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.
Con: 40 miles to nearest airport
Best For: Outdoors and culture lovers
Cost of Living: 13.8% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $108,000
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.