Las Cruces is located in the fertile Mesilla Valley, an important agricultural region. With the increasing popularity of “buying local and organic”, retirees will enjoy shopping at the Las Cruces Farmers Market located in the Downtown Pedestrian Mall which is the historic “heart” of the city. Population: Wikipedia estimates the2008 population of the urban core to be 91,865 and the metropolitan area at 201,603 residents.
Climate: At 3900 ft. elevation, Las Cruces enjoys a dry climate with annual average precipitation of only 9.97 inches.
Cost of living: The cost of living in Las Cruces is 1% greater than the New Mexico average, and 3% greater than the national average.
Housing costs: The median home value in Las Cruces is 6.2% greater than the New Mexico average but still presents some affordable housing at 20.8% less than the national average.
Colleges and Universities: New Mexico State University is located here as is Doña Ana Community College.
Transportation:The nearest commercial airport is in El Paso, Texas. Likewise the nearest Amtrak station is in El Paso. Most folks get around by car in Las Cruces.
Travel and tourism: Retirees who enjoy countless days of blue skies and warm sunshine will love the outdoor activities here. A round of golf at any of the challenging desert courses will suit many retirees, or simply hiking or exploring the area will be delightful with over 350 days of sunshine a year.