Downtown Las Cruces, New Mexico…

and the surrounding historic neighborhoods have always been the heart of the city and the region.

Located within the rich Mesilla Valley, Las Cruces enjoys a laid-back way of life but has easy access to the major metropolises of El Paso, Albuquerque and the active Santa Teresa Borderplex.

The population of Las Cruces is just over 100,000, with a metropolitan-area population nearing the 300,000 mark. Active industries in the area include health care, government (Whitesands Missile Range is 25 miles away), agriculture and aerospace engineering. Dona Ana Community College and New Mexico State University (a land grant university) help to prepare students for careers in these fields and many others.

Rich in assets, Las Cruces boasts about 350 days a year of sun and mild winters. In 2014, President Obama designated the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks a National Monument, which is complemented by the nearby Rio Grande. The diverse landscape, weather, moderate home prices and proximity to many tourist destinations and attractions have led to Las Cruces’s many recent rankings such as: