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Overview
Population:14,041
Pop. Change:31%
State: New Mexico
Metro Area: Las Cruces Metro Area
County: Dona Ana County
City: Chaparral
Zip Code:Chaparral (zip 88081)
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Chaparral's Real Estate Market
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 • 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
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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 Chaparral (zip 88081), New Mexico

As of 2014, Chaparral (zip 88081)'s population is 14,041 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 31.14 percent.

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The median home cost in Chaparral (zip 88081) is $66,500. Home appreciation the last year has been -1.30 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Chaparral (zip 88081)'s cost of living is 21.90% Lower than the U.S. average.

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Chaparral (zip 88081) public schools spend $11,118 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 19.4 students per teacher in Chaparral (zip 88081).

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The unemployment rate in Chaparral (zip 88081) is 6.80 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Chaparral (zip 88081) jobs have Increased by 1.03 percent.


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Map Of Chaparral

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Average Commute time is 29 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Chaparral (zip 88081)'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


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