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B+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  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 101,014. Las Cruces is in Doña Ana County. Living in Las Cruces offers residents a dense 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
101,014

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$150,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$770
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%
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Las Cruces Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    306.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    4.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    54.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    38.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    514.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,756.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    277.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    16%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%

Working in Las Cruces

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$40,924
National
$55,322
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Las Cruces Reviews

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I moved several times, LC being most resent and Oct 2018. I like it mostly for it's Hispanic culture. From Michigan originally, and I actually was expecting to feel somewhat out of place here. So wrong. People are more friendly, more ope to speak good things. I am comparing it to MI, OR, CA, FL. It rates #1 for it's people.
Larger than a small town but has the feel, a good feel. It has one Mall and that is enough!
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I love Las Cruces because of its community, culture, and creativity. Moving from Texas to New Mexico has allowed me to broaden my knowledge of Spanish speaking cultures and all the beauty that it withholds. Not only this, but there is a strong sense of community. The small city atmosphere allows for a personal connection between everyone who inhabits this town. The community is always so willing to help each other out. Lastly, its creativity is one to be mimicked. Every Saturday there is a local farmer's market downtown. This is a perfect opportunity for everyone to showcase their talents, hobbies, and creative minds. Overall, Las Cruces is a wonderful place to live.
Las Cruces is full of activities in which to participate, hiking is especially a great option! It's a city full of rich history from the historic plaza of Mesilla (right near Las Cruces) to the vibrant culture that lives within downtown.