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Overview

Introduction to Las Cruces, New Mexico

The New Mexico city of Las Cruces is located on the banks of the Rio Grande just west of the Organ Mountains in Doña Ana County. The city is situated at the crossroads of Interstates 10 and 25 in the southern part of New Mexico, about 45 miles north of El Paso, Texas. The city is also serviced by U.S. Routes 70 and 180, and New Mexico State Highways 28, 101, 185, 188, 292, 320, 373, and 478. Las Cruces is home to New Mexico State University (NMSU), the state's only land-grant institution.

Las Cruces is Spanish for "The Crosses." There are numerous theories on exactly how the city got its name, ranging from local legends about crosses erected to honor past victims of Indian raids to simply an early Spanish geographic description of the city as a "crossing" or "crossroads." Incorporated in 1907, Las Cruces has benefited from the presence of the University and since the latter half of the 20th century has seen its economy grow primarily due to the advent of the nearby White Sands Missile Range and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) facilities located in the area.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Las Cruces is rich in attractions that celebrate the city’s history and cultural diversity. The annual Whole Enchilada Fiesta is a huge event held every September where downtown Las Cruces is transformed into one big street party complete with food, live music, rides, a parade, and the creation of a very large enchilada (the 2004 version was cited by the Guinness Book of Records as the worlds largest). The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum features hands-on displays and live demonstrations charting the history of agriculture in the state. Historic Old Mesilla, only minutes from Las Cruses, is a quaint town highlighted by a plaza filled with shops, boutiques, and restaurants. Other attractions and events include the following:

  • A. R. Leding Cactus Garden
  • Aguirre Springs National Recreation Area
  • Bataan Death March Memorial
  • Fort Selden State Monument
  • La Viña Blues & Jazz Thing (April)
  • Cinco de Mayo Fiesta (May)
  • La Viña Wine Festival (October)
  • Cowboy Days (October)
  • Renaissance ArtsFaire (November)

Fans looking for local sports action can find it in the form of collegiate athletics. The New Mexico State University sports teams, known as the Aggies, compete in the Western Athletic Conference. Major rivalries exist between the Aggies and the University of New Mexico (UNM), and also between the Aggies and the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). The closest professional sports team is located in nearby El Paso (about 45 minutes away). The El Paso Diablos are an independent minor league baseball team competing in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.

Demographics

People

Total Population101,459
Male Share of the Population49.2%
Female Share of the Population50.8%
Senior Citizens14.6%
Employed Population 16+43,527
Age of the Population32

Families

% of people married41.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher33.3%
Median Earnings25+$28,267
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$12,398
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,528

Wealth

Median Family Income$51,966
% Above Poverty Level75.6%
% Below Poverty Level24.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.3%
% Using Public Transportation0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone29.9%
Median Gross Rent$757
Median House Value$149,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)61.4%
German7%
Irish4.8%
English4.7%
Italian2%
Scottish1.3%
French Except Basque1.1%
Polish1%
Norwegian0.8%
Russian0.7%
Dutch0.6%
Swedish0.4%
Finnish0.3%
African0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Arab0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Nigerian0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Greek0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
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Las Cruces Almanac

CategoryValue
County Do�a Ana County, Doña Ana County
Standard Zip Codes88001, 88005, 88007, 88011, 88012, 88002
P.O. Box Zip Codes88003, 88004, 88006, 88013
Phone Area Codes575, 505
Time ZoneAmerica/Denver
Approximate Latitude32.29
Approximate Longitude-106.75

Las Cruces Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationJORNADA EXP RANGE
Distance20.5 miles
Jan Temp21 to 57 F
Apr Temp37 to 77 F
Jul Temp63 to 95 F
Oct Temp40 to 78 F
Annual Precip11.4 inches
StationALEMAN RANCH
Distance43.1 miles
Jan Temp24 to 55 F
Apr Temp38 to 75 F
Jul Temp63 to 93 F
Oct Temp42 to 75 F
Annual Precip11.3 inches
StationYSLETA
Distance49 miles
Jan Temp29 to 61 F
Apr Temp47 to 81 F
Jul Temp69 to 99 F
Oct Temp48 to 81 F
Annual Precip9.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Mesilla2,486$62,554

Las Cruces Public Libraries

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library
200 E. PICACHO AVE.
Las Cruces, New Mexico
(575) 528-4000

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Las Cruces Hospitals

Rehabilitation Hospital Of Southern New Mexico
(Proprietary)
4441 East Lohman Avenue
(575) 521-6400
Memorial Medical Center
(Proprietary)
2450 South Telshor Boulevard
(575) 522-8641
Mountain View Regional Medical Center
(Proprietary)
4311 East Lohman Avenue
(575) 556-7600
Tenet Sun View Imaging Llc
2525 S Telshor Blvd
Advanced Care Hospital Of Southern New Mexico
(Proprietary)
4451 East Lohman Avenue
(575) 521-6607
Mesilla Valley Hospital
(Proprietary)
3751 Del Rey Boulevard
(800) 877-3500

Las Cruces Public Schools

Alameda Elementary
505 South Main Ste 249
ZIP: 87114
(505) 527-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 479
Arrowhead Park Medical Academy
3600 Arrowhead Drive
ZIP: 88001
(555) 555-5555
Other
Total Enrollment 58
Aztec Youth Academy
10015 Robert Larnson
ZIP: 88001
(505) 526-5900
High
Total Enrollment 23
Booker T. Washington
755 East Chestnut Ave
ZIP: 88001
(505) 527-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 384
Central Elementary
150 North Alameda Blvd
ZIP: 88001
(505) 527-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 268
Cesar Chavez Elementary
5250 Holman Rd
ZIP: 88001
(505) 527-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 607
Conlee Elementary
1701 Boston Dr
ZIP: 88001
(505) 527-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 532
Desert Hills Elementary
280 North Rdrunner Pky
ZIP: 88001
(505) 527-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 607
Dona Ana Elementary
5551 Camino De Flores
ZIP: 88001
(505) 527-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 382
East Picacho Elementary
4450 North Valley Dr
ZIP: 88001
(505) 527-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 525
Fairacres Elementary
4501 West Picacho Ave
ZIP: 88001
(505) 527-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 483
Hermosa Hgts Elementary
1655 East Amador Ave
ZIP: 88001
(505) 527-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 496
Hillrise Elementary
1400 South Curnutt St
ZIP: 88001
(505) 527-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 557
Jornada Elementary
3400 Elks Dr
ZIP: 88001
(505) 527-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 540
La Academia Dolores Huerta
1480 North Main
ZIP: 88001
(555) 555-5555
Middle
Total Enrollment 165
Las Cruces High
1750 El Paseo Rd
ZIP: 88001
(505) 527-5800
High
Total Enrollment 1661
Las Montanas Charter
201 East Lohman
ZIP: 88001
(505) 527-5800
High
Total Enrollment 177
Loma Heights Elementary
1600 East Madrid
ZIP: 88001
(505) 527-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 503
Lynn Middle
950 South Walnut St
ZIP: 88001
(505) 527-5800
Middle
Total Enrollment 796
Mac Arthur Elementary
1100 Macarthur Rd Nw
ZIP: 88001
(505) 527-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 467
Mayfield High
1955 North Valley Dr
ZIP: 88001
(505) 527-5800
High
Total Enrollment 1499
Mesa Middle
7225 Jornada Rd North
ZIP: 88001
(575) 627-2800
Middle
Total Enrollment 623
Mesilla Elementary
2363 Calle Del Sur
ZIP: 88001
(505) 527-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 326
Mesilla Park Elementary
955 West Union Ave
ZIP: 88001
(505) 527-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 475
New America School - Las Cruces
207 S Main St
ZIP: 88001
(555) 555-5555
High
Total Enrollment 326
Onate High
5700 Mesa Grande Dr
ZIP: 88001
(505) 527-5800
High
Total Enrollment 1585
Picacho Middle
1040 North Motel Blvd
ZIP: 88001
(505) 527-5800
Middle
Total Enrollment 779
Sierra Middle
1700 Spruce Ave
ZIP: 88001
(505) 527-5800
Middle
Total Enrollment 848
Sunrise Elementary
5300 Holman Rd
ZIP: 88001
(505) 527-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 436
Tombaugh Elementary
226 Carver Rd
ZIP: 88001
(505) 527-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 688
University Hills Elementary
2005 South Locust St
ZIP: 88001
(505) 527-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 392
Vista Middle
4465 Elks Dr
ZIP: 88001
(505) 527-5800
Middle
Total Enrollment 686
White Sands Elementary
White Sands Missile Range
ZIP: 88001
(505) 527-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 320
Zia Middle
1300 West University Ave
ZIP: 88001
(505) 527-5800
Middle
Total Enrollment 776
Southern Nm Correction
1983 Joe R Silva Blvd
ZIP: 88004
(575) 523-3200
High
Alma D'arte Charter
402 W Court Ave
ZIP: 88005
(575) 541-0145
High
Total Enrollment 199
Columbia Elementary
4555 Elks Dr
ZIP: 88005
(505) 527-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 489
Camino Real Middle
2961 Rdrunner Pky
ZIP: 88011
(505) 527-5800
Middle
Total Enrollment 748
Centennial High School
1950 S Sonoma Ranch Blvd
ZIP: 88011
(555) 555-5555
High
Total Enrollment 1456
Sonoma Elementary
4201 Northrise Dr
ZIP: 88011
(505) 527-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 646
Early College High School
3400 South Espina St
ZIP: 88012
(505) 527-9540
High
Total Enrollment 435
J Paul Taylor Academy
3900 Del Rey
ZIP: 88012
(555) 555-5555
Primary
Total Enrollment 190
Monte Vista Elementary
4675 Peachtree Hills
ZIP: 88012
(505) 268-3520
Primary
Total Enrollment 491

Las Cruces Private Schools

College Heights Kindergarten
1210 Wofford Dr
ZIP: 88001
Elementary
Total Enrollment 21
Las Cruces Academy
212 S Main St
ZIP: 88001
Elementary
Total Enrollment 27
Mesilla Valley Christian Schools
3850 Stern Dr
ZIP: 88001
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 422
Las Cruces Catholic School
1331 N Miranda St
ZIP: 88005
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 221
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