Las Cruces, New Mexico – Retirement Guide

Las Cruces, New Mexico   Retirement Guide

As one of the Southwest’s more dramatic sights, the view from Las Cruces of the jagged Organ Mountains piercing the sapphire-blue sky is sure to strike awe in the hearts of retirees considering a move to New Mexico. Still, the sunny town of Las Cruces is no wilderness outpost.

The town of nearly 100,000 people is New Mexico’s second largest city, home to a major university as well as diverse cultural attractions. These factors, plus an affordable cost of living — measured at nearly 14% lower than the national average — have been cause in recent years for a flood of retirees to relocate here. Several active adult communities can be found throughout the town, and median home prices are hovering around $108,000.

The town’s natural beauty is breathtaking, and active retirees can enjoy the town’s 4 scenic year-round golf courses. Meanwhile, culture seekers have plenty to explore, as well. Las Cruces has a vibrant history. Signs of civilization in the area date back centuries; the region was once home to Apaches, Pueblos and Navajos and their influences can be found in the town’s adobe-style architectures, crafts, such as silver and turquoise jewelry, and cuisine.

Pros: Low cost of living, access to cultural activities and golf
Con: 40 miles to nearest airport

At a Glance
Best For: Outdoors and culture lovers
Population: 99,665
Cost of Living: 13.8% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $108,000
Unemployment: 5.4%
Top State Income Tax: 4.9%
Crime Rate: 8% higher than national average

Four museums, including the Las Cruces Museum of Natural History are located here, and New Mexico State University is also in town, offering retirees access to continuing education courses, as well as a symphony, and theater. Las Cruces also hosts a number of annual festivals, including the Whole Enchilada Festival, 2 wine festivals and a Day of the Dead celebration.

Perhaps Las Cruces’s major flaw is its location. The town is situated some 40 miles from the nearest international airport, El Paso International. Some retirees find this lack of nearby transportation isolating.

Top Retirement Cities in New Mexico:  Albuquerque | Las Cruces | Santa Fe

Photo by Lane 4 Imaging via Flickr. All statistics were up to date as of publication. See these sources for the most current data.