What is the best gay city to live in New Mexico?
Which city in New Mexico is the top LGBTQ-friendliness while being the most affordable? Find out here on this episode. Then, let us help you reach financial sustainability and independence by eliminating credit card debt with the free 7-Step Credit Card Debt Slasher.
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What’s the most affordable, LGBTQ+ friendly City in New Mexico? Let’s find out.
What’s the runner-up city in New Mexico for affordability and LGBTQ+-friendliness? Las Cruces. Why? Las Cruces is tied for #2 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index at 73. Las Cruces’ incomes are on the lower end at $44,000 yearly for median incomes and $58,000 for average incomes. The cost of living is the second lowest at 87.6%. Home values are the second lowest at $272,000 on average. Rents are also the second lowest at $1,433 per month.
What’s the winning city in New Mexico for affordability and LGBTQ+-friendliness? Albuquerque! Why? Albuquerque’s the only city in New Mexico with a 100 on HRC’s MEI. Albuquerque has the highest average and median incomes at $52,000 a year and $67,000 a year, respectively. Albuquerque’s cost of living is the second highest in New Mexico at 97.9%. Home values are in the middle at $308,000 on average, and rents are also in the middle at $1,486 a month.
What are some great things about Albuquerque, locally called ABQ or AlbuQuirky? It’s the birthplace of Vivian Vance, Lucy’s sidekick Ethel. It’s also been the location for filming The Grapes of Wrath, Easy Rider, and Breaking Bad. If you love Southwestern-style food, roasting green chilis, and adobe-style architecture, you’ll love Albuquerque. The gayborhood is the bohemian-influenced Nob Hill right on historic Route 66 with many gay clubs and bars and hosts a beautiful hot air balloon festival of over 700 balloons yearly. Pride is typically the weekend in June.
Congratulations, Las Cruces and Albuquerque!
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