Ruidoso, NM
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Ruidoso, NM crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   Uniform Crime Reporting Program (Federal Bureau of Investigation), additional data from local police agencies.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2015 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2016 (latest available). Updated annually. Wheres 2016 data?

Methodology:   Our nationwide meta-analysis overcomes the issues inherent in any crime database, including non-reporting and reporting errors. This is possible by associating the 9.4 million reported crimes in the U.S, including over 2 million geocoded point locations…. Read more

The crime rate in Ruidoso is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 39 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Ruidoso is 1 in 25. Based on FBI crime data, Ruidoso is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to New Mexico, Ruidoso has a crime rate that is higher than 78% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

Importantly, when you compare Ruidoso to other communities of similar population, then Ruidoso crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Ruidoso does relative to all communities in America of all sizes, when NeighborhoodScout compared it to communities of similar population size, its crime rate per thousand residents stands out as higher than most.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Ruidoso does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Ruidoso.

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Ruidoso occurs at a rate higher than in most communities of all population sizes in America. The chance that a person will become a victim of a violent crime in Ruidoso; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 287. This equates to a rate of 3 per one thousand inhabitants.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Ruidoso's rate for property crime is 36 per one thousand population. This makes Ruidoso a place where there is an above average chance of becoming a victim of a property crime, when compared to all other communities in America of all population sizes. Property crimes are motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny, and burglary. Your chance of becoming a victim of any of these crimes in Ruidoso is one in 28.

Ruidoso Crime Data


Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 11% of U.S. Cities

Ruidoso Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Ruidoso 3.49
New Mexico 6.56

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 287

in Ruidoso

1 in 152

in New Mexico


Population: 7,739
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 0 9 * 3 15
Rate per 1,000 0.00 1.16 0.39 1.94
* Rape figures for this city adjusted from legacy to current definition based on FBI guidelines.


Population: 321,418,820
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 15,696 124,047 327,374 764,449
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.39 1.02 2.38

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Ruidoso 35.92
New Mexico 36.97

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 28

in Ruidoso

1 in 27

in New Mexico

Ruidoso Property CRIMES

Population: 7,739
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 113 155 10
Rate per 1,000 14.60 20.03 1.29

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 321,418,820
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,579,527 5,706,346 707,758
Rate per 1,000 4.91 17.75 2.20

Ruidoso Crimes Per Square Mile

Ruidoso 19
New Mexico 26

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