Las Cruces, NM

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Living in Las Cruces

Las Cruces is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New Mexico. With a population of 111,385 people and 40 constituent neighborhoods, Las Cruces is the second largest community in New Mexico.

Las Cruces is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.17% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. 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 (13.94%), teaching (9.47%), and sales jobs (9.03%).

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.

Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Las Cruces really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Las Cruces is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Las Cruces more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Las Cruces’s character and quality of life.

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, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Las Cruces is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Las Cruces a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

The education level of Las Cruces citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 36.81% of adults in Las Cruces have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Las Cruces in 2018 was $24,674, 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 $98,696 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 French.

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