The 10 Best Cities For Singles In New Mexico For 2021


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.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best cities for singles in New Mexico.

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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.

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 2021

Portales, NM

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 11,854
Median Age: 26.3
Married households: 14.0%
Households with kids: 33.0%
More on Portales: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lovington, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,491
Median Age: 30.7
Married households: 12.0%
Households with kids: 46.5%
More on Lovington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Alamogordo, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 31,384
Median Age: 36.3
Married households: 12.0%
Households with kids: 26.7%
More on Alamogordo: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Albuquerque, NM

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 559,374
Median Age: 36.6
Married households: 16.0%
Households with kids: 28.3%
More on Albuquerque: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Roswell, NM

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 47,941
Median Age: 34.9
Married households: 19.0%
Households with kids: 35.1%
More on Roswell: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Las Cruces, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 102,102
Median Age: 32.3
Married households: 13.0%
Households with kids: 30.2%
More on Las Cruces: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Farmington, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 45,258
Median Age: 33.8
Married households: 18.0%
Households with kids: 38.2%
More on Farmington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Anthony, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 9,310
Median Age: 25.9
Married households: 6.0%
Households with kids: 58.0%
More on Anthony: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Clovis, NM

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 38,891
Median Age: 31.3
Married households: 14.0%
Households with kids: 37.6%
More on Clovis: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Truth Or Consequences, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,894
Median Age: 51.5
Married households: 10.0%
Households with kids: 20.8%
More on Truth Or Consequences: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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 2015-2019 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.

There You Have It - The Best Cities for Singles in New Mexico for 2021

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. Edgewood
  3. Los Lunas

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 11,854 26.3
2 Lovington, NM 11,491 30.7
3 Alamogordo, NM 31,384 36.3
4 Albuquerque, NM 559,374 36.6
5 Roswell, NM 47,941 34.9
6 Las Cruces, NM 102,102 32.3
7 Farmington, NM 45,258 33.8
8 Anthony, NM 9,310 25.9
9 Clovis, NM 38,891 31.3
10 Truth Or Consequences, NM 5,894 51.5
11 Santa Fe, NM 83,922 44.1
12 Las Vegas, NM 13,176 40.8
13 Sunland Park, NM 17,081 30.9
14 Bernalillo, NM 9,669 42.4
15 Ruidoso, NM 7,791 50.9
16 Socorro, NM 8,460 30.1
17 Deming, NM 14,139 35.1
18 Hobbs, NM 38,375 30.6
19 Bloomfield, NM 7,846 32.2
20 Taos, NM 5,967 50.8
21 Belen, NM 7,403 38.4
22 Artesia, NM 12,262 33.3
23 Raton, NM 6,047 44.8
24 Carlsbad, NM 29,158 34.9
25 Gallup, NM 21,854 32.7
26 Rio Rancho, NM 96,210 38.4
27 Los Ranchos De Albuquerque, NM 6,114 53.9
28 Aztec, NM 6,530 32.6
29 Corrales, NM 8,588 55.0
30 Los Lunas, NM 15,589 36.8
31 Edgewood, NM 6,071 43.3
32 Grants, NM 9,036 37.3

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