Las Cruces, NM
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Las Cruces is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New Mexico. With a population of 101,759 people and 26 constituent neighborhoods, Las Cruces is the second largest community in New Mexico.

Unlike some cities, Las Cruces isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Las Cruces are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Las Cruces is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Las Cruces who work in office and administrative support (15.02%), sales jobs (10.15%), and teaching (8.46%).

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.

Las Cruces has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Las Cruces has quite a high level of public transit users. Las Cruces’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

In terms of college education, Las Cruces is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 33.27% of adults in Las Cruces have a college degree.

The per capita income in Las Cruces in 2010 was $22,070, which is upper middle income relative to New Mexico, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $88,280 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 58.13% 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 Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Las Cruces is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.