Las Cruces, New Mexico (NM)

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Las Cruces is a city in Doa Ana County, New Mexico, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 74,267. The population was 86,268 as of the 2006 census estimate, making it the second largest city in the state. Las Cruces is the center of an agricultural region irrigated by the Rio Grande, which flows just west of the city. The city of Las Cruces bisects the fertile Mesilla Valley, the flood plain of the Rio Grande which extends from Hatch, New Mexico to the west side of El Paso, Texas. Las Cruces is also the home of New Mexico State University. NMSU is New Mexico's only land grant university, citing more than 23,000 graduate and undergraduate students on the main campus and four branch campuses. The Organ Mountains are to the east of the city. Las Cruces has a council-manager form of government. It is the county seat of Doa Ana County[1].
Las Cruces is home to the annual Whole Enchilada Fiesta. The fiesta's main attraction is the creation of a very large (on average 10 feet in diameter) flat red enchilada by local restaurant owner Roberto Estrada. The fiesta offers live music, rides, food vendors, and other attractions typical of fairs. The fiesta's mascot, "Twefie" (taken from the abbreviation of the fiesta's name) is a large red chile pepper wearing a sombrero. At the 2004 event, Guinness World Records confirmed that Estrada had made the world's largest flat enchilada (There was a pre-existing record for world's longest rolled enchilada, but not for world's largest flat enchilada). In honor of the chile crop of New Mexico, the state has adopted "Red or Green" as its official state question to specify which type of chile is preferred by a patron at a restaurant. The Southern New Mexico State Fair is usually held only a few days after the end of the Whole Enchilada Fiesta.

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Stats about Las Cruces

Total Population: 74,483
Cost of Living
Median Household Income: $30,375
Median Home Value: $91,200
State sales tax: 5.0%

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whereto321 (currently lives here; has lived here for ):

"HOT and warm (seasons)"

Your city data needs updating I think.... population is around 100,000, ave. house price is higher (around $120,000) +/-, and the sales tax is around 7 %.

If you like very hot weather, this is a good place, w/ around a 5 month summer. Fall and winter has the nicest weather and is when people generally come out, incl. kids, who aren't out much in the summer.

COL is around average.

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Musicbabe (currently lives here; has lived here for Under 5 years):

"Nice weather year round"

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Musicbabe (currently lives here; has lived here for Under 5 years):

"Nice weather year round"

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saabguy328 (currently lives here; has lived here for Under 5 years):

"Advice to future retirees of Las Cruces"

I am 57 years old and I retired to Las Cruces last year. I LOVE it here! I am going to bring up a delicate issue because I have found a very small minority of people like me have retired here only to be very disappointed and they leave. If you move to Las Cruces, don't just move here because of the beautiful Organ Mountains, the dozens of nature preserves and arguably some of the best weather in the United States.

Las Cruces is diverse. Hispanics are the majority -- get over it! I used to live in a cookie cutter neighborhood in Indianapolis where everyone was white, republican and went to church every sunday. I was bored shitless there. That's why I'm here in Las Cruces. If you don't feel comfortable unless you are surrounded with people exactly like yourselves, don't move here. It's your loss, not Las Cruces. I have found the people of Las Cruces to be very open, friendly and polite. In 6 months, I had more friends here than I had in Indianapolis where I lived all my life.

By the way, New Mexico State University has over 20,000 students and the student population brings with it a lot of sports and cultural opportunities that make this city of 100,000 just big enough to find whatever you are looking for without being big, congested and impersonal.

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