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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Las Cruces is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 a nice balance between life in a moderately big city and the interesting diversions and culture that come from having a big college student population. The thousands of students who arrive on campus every fall will find that Las Cruces has plenty of amenities and opportunities for them, while residents of Las Cruces enjoy the lectures, music, art, and economic trickle-down that colleges typically provide. "Town and Gown" complement each other in Las Cruces.

Many people in Las Cruces take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Las Cruces citizens for affordable transportation.

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.