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55 Plus Communities in New Mexico - Best Small Towns for Retirement

New Mexico is rich in personality. No other state can claim such geographical or cultural diversity, nor match it's historic complexity.

New Mexico is the 5th largest state but one of the least populated. It was one of the last states admitted to the Union becoming the 47th state on January 6, 1912. The state is known for its strong Native American and Hispanic influences which can be seen on the architecture, food, and culture of its towns and cities. The landscape and hot weather make it a favorite destination for outdoor lovers. Here are some of the best small towns for retireent in New Mexico.

Best Small Towns in New Mexico

Silver City

This New Mexico hidden gem is located in the southwest corner of the state and features a population of approximately 10,000. The town has a historic district with museums and casual dining restaurants along with Bear Mountain Lodge. There’s even a school of animation and cartooning.

Santa Fe

Despite being the capital and fourth largest city in New Mexico, the town has a population of only 67,000. Santa Fe is known for its multicultural flavor and art community – so much so that the town was recently named a UNESCO Creative City. The city is rife with art galleries, museums, and sculptures. Music and opera are also well represented in the town through the Santa Fe Opera. For such a small town, Santa Fe offers a lot of options for the creative and visual arts lover.

Santa Fe skyline in New Mexico


Known as the Cavern City, Carlsbad offers a lot to people looking to live in a small town with outdoor recreation, dining, and culture. Carlsbad features three man-made lakes all within 50 miles of the city limits. The city is surrounded by caverns located in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Other points of interest include Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, Project Gnome, and Project Playground.

Los Alamos

Los Alamos is a town full of science, culture, and ancient villages. The recreation options are truly unique in Los Alamos. They include the Larry Walkup swimming center, a high-altitude golf course overlooking the city, and the Jemez Mountains Scenic Byway. Los Alamos also has deep roots in the scientific community. The town’s scientific history includes the Manhattan Project and the Human Genome Project.

Rio Rancho

Rio Rancho has several fun and diverse activities for citizens and tourists. The city has a fun vibe and includes an annual hot air balloon festival, vintage and exotic car show known as the Annual Park N the Park Show, and the annual pork and brew BBQ state championships.


Clovis is located in Curry County, New Mexico with a population of approximately 38,000. Clovis was once an important town in the rock music industry. In the 1950’s the town was home to Norman Petty Studios where Buddy Holly recorded his music. Clovis is also home to Cannon Air Force Base.

South Valley

South Valley is located just outside of Albuquerque. The television show Breaking Bad is filmed in South Valley. The small town of approximately 40,000 offers plenty of shopping and casual dining options for singles and families. It’s been noted as a great place for singles as the population is disproportionately unmarried.


The Chaves County town is famous for being the location of the Roswell UFO incident. In 2002 the town won an award naming it one of the most All-American towns in the country. Roswell offers small town pride, great food, and friendly people.

Silver City is another for the list of popular New Mexico retirement small towns. Silver City residents say their town of 10,000 offers 'the real New Mexico experience'. Located in Grant County Silver City is home to wildlife, night life, and the good life.

Best Small Towns in NM for Successful Aging from the Milken Institute Study include: Las Cruces, Farmington, Santa Fe.
Indicators used in this study to pick the best NM small towns for aging were general, healthcare, wellnewss, financial, living arrangements, employment, transportation and community engagement.

55 Plus Communities in New Mexico

Country Club Estates 55 Plus Community Santa Fe 301 Slice Road SE Deming, NM 88030 Country Club Estates is a planned 55 plus community Set amid some of the most beautiful desert in Southern New Mexico, Country Club Estates provides Santa Fe style custom designs values no other adult community can match! Within minutes you'll find an 10 hole gold course, a community learning center.


Communities and Small Towns in New Mexico:

Algodones Belen Bernalillo Bluewater Casa Blanca Cedar Crest Cedarvale Cerrillos Claunch Coyote Cuba Cubero Edgewood Estancia Gallina Counselor Grants Milan Isleta Jarales Jemez Pueblo Jemez Springs Laguna La Jara La Joya Lindrith Los Lunas Mc Intosh Pueblo Of Acoma Moriarty Mountainair Nageezi New Laguna Paguate Pena Blanca Peralta Placitas Ponderosa Prewitt Regina Sandia Park Corrales San Fidel San Rafael Santo Domingo Pueblo San Ysidro Stanley Tijeras Tome Torreon Veguita Willard Youngsville Bosque Farms Clines Corners Cochiti Pueblo Cochiti Lake Albuquerque Kirtland Afb Rio Rancho Gallup Brimhall Church Rock Continental Divide Crownpoint Fence Lake Fort Wingate Gamerco Mentmore Mexican Springs Ramah Rehoboth Thoreau Tohatchi Vanderwagen Zuni Navajo Jamestown Pinehill Sheep Springs Smith Lake Yatahey Farmington Aztec Blanco Bloomfield Flora Vista Fruitland Kirtland La Plata Navajo Dam Shiprock Waterflow Newcomb Sanostee Santa Fe Abiquiu Alcalde Amalia Arroyo Hondo Arroyo Seco Canjilon Canones Carson Cebolla Cerro Chama Chamisal Chimayo Cordova Costilla Taos Ski Valley Dixon Dulce El Prado El Rito Embudo Espanola Glorieta Hernandez Ilfeld La Madera Lamy Llano Los Alamos Medanales Ojo Caliente Los Ojos Pecos Penasco Petaca Questa Ranchos De Taos Red River Ribera Rowe San Cristobal San Jose San Juan Pueblo Santa Cruz Serafina Taos Tererro Tesuque Tierra Amarilla Trampas Tres Piedras Truchas Vadito Valdez Vallecitos Velarde Villanueva Las Vegas Angel Fire Anton Chico Buena Vista Chacon Cimarron Cleveland Eagle Nest Guadalupita Holman La Loma Maxwell Miami Mills Montezuma Mora Mosquero Ocate Ojo Feliz Rainsville Raton Rociada Roy Sapello Solano Springer Ute Park Valmora Wagon Mound Watrous Socorro Aragon Datil Lemitar Luna Magdalena Pie Town Polvadera Quemado Reserve San Acacia San Antonio Truth Or Consequences Arrey Caballo Derry Elephant Butte Garfield Hatch Monticello Rincon Salem Williamsburg Winston Las Cruces White Sands Missile Range Santa Teresa Playas Animas Anthony Arenas Valley Bayard Berino Buckhorn Santa Clara Chamberino Cliff Columbus Deming Dona Ana Fairacres Faywood Fort Bayard Gila Glenwood Hachita Hanover Hillsboro Hurley La Mesa Lordsburg Mesilla Mesilla Park Mesquite Mimbres Mule Creek Organ Pinos Altos Radium Springs Redrock Rodeo San Miguel Silver City Sunland Park Tyrone Vado Chaparral Clovis Cannon Afb Broadview Causey Crossroads Dora Elida Floyd Fort Sumner Grady House Kenna Lingo Melrose Milnesand Pep Portales Rogers Saint Vrain Taiban Texico Yeso Roswell Artesia Caprock Carlsbad Dexter Eunice Hagerman Hobbs Hope Jal Lake Arthur Lakewood Loco Hills Loving Lovington Mc Donald Malaga Maljamar Monument Tatum Whites City Carrizozo Alamogordo Alto Bent Capitan Cloudcroft Corona Encino Fort Stanton Glencoe High Rolls Mountain Park Holloman Air Force Base Hondo La Luz Lincoln Mayhill Mescalero Nogal Orogrande Picacho Pinon Ruidoso Ruidoso Downs Sacramento San Patricio Sunspot Timberon Tinnie Tularosa Vaughn Weed Tucumcari Amistad Bard Capulin Clayton Conchas Dam Cuervo Des Moines Folsom Garita Gladstone Grenville Logan Mc Alister Nara Visa Newkirk Quay San Jon Santa Rosa Sedan Trementina New Mexico.