The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In New Mexico For 2021


We used science and data to determine which cities in New Mexico that will put a big dent in your wallet.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the most expensive places to live in New Mexico.

Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and New Mexico does this very well. Families love the Land Of Enchantment's beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state -- and that's how we're going to help you.

These are the places in New Mexico that cost a pretty penny -- the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in New Mexico for 2021.

So where is the most expensive place to live in New Mexico? That would be Taos.
the 2015-2019 American Community Survey for the 33 places in New Mexico with more than 5,000 people.

Here are the 10 most expensive places to live in New Mexico for 2021:

  1. Taos
  2. Santa Fe
  3. Las Vegas
  4. Silver City
  5. Albuquerque
  6. Los Ranchos de Albuquerque
  7. Corrales
  8. Anthony
  9. Sunland Park
  10. Las Cruces

What's the most expensive place to live in New Mexico? Well, HomeSnacks crunched the numbers and discovered that Taos is the most expensive place to live in New Mexico.

So hopefully Carlsbad (the cheapest place to live in New Mexico) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out some more reading about New Mexico and the most expensive cities in the country:

The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In New Mexico For 2021

1. TaosTaos, NM

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 5,967
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 8.9x (most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 41.4x (most expensive)
More on Taos: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Taos comes in at $29,300 and the median home value is $260,800 for 2021.

2. Santa FeSanta Fe, NM

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6
/10

Population: 83,922
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.8x (4th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 53.7x (13th most expensive)
More on Santa Fe: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Santa Fe comes in at $57,972 and the median home value is $280,800 for 2021.

3. Las VegasLas Vegas, NM

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5
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Population: 13,176
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.4x (5th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 43.6x (4th most expensive)
More on Las Vegas: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Las Vegas comes in at $26,561 and the median home value is $117,600 for 2021.

4. Silver CitySilver City, NM

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,627
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.3x (7th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 47.5x (6th most expensive)
More on Silver City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Silver City comes in at $31,620 and the median home value is $134,400 for 2021.

5. AlbuquerqueAlbuquerque, NM

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6
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Population: 559,374
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 7)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.7x (9th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 60.6x (2most expensive)
More on Albuquerque: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Albuquerque comes in at $52,911 and the median home value is $198,200 for 2021.

6. Los Ranchos De AlbuquerqueLos Ranchos De Albuquerque, NM

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7.5
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Population: 6,114
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 6.9x (2nd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 85.2x (33rd most expensive)
More on Los Ranchos De Albuquerque: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Los Ranchos De Albuquerque comes in at $64,732 and the median home value is $447,700 for 2021.

7. CorralesCorrales, NM

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 8,588
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.2x (3rd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 78.2x (32nd most expensive)
More on Corrales: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Corrales comes in at $85,580 and the median home value is $447,600 for 2021.

8. AnthonyAnthony, NM

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Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 9,310
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.3x (6th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 42.7x (2nd most expensive)
More on Anthony: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Anthony comes in at $23,948 and the median home value is $103,800 for 2021.

9. Sunland ParkSunland Park, NM

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Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 17,081
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.1x (8th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 43.8x (5th most expensive)
More on Sunland Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Sunland Park comes in at $27,266 and the median home value is $111,100 for 2021.

10. Las CrucesLas Cruces, NM

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Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 102,102
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.6x (10th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 54.6x (15th most expensive)
More on Las Cruces: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Las Cruces comes in at $43,022 and the median home value is $155,200 for 2021.

How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Land of Enchantment For 2021

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In New Mexico
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:

  1. How much do money do I make?
  2. How much do I have spend to live there?

You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.

For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it's actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.

With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2015-2019 around incomes and costs. They are:

  • Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
  • Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
  • Median Home Price

We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).

You can then compare these metrics in each of the places in New Mexico to figure out which is the most expensive.

What you are left with is a "Cost of Living Index" by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 33 places in New Mexico that have more than 5,000 people.

The place with the highest cost of living in New Mexico according to the data is Taos. You can download the data here.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck In New Mexico For 2021

Well there you have it, the places in New Mexico that have the highest cost of living, with Taos ranking as the most expensive city in the Land of Enchantment.

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

  1. Carlsbad
  2. Grants
  3. Lovington

For more New Mexico reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In New Mexico

Rank City ExpensiveScore Population Home/Income Ratio Income/Rent Ratio
1 Taos 2.0 5,967 8.9x 41.4x
2 Santa Fe 6.67 83,922 4.8x 53.7x
3 Las Vegas 10.33 13,176 4.4x 43.6x
4 Silver City 10.67 9,627 4.3x 47.5x
5 Albuquerque 11.67 559,374 3.7x 60.6x
6 Los Ranchos De Albuquerque 12.0 6,114 6.9x 85.2x
7 Corrales 12.33 8,588 5.2x 78.2x
8 Anthony 12.33 9,310 4.3x 42.7x
9 Sunland Park 13.0 17,081 4.1x 43.8x
10 Las Cruces 13.0 102,102 3.6x 54.6x
11 Bernalillo 13.33 9,669 3.6x 56.2x
12 Ruidoso 15.67 7,791 3.6x 65.1x
13 Artesia 16.0 12,262 3.4x 62.2x
14 Edgewood 16.0 6,071 3.0x 60.9x
15 Aztec 16.33 6,530 3.4x 58.7x
16 Farmington 16.33 45,258 3.4x 62.8x
17 Los Lunas 16.67 15,589 2.9x 54.1x
18 Rio Rancho 16.67 96,210 2.9x 57.3x
19 Portales 17.0 11,854 3.1x 48.9x
20 Truth Or Consequences 17.33 5,894 3.6x 48.7x
21 Clovis 17.67 38,891 2.9x 52.4x
22 Deming 18.33 14,139 3.5x 52.3x
23 Belen 19.33 7,403 2.9x 50.1x
24 Socorro 20.67 8,460 3.3x 64.9x
25 Raton 21.0 6,047 2.7x 42.9x
26 Alamogordo 21.67 31,384 2.7x 53.4x
27 Bloomfield 23.0 7,846 2.9x 68.5x
28 Gallup 24.67 21,854 2.7x 65.4x
29 Roswell 24.67 47,941 2.4x 55.7x
30 Hobbs 25.67 38,375 2.4x 65.9x
31 Lovington 26.33 11,491 2.3x 62.6x
32 Grants 26.33 9,036 2.5x 60.5x
33 Carlsbad 26.33 29,158 2.0x 68.4x

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