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Las Cruces Real Estate

Las Cruces is the fastest-growing and second-largest city in New Mexico, with a population of about 100,000 friendly people. In the heart of the fertile Mesilla Valley, Las Cruces is the county seat of Doña Ana County, population of about 285,000, and is surrounded by the historic communities of La Mesilla, Doña Ana, and Hatch. The area is at an altitude of 3,800 feet above sea level, and has an abundance of sunshine, with an average of 350 sunny days each year. Las Cruces has all the conveniences of a modern city but retains the charm of its historic past. The city just celebrated its 150th anniversary.

Las Cruces is one of America’s most progressive and innovative communities. The city was recently ranked #1 small city on the Forbes/Milken Institute list of “Best Places for Business and Careers” and #2 on Money’s “Best Places to Retire.” Agriculture (chile, cotton, and pecans), New Mexico State University and White Sands Missile Range are key to the financial base of the area.  Just outside of Las Cruces is Spaceport America, which is the new home of Virgin Galactic.

The Las Cruces Public Schools offer 22 elementary schools, 7 middle schools, and 4 high schools. New Mexico State University comprises a 900-acre campus and enrolls 15,409 students from all 50 states and 87 nations. NMSU athletes compete in NCAA Division 1A intercollegiate athletics. NMSU also serves as home to many performing groups, including The Las Cruces Symphony, The Dona Ana Lyric Opera and the Mesilla Valley Concert Band.

Las Cruces was a historic crossroads of the Butterfield Trail thru El Paso Del Norte, a major trail of commerce, exploration, and travel. Our history includes colorful personalities such as Sheriff Pat Garrett, Billy the Kid, and Geronimo.

Celebrations reflecting our cultural diversity occur throughout the year. Annual festivities include balloon rallies, X-Prize Cup, wine and chile “wars”, fairs and rodeos, a Renaissance Craft Fair and the making of the world’s largest enchilada.

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