New Mexico offers retirees a variety of appealing options, ranking 28th best state to retire to overall. New Mexico is a weird state when it comes to retirees. It has the highest crime rate of any state in the union yet has the 13th highest retirement population. What’s going on? New Mexico is suprisingly average or slightly below average in our metrics but those things in combination with planned retirement communities help make it more attractive than it might appear on paper.
New Mexico is a beautiful state that has a lot to offer retirees. The state has average income taxes, social security exemptions, and weather that is perfect for those who love the outdoors. It’s like a slightly more affordable version of Colorado or Arizona without the attractions that draw people to those states.
New Mexico has the worst crime of any state in the nation per capita, and that’s based on our blended average that added weight to violent crime, making it even more disturbing. If you’re thinking of retiring to New Mexico, this has to play a little bit into where you might decide to purchase. In general, our advice is to stick with communities that are designed for retirees in particular. For no matter where del Webb places a community for the most part decent health care and safety are part of the package.
Best Retirement Cities reviewed all 50 states against 10 different retirement criteria to determine what was truly the best state to retire to.