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 101,643 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 sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Las Cruces who work in office and administrative support (14.82%), sales jobs (10.79%), and teaching (8.48%).

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.

The overall education level of Las Cruces citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.22% 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 2010 was $22,132, 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 $88,528 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 57.22% 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 French .

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