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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A-
Las Cruces is a city in New Mexico with a population of 101,459. Las Cruces is in Doña Ana County. Living in Las Cruces offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Las Cruces there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Las Cruces and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Las Cruces are above average.
About Las Cruces...
Population
101,459

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$149,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$757
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%
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Las Cruces Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    150
    283
  • Murder
    5
    6
  • Rape
    33
    41
  • Robbery
    50
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    811
    500
  • Theft
    3,612
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    255
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$41,215
National
$55,322
Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

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Las Cruces Reviews

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There's so much diversity here in Las Cruces. There's a variety of doctors to go to, several different places to go shopping, and lots of fun activities to participate in. It is definitely a college town, as there are several places in the area that offer discounts or special deals to college students. There's a bus for in-town travel, as well as easy access to cabs and ubers for people like myself without a vehicle. Makes it easy to get around town!
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My wife and I live Las Cruces. We retired from California and looked for a place that had: affordable new housing, college town with a diverse population, great weather, good retail/restaurants, live-music/arts culture, good hospitals/doctors, near major transportation hub. We sold our house in California and bought a new house for cash in spring 2018 with the equity. It's surprising that this great town is not better known as a retirement destination, but it seems like the news is getting out slowly but surely. We love the terrain, the climate (though hot in the summer) and not having to make a mortgage payment. Our house is well insulated with refrigerated air (not swamp cooled).
Las cruces can be vivacious in some areas of the city! University is always a rush and the Mexican food restaurants are to die for here! Best food for miles to say the least and if you know the right spots our hometown restaurant I dare to say beat out tons of others states Hispanic food restaurants! Nellies cafe and Chachis you just can’t pass up! As far as safety I feel the atmosphere is kept very peaceful and we have many ethnicities coming into the area with the college scene. Cruces is continually growing and jobs are always in demand which is great for the economy! Come to visit us here at Las Cruces if you ever get the chance and checkout our sight seeing tourist spots as well with some food filled with the las cruces culture!