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East Mountains New Mexico - 4/2/2006
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Teri
Spring, TX

I can't think of a more perfect place to retire.
Great climate. Kind people. Close to a big city, university and major medical but it is like being far away from all of that.
It is peaceful, and yes enchanting.

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A
Denver, CO

New Mexico robbed me of 5 years of my life - 10/22/2014

Somehow ended up in New Mexico. This was the worst decision I've ever made. After the allure of Santa Fe wore off (the facade doesn't last long--your realize it's full of rich white people, passive aggressive natives, and the poorest of the poor--and the art? That's terrible, too.), I moved to Albuquerque to try to start a new career as a nurse. I've never been more depressed, more anxious, more frightened that I would succumb to the pit of hell that is New Mexico. New Mexico is full of thieves, swindlers, and people perfectly content to sit in their mediocrity. If you need to get anything done, from renewing your car registration to paying tuition to getting your toilet fixed by a landlord or plumber---the infrastructure does not exist...at least not in the way it should. You will be cheated. You will be taken advantage of. You will not get want you need. Nothing makes sense there, as nobody follows the law, or even just common sense and decency; it's the wild west, and it's full of outlaws and corrupt people (including the state's leaders). You'll be threatened. And when you question why things are so awful, everyone will be aghast at your suggestion. Because everyone in NM thinks it is the most wonderful place on earth! There is nowhere else. And of course the balloons and green chile make up for the depravity. Even though the schools are bankrupt, the drug use is rampant, the teen pregnancy rate sky high...no, i's the best place ever. In New Mexico, I worked in schools, taught at community college, worked EMS, and in the hospitals as a nurse. I wouldn't return to NM if it were the last place on earth. There is something deeply unnerving about a place so far isolated, but one that is so in love with itself, so content to stay the same, with no movement towards improving itself or the status of its residents. The lack of greenery, the poverty, the bitterness--it's awful. People in New Mexico will not show you kindness, they will show you prejudice and disgust. And there is nothing heroic in sticking around to offer help, assistance, or insight to those who reside there. They don't want your help. They're happy just where they're at. Stay away from New Mexico. It will take pieces of you that will take a long time to get back. I am still working on that. It took a concerted, multi-year plan to finally get out of that place. Finally leaving was like fleeing from an abusive captor. I will never, ever return.

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Aly
Farmington, NM

Dry and sunny - 1/27/2013

For the most part, NM has wonderful weather. Lots of sunny days with bright blue skies and no humidity! However, if you have something like dry eye syndrome, this may not be a good place for you to live.

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J.
Chicago, IL

New Mexico - 10/18/2012

SperlingView, I'm so happy to read your response because it totally echos mine -- minus the daughter on the way to college. I knew I would live in NM at the age of 12 when my parents allowed me and 2 cousins to take a train ride to CA to visit my aunt. The train stopped in ALBQ and we were allowed to get off for a while. I almost missed the back on part, as I was in awe of what I saw. I have never lost that vision and someday I knew I would live in NM. I currently in Chicago and also on the early retirement track. I've been a lot of places and seen a lot of faces and not much phases me either. I'm totally about clean living, museums, theatre, good conversation and decent people. Perhaps we can compare notes, as I am planning a visit mid-year 2013.

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Brenda
Bullhead City, AZ

Arizona is very hot and i have and chronic obstruc - 9/3/2012

I can't travel far so i am looking into the states that are close by and california cost to much.

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Barbara
Santa Fe, NM

Best Places to Live - Santa Fe, NM - 8/15/2012

New review for Ida. I've lived in New Mexico off and on since 2003 and have been coming through this area for even longer. I have my vacation home here due to a seasonal gallery but would never live here permanently. It has changed so much from the New Mexico that I once knew. It is now a tourist trap and the locals that once made this place what it was are no longer here. They've moved. I just bought a lake cabin in Tennessee and am now looking for a place in Italy for retirement. That's not for everybody but what I am saying is that New Mexico is all but "enchanting." I hate it here and have tried to find reasons to stay. The only reason? The tourists. My gallery does well with a captured audience but you will only find me here May through September. Otherwise I am gone. I know you're from Texas and most Texans either come to New Mexico or Colorado but both states are not what they used to be. I lived in Colorado for 20 years and left because there are just too many people there with the same idea in mind. Not for me.

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Ida
Livingston, TX

searching for a new place to live - 5/28/2012

we have been in Santa Fe with our RV. Enjoy the climate and the beauty of the Santa Fe area. Trying to find out where to put down our roots. Northern New Mexico is very beautiful but does have its' challenges.

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Martin
Taos, NM

I traded my birthplace SF CA for an improvement in - 12/4/2009

I came to NM 13 yrs. ago. I was able to purchase acreage at 500.00 per acre and build an adobe home for under 30k. I escaped the greedy loan sharks and liberated myself from landlords after spending in my 25 yrs. over 150k in rent. I live more, work less and my house is paid for.I have solar hence no utility companies and 100.00 a month in propane and wood costs and a flat rate 35.00 month in a phone bill. The people are nice and more real as are the politicians compared to Caliwood. Never thought I would find a place preferable to Cali. and when I miss the more temperate climate and go back to visit, I am reminded of the horrendous traffic,over crowdedness,lack of breatheable clean air and prevailant gang activity. NM is rated as poor, econmically but it is rich in community, family values and more people are down to earth. I and many here are living proof that you can get out from underneathe the economic slavery.My friends in Calli thought I was a wingnut but now as they are facing the reality of the times they think I am lucky. Oh another thing is that the sun always shines here even with snow on the ground it comes nearly 360 days a year.

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Rosalie
Albuquerque, NM

Land of EnTRAPment - 9/17/2009

New Mexico is a beautiful state but the beauty is not worth living here. Crime is up, there are lots of immigrants who drive without a license and cause lots of accidents, DWI is a serious issue. In Albuquerque, (the largest city) there is nothing to do but drink if you are young. Downtown has a few bars but gets very boring after a few times. If you do go downtown some drunk idiot will most likely try picking a fight whit you or someone else. The only activities to do are some concerts, the state fair, watch a movie, go to a Lobo game or get outta town! Jobs are hard to come by and Santa Fe is the only place to work if you want to make a decent living but you will end up paying an arm and a leg just to be able to live in the "bad part" of town. If you enjoy hiking there are many trails you can go on plus some hot springs but honestly not worth it.

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Trendi
Rio Rancho, NM

Climate - 7/8/2009

Will always keep you guessing . .

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Abhd
Albuquerque, NM

In General - 9/21/2008

Has 300+ Days of Sunshine and is very dry. Almost no Tornadoes and No Hurricanes and almost no snow unless in the Mountains

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Abhd
Phoenix, AZ

Ha! You think it is hot there!? - 2/15/2008

I just have to laugh at folks that say NM is hot. Oh yeah big deal 105 F in the summer? HA! I live in Phoenix Az and in July it gets to an average 118 F...this lasts until September...then It is 105-110 until October.... The weather starts to get warm in May and by June it just gets hotter...July comes around...wow...I am just glad it is dry heat! Much much MUCH better then humidity. Oh and another thing...the pop in Phoenix is 1.5 MILLION..in Phoenix ALONE...talk about traffic...I just don't understand all these people on here complaining about heat and traffic?

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??
Rio Rancho, NM

Question - 1/17/2008

What will happen in 2008?

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Bernard
Albuquerque, NM

The Land of Enchantment - 12/19/2007

New Mexico is truly a land of enchantment. The weather is sunny and warm with mild winters. Its crystal blue skies and natural beauty are breathtaking. However, the relative humidity averages around 30% year round, so if you have allergy issues you may want to seek more humis climates.

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Bp
Torreon, NM

Its about the economy - 12/11/2007

Being an Anglo native New Mexican, I have grown up waiting for New Mexico to develop an economy that is not reliant on federal dollars. Fifty-one years I have waited and am still waiting. New Mexico is a government funded economy and the majority of the decent wage jobs all revolve around the two research labs, Los Alamos and Sandia Laboratories. Without them this state would die, as our politicians are fully aware. There are also more attorneys than can make a living here, so personal injury competition is fierce. The disparity between the minority well paid and the majority poor creates high tension. The tremendous influx of immigrants, both legal and illegal, from Mexico, Central America, and South America keeps wages deflated as well and businesses take full advantage of it, which makes it difficult for the citizenry to demand a living wage. There are many wonderful and beautiful aspects to New Mexico, but the economy is not one of them and a shortage of water is quickly becoming a major issue that has been ignored for too long.

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Bobby
Rio Rancho, NM

Wonderful climate. - 8/18/2007

The best part about living in New Mexico is the climate. You get all four seasons in the northern half of the state with mild summers and mild winters and long spring and fall seasons. The southern half of the state is more dry and has longer summers with very mild winters.

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Keif
Grants, NM

Rural New Mexico - 7/10/2007

I have lived in Grants 4 years now and really appreciate the climate and surrounding natural beauty. The property values are very affordable and businesses thrive on the rural population and interstate. This is a great foot-in-the-door opportunity for businesses of all types.

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Joan
Coventry, RI

retireing to N.M. ? - 5/25/2007

My husband and I are in the process of selling our home in Rhode Island and are looking into moving to New mexico, I have been there 4 to 5 times for the balloon festival and gathering of nations but still am not sure this is the place for us after reading some of the comments. My main concern is housing,rent buy? could someone please list the safe places to look and live in Abg. and give me about what a decent 2 bed appartment will cost?. I know about the weather and dessert heat because I lived in Ca for 21 years. Because of the traffic and cost of living I would not move back there again. Rhode Island is very expensive to live, taxes,housing and heating costs are sky high and would eat up our pensions. Need some advice, thanks

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Esteban
Santa Fe, NM

Weather - 4/15/2007

Great Weather but can be dry sometimes

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patrick
Gallina, NM

Albuquerque,Horrible place! - 3/5/2007

Albuquerque is mostly Gang infested, very dirty, way too much crime (unreported & reported). Very windy, winter nights in the upper 10's and summer highs in the low 100's... Don't be fooled...the entire west is booming. Most people who have been here for more than 3 years would agree: There are no nice neighborhood in Albuquerque, and there is a lot of hostility towards people that do not speak spanish. Good luck!

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Edward
Brookshire, TX

Air quality - 7/8/2006

We live in Texas, and are planning to retire to New Mexico. Some of the cities we can afford in NM have a very low Air Quality Index. Does that mean that we could get sick if we live in one of those communities? Where we live now, Brookshire, TX has an AQI of 68 Since we are mature citizens, we consider that Air Quality is important to consider a place to live the rest of your years. Thank you, Edward Solano

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