Las Cruces is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New Mexico. With a population of 103,432 people and 26 constituent neighborhoods, Las Cruces is the second largest community in New Mexico.
Las Cruces is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.99% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Las Cruces is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Las Cruces who work in office and administrative support (14.20%), sales jobs (10.00%), and food service (8.97%).
Also of interest is that Las Cruces has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Las Cruces is made interesting by being both a reasonably big city and having a major college student population: students here will find that the city provides a lot of amenities, culture, and opportunities for them. Las Cruces is more than just a college town, however, though the thousands of students certainly are a major part of the character of the city, as well as a contributor to the local economy.
Not only is Las Cruces a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Las Cruces a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
The overall education level of Las Cruces citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 32.63% of adults in Las Cruces have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in Las Cruces in 2018 was $23,124, which is upper middle income relative to New Mexico, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $92,496 for a family of four. However, Las Cruces contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Las Cruces is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Las Cruces home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Las Cruces, accounting for 60.17% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Las Cruces residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Las Cruces include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Las Cruces is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.