About Las Cruces, New Mexico

With its affordable cost of living, outstanding views of the Organ Mountains and desirable climate, the city of Las Cruces is quietly becoming a premier retirement location.

This second largest city in New Mexico (2006 estimated population of 86,000) is a sparkling fusion of cultures and of old and new.  There is something for everyone!

Located just off of Interstates 10 and 25, Las Cruces boasts an average of 350 days a year of sunshine and an average of less that 9 inches of rain per year.

Clear night time skies make star gazing a popular pastime. Nearby White Sands National Monument offers spectacular “Full Moon Nights” and a yearly “Star Party” with amateur astronomers and telescope viewing of the night sky.

The annual Mesilla Valley Balloon Rally paints the clear blue sky with a kaleidoscope of shapes and colors.

Las Cruces is within driving distance of:

  • Albuquerque (approximately 3 hours)
  • Carlsbad (approximately 4 hours)
  • El Paso (approximately 1 hour)
  • Ruidoso (approximately 2 hours)
  • Santa Fe (approximately 4 hours)
  • Tucson, Arizona (approximately 3.5 hours)

Las Cruces is the site of many annual events and celebrations that cover a broad range of interests. The Whole Enchilada Festival, the International Mariachi Conference and Concerts, the Renaissance ArtsFaire, Cowboys Days, X Prize Cup, the Southern New Mexico State Fair, Southern New Mexico Wine Festivals and Dia de los Muertos celebrations are just a few of the events.

Las Cruces is home to the state’s second largest university, New Mexico State University. The main campus has an enrollment of approximately 18,500 students (the total enrollment of all campuses is approximately 30,000 students). In addition to providing educational opportunities, the university also sponsors many cultural activities and is the performance venue for the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra.

The New Mexico State Aggies indoor sporting events (basketball, volleyball) take place at the Pan American Center and football games are at Memorial Stadium. The Pan American Center hosts not only indoor sporting events, but also concerts for many nationally known entertainers.

Las Cruces continues to earn country wide recognition . . . most recent are:

  • One of Inc. Magazine’s 2007 Boomtowns
  • One of AARP’s 2006 “Dream Towns” to retire
  • One of the Best College Towns to Retire – Money Magazine November 2005
  • Milken Institute #8 Best-Performing Small Cities 2010
  • Forbes Magazine #14 Best Small Places for Business and Careers 2011

Located in the fertile Mesilla Valley Las Cruces is a top producer of chile and pecans. The local farmers and craft market features seasonal offerings all year round.

Las Cruces is home to 4 golf courses: Las Cruces Country Club (private), New Mexico State University Golf Course (public), Picacho Hills Country Club (private) and Sonoma Ranch Golf Course (public).

Las Cruces is a growing artist community with 40 galleries and over 200 artists.

If you are looking for a place to live with an attractive cost of living, wonderful climate, magnificent views of the mountains and cultural diversity, Las Cruces is the place for you!