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Overview
Population:97,393
Pop. Change:27%
State: New Mexico
Metro Area: Las Cruces Metro Area
County: Dona Ana County
City:Las Cruces
Zip Code:88001, 88005, ... 5 total
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Las Cruces's Real Estate Market
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Las Cruces Metro Area

Profile: Small city/College town

Location: South-central New Mexico along Rio Grande Valley, 45 miles north of El Paso, Texas

Elevation: 3881

Time zone: Mountain Standard Time

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Las Cruces is a small agricultural and transportation center and home to 17,000 New Mexico State University students. It is also the gateway to historic, geologic, and recreational sites, including White Sands National Monument to the northeast. The downtown is small, clean, and quiet, with an old-west style historic district converted to a pedestrian mall. The campus lies south of downtown with commercial/retail areas just east. Large employers include the university, the White Sands Missile Range, which still employs about 3000, a NASA test center and various government and health care institutions. There are some manufacturers and high tech firms but the employment base is small and current unemployment has risen. Although the area is reasonably close to El Paso and it has reasonably good air service for the size of town, these don’t relieve the feeling of isolation, and those not looking for a small, quiet desert city to settle in might not find enough to do.

Las Cruces is located in the broad, flat Mesilla Valley, a grazing area with desert hills and mountains on both sides. The alkali desert supports only limited and hardy vegetation and grasses, although there are areas of scrub trees in the hills and mountains. The southerly desert climate allows an abundance of sunshine year-round; hot, dry summer days; and cool evenings. Limited precipitation falls in summer as thundershowers. Winters are mild, sunny, and dry, although below-freezing temperatures happen about once every 3 days. First freeze is mid-December, last is mid-February.

Interesting Facts about Las_Cruces, New Mexico

As of 2014, Las Cruces's population is 97,393 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 27.48 percent.

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The median home cost in Las Cruces is $143,100. Home appreciation the last year has been -1.50 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Las Cruces's cost of living is 7.50% Lower than the U.S. average.

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Las Cruces public schools spend $11,118 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 14.9 students per teacher in Las Cruces.

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The unemployment rate in Las Cruces is 4.80 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Las Cruces jobs have Increased by 1.03 percent.


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Map Of Las_Cruces

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Average Commute time is 18 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Las Cruces's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes