Sandoval County ranks 11th as the best county to live in New Mexico by Niche, which combines dozens of data sets with millions of reviews to produce comprehensive rankings, report cards, and profiles for every K-12 school, college, and neighborhood in the U.S. Sandoval gets high marks (As) for Diversity, Weather, Health and Fitness and Outdoor Activities and relatively low marks (Cs) for Cost of Living, Schools, Housing and Commute. Overall the county gets a grade of B.
According to a University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health study published in 2020, Sandoval County ranks 2nd in Health Outcomes and 3rd in Health Factors in the state. Health Outcomes include length of life and quality of life. Health Factors involve Health Behaviors, Clinical Care, Social and Economic Factors and Physical Environment.
Other Interesting Factors*
- Sandoval County has a relatively low poverty rate (14%) compared to the New Mexico average (20%).
- Median household income is $59K compared to state average of $48K.
- Average age in county is 40 and 37 1/2 in NM.
- The county has a high %tage of homeowners (78%) vs renters compared to the state (68%).
- Sandoval has the newest stock of housing, on average, in New Mexico.
*New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority Report 2020.
Living in Sandoval County is pretty good, compared with other parts of New Mexico. Besides seeing the majesty of the Sandia Mountains every day and the meandering of the Rio Grande through the countryside, the people of the county do make it a desirable place to reside. Things could be better and the county Democrats are trying to do just that.