He cites Deming’s high unemployment rate – a rate he calls “out-of-this-world high” – as a main reason for his low opinion of Deming, along with the area’s average household income.
Statistics show Deming’s average household income at $26,767. According to the U.S. Census, the poverty level for a family of four is $24,000. So, James reasons, the people in Deming are barely making ends meet.
And he says that crime, while not sky high, is still above average for the state.
James also says the local public education system is rated very low in terms of the number of dollars spent per student.
And he cites lack of entertainment opportunities as an issue.
James said someone talking about Deming on City-Data said, “Lots of vacant and/or underutilized commercial property and storefronts, businesses closing, some fairly grim housing – it just seems to lose a little more air every time I’m through there.”
James did say the data doesn’t measure things like beauty and ‘friendly people.’
Deming tops James’ list of worst places to live in New Mexico, followed by Chaparral, Belen, Meadow Lake and Truth or Consequences.