By Emily Crowe
CNJ STAFF WRITER
When it comes to the best cities for young families in New Mexico, Clovis was recently ranked number six by a consumer advocacy website, and Portales stands at number seven.
NerdWallet used data from across the Internet to make the determination based on quality of public schools, affordability of living and growth and prosperity of the city.
According to the website, “Clovis is in Curry County, in the eastern part of the state. The Census declared it and neighboring Portales a microplex in 2003, which has helped bring in new businesses. The two cities share a customer base of 50,000 people, and it is considered a retail hub.”
“I think there’s a number of things that probably brought that to be,” said Clovis Mayor David Lansford. “I think primarily it’s our school system.”
Lansford said there are recreational opportunities in the community for young families including soccer, basketball, football, band and dance programs.
“I think Clovis has always been a great place for family,” he said. “The enhancements that have been made over the last few years have added more value to the community in that respect. I’m hopeful that continues.”
The website touted Portales’ status as a retail hub, as well as recreational opportunities.
The website touted the city’s public parks, baseball fields and tennis courts, and its proximity to Oasis State Park where residents can picnic, hike, camp and fish.
Portales Mayor Sharon King said the city’s wonderful recreation program for young children makes it appealing for young families, as well as the fact that it is a safe community.
“We do put emphasis on quality of life issues in Portales,” she said.
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