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New Mexico’s
Top Cities for Fit Lifestyles

2020

Nicknamed The Land of Enchantment, New Mexico offers a wide array of vivid landscapes, national parks, and indoor recreations to keep any fitness routine unique. Stunning rose desert lands, forested mountains, and roaring rivers create a perfect place for thrilling outdoor activities. 30 million tourists visit New Mexico each year and bring a sense of adventure that builds positive mindsets and active routines. New Mexico’s strong cultural ties to nature infuse day-to-day routines with an aptitude for outdoor exploration and health-minded choices.  

Interesting things to know about New Mexico: 

  • New Mexico has more PhDs per capita than any other state. 
  • The Wilderness Act began in New Mexico to prioritize conservation. 
  • The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world.
17 %

The percentage of adults who report excessive drinking. Heavy drinking is linked to higher blood pressure, poorer liver function, increased stroke risk and larger waistlines.

18 %

The percentage of adults who report lack of physical activity.

26 %

The percentage of adults who report a BMI — or body mass index — above 30%. Higher BMI may be an indicator of greater risk to physical health.

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1
White Rock, New Mexico
White Rock
Fit Score: 84.68

White Rock, NM

Population 5,878
Exercise Opportunities 990
Physical Inactivity 130
Access to Healthy Food 50
Obesity 210
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.75
Smoking 100
Frequent Physical Distress 8
Poor Physical Health Days 3.1
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 180
Frequent Mental Distress 9

2
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Los Alamos
Fit Score: 83.93

Los Alamos, NM

Population 12,035
Exercise Opportunities 990
Physical Inactivity 130
Access to Healthy Food 50
Obesity 210
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.75
Smoking 100
Frequent Physical Distress 8
Poor Physical Health Days 3.1
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 180
Frequent Mental Distress 9

3
Truth Or Consequences, New Mexico
Truth Or Co.
Fit Score: 82.57

Truth Or Consequences, NM

Population 5,865
Exercise Opportunities 870
Physical Inactivity 240
Access to Healthy Food 210
Obesity 240
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.93
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 15
Poor Physical Health Days 4.5
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 130
Frequent Mental Distress 14

4
Eldorado At Santa Fe, New Mexico
Eldorado At.
Fit Score: 81.77

Eldorado At Santa Fe, NM

Population 6,203
Exercise Opportunities 770
Physical Inactivity 110
Access to Healthy Food 110
Obesity 140
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.14
Smoking 130
Frequent Physical Distress 12
Poor Physical Health Days 3.8
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 12

5
Edgewood, New Mexico
Edgewood
Fit Score: 81.55

Edgewood, NM

Population 6,130
Exercise Opportunities 900
Physical Inactivity 160
Access to Healthy Food 70
Obesity 230
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.42
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 12
Poor Physical Health Days 4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 12

6
Paradise Hills, New Mexico
Paradise Hi.
Fit Score: 81.44

Paradise Hills, NM

Population 5,576
Exercise Opportunities 900
Physical Inactivity 160
Access to Healthy Food 70
Obesity 230
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.42
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 12
Poor Physical Health Days 4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 12

7
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Rio Rancho
Fit Score: 81.39

Rio Rancho, NM

Population 98,023
Exercise Opportunities 900
Physical Inactivity 160
Access to Healthy Food 70
Obesity 230
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.42
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 12
Poor Physical Health Days 4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 12

8
Los Ranchos De Albuquerque, New Mexico
Los Ranchos.
Fit Score: 81.32

Los Ranchos De Albuquerque, NM

Population 6,119
Exercise Opportunities 900
Physical Inactivity 160
Access to Healthy Food 70
Obesity 230
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.42
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 12
Poor Physical Health Days 4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 12

9
Taos, New Mexico
Taos
Fit Score: 81.07

Taos, NM

Population 5,971
Exercise Opportunities 830
Physical Inactivity 150
Access to Healthy Food 210
Obesity 200
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.68
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 15
Poor Physical Health Days 4.2
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 140
Frequent Mental Distress 13

10
Ruidoso, New Mexico
Ruidoso
Fit Score: 80.95

Ruidoso, NM

Population 7,848
Exercise Opportunities 920
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 180
Obesity 230
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.96
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 12
Poor Physical Health Days 3.9
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 150
Frequent Mental Distress 12

11
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe
Fit Score: 80.93

Santa Fe, NM

Population 84,612
Exercise Opportunities 770
Physical Inactivity 110
Access to Healthy Food 110
Obesity 140
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.14
Smoking 130
Frequent Physical Distress 12
Poor Physical Health Days 3.8
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 12

12
North Valley, New Mexico
North Valle.
Fit Score: 80.91

North Valley, NM

Population 11,999
Exercise Opportunities 900
Physical Inactivity 160
Access to Healthy Food 70
Obesity 230
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.42
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 12
Poor Physical Health Days 4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 12

13
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Albuquerque
Fit Score: 80.9

Albuquerque, NM

Population 560,218
Exercise Opportunities 900
Physical Inactivity 160
Access to Healthy Food 70
Obesity 230
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.42
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 12
Poor Physical Health Days 4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 12

14
South Valley, New Mexico
South Valle.
Fit Score: 80.47

South Valley, NM

Population 41,391
Exercise Opportunities 900
Physical Inactivity 160
Access to Healthy Food 70
Obesity 230
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.42
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 12
Poor Physical Health Days 4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 12

15
Silver City, New Mexico
Silver City
Fit Score: 80.17

Silver City, NM

Population 9,529
Exercise Opportunities 790
Physical Inactivity 160
Access to Healthy Food 150
Obesity 230
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.1
Smoking 140
Frequent Physical Distress 13
Poor Physical Health Days 3.8
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 150
Frequent Mental Distress 12

16
Corrales, New Mexico
Corrales
Fit Score: 79.75

Corrales, NM

Population 8,678
Exercise Opportunities 860
Physical Inactivity 130
Access to Healthy Food 130
Obesity 240
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.45
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 12
Poor Physical Health Days 3.9
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 170
Frequent Mental Distress 12

17
Raton, New Mexico
Raton
Fit Score: 79.2

Raton, NM

Population 6,035
Exercise Opportunities 780
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 290
Obesity 250
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.61
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 14
Poor Physical Health Days 4.2
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 140
Frequent Mental Distress 13

18
Bernalillo, New Mexico
Bernalillo
Fit Score: 78.14

Bernalillo, NM

Population 10,105
Exercise Opportunities 860
Physical Inactivity 130
Access to Healthy Food 130
Obesity 240
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.45
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 12
Poor Physical Health Days 3.9
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 170
Frequent Mental Distress 12

19
Deming, New Mexico
Deming
Fit Score: 77.85

Deming, NM

Population 14,099
Exercise Opportunities 700
Physical Inactivity 230
Access to Healthy Food 170
Obesity 280
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.42
Smoking 190
Frequent Physical Distress 16
Poor Physical Health Days 4.3
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 140
Frequent Mental Distress 14

20
Bloomfield, New Mexico
Bloomfield
Fit Score: 77.59

Bloomfield, NM

Population 7,842
Exercise Opportunities 550
Physical Inactivity 230
Access to Healthy Food 180
Obesity 330
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.28
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 14
Poor Physical Health Days 4.5
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 140
Frequent Mental Distress 14

21
Farmington, New Mexico
Farmington
Fit Score: 77.58

Farmington, NM

Population 44,788
Exercise Opportunities 550
Physical Inactivity 230
Access to Healthy Food 180
Obesity 330
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.28
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 14
Poor Physical Health Days 4.5
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 140
Frequent Mental Distress 14

22
Española, New Mexico
Española
Fit Score: 77.14

Española, NM

Population 10,050
Exercise Opportunities 750
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 230
Obesity 270
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.89
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 15
Poor Physical Health Days 4.3
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 150
Frequent Mental Distress 14

23
Aztec, New Mexico
Aztec
Fit Score: 77.09

Aztec, NM

Population 6,442
Exercise Opportunities 550
Physical Inactivity 230
Access to Healthy Food 180
Obesity 330
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.28
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 14
Poor Physical Health Days 4.5
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 140
Frequent Mental Distress 14

24
North Hobbs, New Mexico
North Hobbs
Fit Score: 77.05

North Hobbs, NM

Population 6,083
Exercise Opportunities 830
Physical Inactivity 270
Access to Healthy Food 40
Obesity 320
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.66
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 13
Poor Physical Health Days 3.7
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 180
Frequent Mental Distress 11

25
Lee Acres, New Mexico
Lee Acres
Fit Score: 77

Lee Acres, NM

Population 5,784
Exercise Opportunities 550
Physical Inactivity 230
Access to Healthy Food 180
Obesity 330
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.28
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 14
Poor Physical Health Days 4.5
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 140
Frequent Mental Distress 14

26
Shiprock, New Mexico
Shiprock
Fit Score: 76.87

Shiprock, NM

Population 8,956
Exercise Opportunities 550
Physical Inactivity 230
Access to Healthy Food 180
Obesity 330
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.28
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 14
Poor Physical Health Days 4.5
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 140
Frequent Mental Distress 14

27
Hobbs, New Mexico
Hobbs
Fit Score: 76.6

Hobbs, NM

Population 38,277
Exercise Opportunities 830
Physical Inactivity 270
Access to Healthy Food 40
Obesity 320
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.66
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 13
Poor Physical Health Days 3.7
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 180
Frequent Mental Distress 11

28
Lovington, New Mexico
Lovington
Fit Score: 76.38

Lovington, NM

Population 11,288
Exercise Opportunities 830
Physical Inactivity 270
Access to Healthy Food 40
Obesity 320
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.66
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 13
Poor Physical Health Days 3.7
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 180
Frequent Mental Distress 11

29
Portales, New Mexico
Portales
Fit Score: 76.26

Portales, NM

Population 11,754
Exercise Opportunities 800
Physical Inactivity 260
Access to Healthy Food 140
Obesity 250
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.42
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 15
Poor Physical Health Days 4.2
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 14

30
Los Chaves, New Mexico
Los Chaves
Fit Score: 76.04

Los Chaves, NM

Population 5,380
Exercise Opportunities 470
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 240
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.21
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 14
Poor Physical Health Days 4.1
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 150
Frequent Mental Distress 13

31
Las Vegas, New Mexico
Las Vegas
Fit Score: 75.75

Las Vegas, NM

Population 13,107
Exercise Opportunities 670
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 280
Obesity 250
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.89
Smoking 170
Frequent Physical Distress 16
Poor Physical Health Days 4.3
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 150
Frequent Mental Distress 14

32
Los Lunas, New Mexico
Los Lunas
Fit Score: 75.69

Los Lunas, NM

Population 15,835
Exercise Opportunities 470
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 240
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.21
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 14
Poor Physical Health Days 4.1
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 150
Frequent Mental Distress 13

33
Socorro, New Mexico
Socorro
Fit Score: 74.88

Socorro, NM

Population 8,407
Exercise Opportunities 620
Physical Inactivity 220
Access to Healthy Food 220
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.82
Smoking 200
Frequent Physical Distress 15
Poor Physical Health Days 4.4
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 14

34
Belen, New Mexico
Belen
Fit Score: 74.83

Belen, NM

Population 7,116
Exercise Opportunities 470
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 240
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.21
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 14
Poor Physical Health Days 4.1
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 150
Frequent Mental Distress 13

35
Roswell, New Mexico
Roswell
Fit Score: 73.94

Roswell, NM

Population 47,635
Exercise Opportunities 710
Physical Inactivity 280
Access to Healthy Food 130
Obesity 310
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.59
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 14
Poor Physical Health Days 4.1
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 170
Frequent Mental Distress 13

36
Alamogordo, New Mexico
Alamogordo
Fit Score: 73.32

Alamogordo, NM

Population 31,701
Exercise Opportunities 540
Physical Inactivity 200
Access to Healthy Food 150
Obesity 280
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.35
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 14
Poor Physical Health Days 4.3
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 170
Frequent Mental Distress 13

37
Grants, New Mexico
Grants
Fit Score: 73.15

Grants, NM

Population 8,968
Exercise Opportunities 660
Physical Inactivity 250
Access to Healthy Food 220
Obesity 280
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.82
Smoking 220
Frequent Physical Distress 17
Poor Physical Health Days 4.6
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 160
Frequent Mental Distress 16

38
Carlsbad, New Mexico
Carlsbad
Fit Score: 72.6

Carlsbad, NM

Population 29,331
Exercise Opportunities 710
Physical Inactivity 240
Access to Healthy Food 130
Obesity 330
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.63
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 12
Poor Physical Health Days 3.9
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 11

39
Artesia, New Mexico
Artesia
Fit Score: 72.09

Artesia, NM

Population 12,268
Exercise Opportunities 710
Physical Inactivity 240
Access to Healthy Food 130
Obesity 330
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.63
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 12
Poor Physical Health Days 3.9
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 11

40
Clovis, New Mexico
Clovis
Fit Score: 70.97

Clovis, NM

Population 38,680
Exercise Opportunities 780
Physical Inactivity 270
Access to Healthy Food 150
Obesity 300
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.49
Smoking 210
Frequent Physical Distress 14
Poor Physical Health Days 4.1
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 13

41
Gallup, New Mexico
Gallup
Fit Score: 69

Gallup, NM

Population 21,929
Exercise Opportunities 430
Physical Inactivity 260
Access to Healthy Food 410
Obesity 370
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.1
Smoking 220
Frequent Physical Distress 20
Poor Physical Health Days 5.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 150
Frequent Mental Distress 19

42
Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico
Zuni Pueblo
Fit Score: 68.71

Zuni Pueblo, NM

Population 7,532
Exercise Opportunities 430
Physical Inactivity 260
Access to Healthy Food 410
Obesity 370
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.1
Smoking 220
Frequent Physical Distress 20
Poor Physical Health Days 5.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 150
Frequent Mental Distress 19

How Did We Determine the Top Cities for Fit Lifestyles?

We compiled our list of Best Cities for for Fit Lifestyle by looking at 11 key metrics backed by scientific research. Keep reading to find out which metrics we chose and how they affect slumber.