Vlogger’s video takes aim at Land of Enchantment

New Mexico

People around the country are seeing a new video that paints New Mexico in a very unflattering light.

It’s called, “Top 10 reasons NOT to move to New Mexico.”

A very popular west coast vlogger posted the video on YouTube last week. He does this to a lot of states, but he was particularly harsh on New Mexico.  

“I don’t think there is any reason to not live here,” said Jacob Bottoms of Albuquerque. 

From high crime to high sales taxes, the YouTube account “World According to Briggs” broke down the top ten reasons not to move to New Mexico.

“Number three: If you have school-age kids and you really don’t like them, enroll them into a New Mexico school district. Their school reviews are consistently bad.”

Oregon-based Jim Briggs makes these types of videos for states all around the country. His videos are viewed by hundreds of thousands of people. Two of the criticisms — there’s a lot of nothing in New Mexico, and the weather.

“Open roads?” Rosalind Benoit of Albuquerque said. 

“Heat? Yeah, it’s always hot and dry heat,” said Scotty Allen of Albuquerque. “But you know what? I don’t like humidity all that much.”

While some were confused by the reasoning, others agreed some of the points make sense.

“I would have to agree that education and poverty is definitely a big one,” said Jessie Morgan of Albuquerque. “And that has a lot to do with the financial problems with the state.”

Mala Htun said, “I think this person is right that we do have problems in New Mexico. We’re not alone, many states in the country have problems.”

In Albuquerque, the mayor’s office conceded some of the problems in the video are very real.

“I know crime is a big concern for everybody in the city, but we’re really trying to tackle crime from outside,” said Rachael Maestas with the city’s Economic Development Department. “That means reforming APD, that means working on homelessness issues.”

Other New Mexicans realize work needs to be done.

“Anytime I come across a problem like that, like the schools suck, that doesn’t make me want to leave necessarily as it makes me want to contribute to a local economy and make it better,” Benoit said.

Briggs does make these videos for a lot of different states, and he says that he plans to make a positive video about New Mexico in the near future. Briggs also took aim at the state’s poor job market and the inability to bring high-paying jobs here.

You can watch the full video here.

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