Why Las Cruces is Ranked The Best

Over the past 15 years Las Cruces, New Mexico has been consistently ranked as one of America’s best places to Live, Work and Retire. This culturally rich city offers it residents a very unique living experience with over 340 days of sunshine. Located in southern New Mexico in the heart of the Desert Peaks, Organ Mountain National Monument, it is nothing short of spectacular lying at the base of the Organ Mountains in the historic Mesilla Valley, a rich agricultural area feed by the Rio Grande River.


Protected monument lands, filled with abundant wildlife that includes a wide variety of migratory birds, eagles, hawks and deer, surround Las Cruces. The area is especially rich with history like the Plaza at Old Mesilla, where legendary Old West Sheriff Pat Garrett worked from to protected the territory from outlaws like Billy The Kid and stagecoaches stopped on their long journey across the Butterfield trail. Fort Selden, a U.S Calvary fort, the Prehistoric Trackway and the White Sands National Monuments also contribute to the areas unique history.




Las Cruces and the Mesilla Valley are famous for having the world’s best Mexican food, the largest Famer’s Market in the U.S. and the area provides great opportunities for golf, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, camping, and wildlife viewing and photography.

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  • Sunset Magazine: Best Sustainable Community Runner Up

    “Cities like Davis, California, or Boulder, Colorado, may be more famous as bike-friendly cities, but Las Cruces is gaining on them. It’s creating a network of bike lanes and routes that just earned it recognition from The League of American Bicyclists. Good biking and world-famous green chiles—not a bad combination. Population:101,300. Median home price:$218,500.”

  • AARP Magazine: Best Places to Retire

    “Like many residents of Las Cruces, Tina and Doug Bailey are happy to talk about the city’s wonderful weather, the cultural perks that come with living in the same town as New Mexico State University, and the delicious New Mexico-style Mexican food (Las Cruces calls itself the Chile Capital of The World). But also like most people, the Baileys struggle a little to explain the ethereal charm of this desert town, set at the foot of the Organ Mountains, that has of late attracted so many retirees.”

  • Forbes: The 25 Best Places To Retire

    “Las Cruces is a college town (New Mexico State University), with a good economy, cost of living 8% below national average, median home price $176,000, good state tax environment, warm, dry climate.”