Las Cruces is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New Mexico. With a population of 103,432 people and 26 constituent neighborhoods, Las Cruces is the second largest community in New Mexico.
Las Cruces is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.14% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Las Cruces is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Las Cruces who work in office and administrative support (14.44%), sales jobs (10.06%), and teaching (8.01%).
Also of interest is that Las Cruces has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Las Cruces is made interesting by being both a reasonably big city and having a major college student population: students here will find that the city provides a lot of amenities, culture, and opportunities for them. Las Cruces is more than just a college town, however, though the thousands of students certainly are a major part of the character of the city, as well as a contributor to the local economy.
Not only is Las Cruces a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Las Cruces is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Las Cruces a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
The education level of Las Cruces citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 32.20% of adults in Las Cruces have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Las Cruces in 2018 was $24,103, which is upper middle income relative to New Mexico, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $96,412 for a family of four. However, Las Cruces contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Las Cruces is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Las Cruces home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Las Cruces, accounting for 60.54% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Las Cruces residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Las Cruces include German, English, Irish, Italian, and French.
The most common language spoken in Las Cruces is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.