Some Las Cruces New Mexico Facts
Las Cruces: 95,000
Doña Ana County: 200,000
Elevation: 3,896 feet
Las Cruces is located in southern New Mexico. We are on the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, at the foot of the Organ Mountains and along the banks of the Rio Grande. Las Cruces is 225 miles south of Albuquerque, NM, 275 miles east of Tucson, AZ and 42 miles west of El Paso, TX.
Las Cruces enjoys 350 days of sunshine a year. Temperatures in the summer months routinely reach the high 90s, with nighttime lows in the 60s. The fall air is a bit cooler with daytime highs of mid 70s to low 80s. During the winter, when northern states are digging themselves out from under the snow, Las Cruces basks in daytime temperatures ranging from the upper 50s to lower 60s. As spring arrives in March and April, temperatures climb steadily from the low to high 80s. Las Cruces receives an average of 8.5 inches of rain per year and no more than two inches of snow in the winter.
Getting to Las Cruces
Most air travel is through the El Paso International Airport, located less than one hour south of Las Cruces in El Paso, TX. The airport accommodates most major commercial airlines and has direct shuttle services from the airport to several points in Las Cruces. The Las Cruces International Airport is equipped to service private and charter aircraft.
If you are traveling to Las Cruces by car, we are located at the intersection of interstates 10 (east-west) and 25 (north-south) in southern New Mexico.
Occasionally, Highway 70 heading east out of Las Cruces is temporarily closed for a short period of time due to testing at White Sands Missile Range. Call in advance if you are planning to head that direction.
Awards and Recognition
AARP – Top 10 Sunny Places to Retire, 2012
Forbes – One of the Best Places to Retire in 2014
PARADE Magazine – Top 25 Hardest Working Towns in America , 2012
Guidebook America – One of the country’s Top 10 Spring Break Destinations for Families, 2012
US News & World Report – 10 Cities for Real Estate Steals, 2010, Best Retirement Destination, 2015
US News & World Report, National Universities Rankings – Tier 1 Institution (NMSU), 2014
Sunset Magazine – 20 Best Towns of the Future, 2010
AARP The Magazine – Dream Towns to Retire, 2006, 2010
Facilities & Destinations Magazine – Top Destination, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009
Inc. Magazine – One of 2007’s Top 20 Boomtowns
Money Magazine – One of the Best College Towns to Retire, 2005
National Motorcoach Network – Top 50 Motorcoach Destinations in the United States 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Hispanic Magazine – Top 10 Cities for Hispanics to Live, 2002, 2003
Forbes/Milken Institute – Best Small Metro Area for Business & Careers, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2013
Family Digest – Best Place to Live, 2002
Money Magazine – One of the Best Places to Retire, 2002
Where to Retire Magazine – One of America ’s Top 100 Retirement Towns, 2001
Global Trade Magazine – Las Cruces named a “Best City for Global Trade 2015”
KaBOOM! In partnership with the Humana Foundation – “Playful City USA” Community 2013, 2014
First STAR Community to be recognized in New Mexico as a sustainable community that includes a healthy environment, a strong economy and the well-being of the people living in Las Cruces, 2015