerque
  7. Clovis
  8. Santa Fe
  9. Farmington
  10. Belen

So, what was the best city for singles in New Mexico? Portales ranks as the best place for singles in New Mexico if you care about things singles care about like night life, affordable housing, and other singles.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each city ranked. If you live in or really close to one of these cities, and you're single, you should probably get out more often. And stop staring at your phone. Just sayin'.

The most boring place in New Mexico? That would be Grants.

And after you find a mate, you'll no doubt want to start a family and buy a home right? Don't forget to check out the best places to live in New Mexico or the safest places to live in New Mexico.

For more New Mexico reading, check out:

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In New Mexico For 2022

Portales, NM

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 11,713
Median Age: 26.8
Married households: 15.0%
Households with kids: 30.6%
More on Portales: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Las Cruces, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 102,950
Median Age: 32.5
Married households: 13.0%
Households with kids: 28.9%
More on Las Cruces: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Anthony, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 9,283
Median Age: 28.6
Married households: 6.0%
Households with kids: 45.6%
More on Anthony: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lovington, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,400
Median Age: 31.4
Married households: 12.0%
Households with kids: 47.2%
More on Lovington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Alamogordo, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 31,635
Median Age: 38.2
Married households: 12.0%
Households with kids: 29.0%
More on Alamogordo: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Albuquerque, NM

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 560,447
Median Age: 37.1
Married households: 15.0%
Households with kids: 27.1%
More on Albuquerque: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Clovis, NM

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 38,701
Median Age: 31.5
Married households: 13.0%
Households with kids: 37.4%
More on Clovis: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Santa Fe, NM

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 84,418
Median Age: 44.4
Married households: 12.0%
Households with kids: 22.4%
More on Santa Fe: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Farmington, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 44,967
Median Age: 34.6
Married households: 20.0%
Households with kids: 38.8%
More on Farmington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Belen, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 7,476
Median Age: 37.3
Married households: 20.0%
Households with kids: 23.8%
More on Belen: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Methodology: How do you determine which city is best for singles in New Mexico anyways?

To give you the places in New Mexico which are best for singles to find one another, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what single people like.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the numbers for the Land of Enchantment

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the 2016-2020 American Community Survey Census data produced for the state of New Mexico, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Population density
  • % of population that's male vs. female (closer to a 50-50 ratio is better)
  • % of households with kids
  • Median age
  • Number of unmarried people in each city

We then gave each city a Singles Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for singles to find one another. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 5,000 people. For New Mexico, that meant a total of 32 cities. You can download the data here.

Read on to see why Portales is the talk of the town while Grants is probably a bit on the boring side.

Summary: The Best Cities for Singles in New Mexico for 2022

If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in New Mexico ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for finding a single person (and potentially love), this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the most boring cities in New Mexico according to the data:

  1. Grants
  2. Raton
  3. Edgewood

For more New Mexico reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In New Mexico

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Portales, NM 11,713 26.8
2 Las Cruces, NM 102,950 32.5
3 Anthony, NM 9,283 28.6
4 Lovington, NM 11,400 31.4
5 Alamogordo, NM 31,635 38.2
6 Albuquerque, NM 560,447 37.1
7 Clovis, NM 38,701 31.5
8 Santa Fe, NM 84,418 44.4
9 Farmington, NM 44,967 34.6
10 Belen, NM 7,476 37.3
11 Deming, NM 14,083 36.5
12 Truth Or Consequences, NM 5,839 46.8
13 Las Vegas, NM 13,055 39.5
14 Hobbs, NM 38,475 30.8
15 Sunland Park, NM 17,581 31.3
16 Roswell, NM 47,751 34.9
17 Ruidoso, NM 7,879 49.5
18 Taos, NM 5,950 54.4
19 Gallup, NM 21,637 32.9
20 Artesia, NM 12,463 32.3
21 Corrales, NM 8,636 55.8
22 Bloomfield, NM 7,791 34.7
23 Socorro, NM 8,406 34.7
24 Bernalillo, NM 10,077 41.6
25 Aztec, NM 6,467 32.3
26 Rio Rancho, NM 97,976 38.4
27 Los Ranchos De Albuquerque, NM 6,120 53.5
28 Carlsbad, NM 29,278 36.7
29 Los Lunas, NM 15,814 38.1
30 Edgewood, NM 6,113 40.7
31 Raton, NM 6,020 45.7
32 Grants, NM 8,987 34.9

How Is The Area In ?

Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best cities for singles in New Mexico.

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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