Las Cruces, New Mexico

Las Cruces: The second most populous city in New Mexico. It is located in the Mesilla Valley on the Rio Grande in southern New Mexico. Las Cruces is known for its many parks and green spaces, its many historical sites, and its many attractions, such as the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum and the Las Cruces Museum of Art.


Las Cruces is a city located in the county of Doña Ana in the U.S. state of New Mexico. Its population at the 2010 census was 97,618 and a population density of 489 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 105,096 inhabitants.

The city was created 175 years ago in 1848.

Las Cruces is a city located in Doña Ana County, New Mexico. It is the second-largest city in the state with over 105,000 residents. Las Cruces serves as a hub for southern New Mexico.

Economy and Growth

Major industries are agriculture, aerospace, manufacturing, utilities, and government services. New Mexico State University and federal agencies boost the economy. Las Cruces touts strong job growth and business incentives.

Things to Do

Attractions include the Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, Mesilla Historic District, Dripping Springs Natural Area, and White Sands National Park. Las Cruces offers festivals, galleries, hiking trails, and local wineries.

Real Estate Market

Las Cruces provides very affordable real estate compared to other metro areas. Housing developments expand with population gains. Home styles range from adobes to custom designs. Prices remain lower than national averages.


Las Cruces is situated between the Organ Mountains and the Rio Grande River Valley. It provides easy access to Texas and Mexico. The climate features abundant sunshine and mild temperatures year-round.

Quality of Life

Las Cruces combines a friendly college town vibe with ample amenities and job opportunities. Good schools, outdoor recreation, cultural diversity, and historic charm make it an inviting place to live and work.

Las Cruces locator map
Location of Las Cruces on New Mexico map.

Quick Facts about Las Cruces

Population : 105,096 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : New Mexico (United States)
County : Doña Ana County
Postal code : 88001
Phone Area Codes : 575
Area : 199.52 km2
Altitude : 3,999 feet / 1219 meters
Capital city : Las Cruces is capital of Doña Ana County
Establishment : January 01, 1849 (175 years ago)
Time Zone : Mountain Time Zone, UTC−07:00
Local time : 04:25:20 (26th February 2024)
Density : 527 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 7.12% (2010-2020)
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Las Cruces
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Las Cruces is located at 32°18'44"N 106°46'42"W (32.3123200, -106.7783400).

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The population of Las Cruces increased by 7.12% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 97,618 - census
2011 100,212 2.59% estimation process
2012 101,045 0.82% estimation process
2013 101,238 0.19% estimation process
2014 101,192 -0.05% estimation process
2015 101,113 -0.08% estimation process
2016 101,313 0.2% estimation process
2017 101,963 0.64% estimation process
2018 102,812 0.83% estimation process
2019 103,432 0.6% estimation process
2020 105,096 1.58% estimation process

Las Cruces zip code is 88001. County name: Doña Ana, County fips: 35013

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People born in Las Cruces (46)

People born in Las Cruces, including Yemeni-imam Anwar al-Awlaki, politician Jerry Apodaca, novelist Pamela Burford, .


Schools in Las Cruces

College & universities near Las Cruces, NM

Code Name City ZIP
188030 New Mexico State University-Main Campus Las Cruces (NM) 88003-8001
488651 Glitz School of Cosmetology Las Cruces (NM) 88001
488554 Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine Las Cruces (NM) 88001
187620 New Mexico State University-Dona Ana Las Cruces (NM) 88011

Stations (5)

Amtrak & bus stations near Las Cruces, NM

Code Name Address Type
LCR Las Cruces, New Mexico 304 Wyatt Drive BUS
ELB El Paso (Bus Station), Texas 200 W. San Antonio Ave. BUS
ELP Union Depot 700 San Francisco St. RAIL
DEM Deming station 400 East Railroad Avenue RAIL
TOC Truth or Consequences, New Mexico 8 South Date St. BUS

Post offices near Las Cruces

Post Office Name City ZIP
Las Cru Post Office Las Cruces (NM) 88001
Commer Post Office Las Cruces (NM) 88011
University Park Post Office Las Cruces (NM) 88003
Mesilla Park Post Office Mesilla Park (NM) 88047
Mesilla Post Office Mesilla (NM) 88046

Other cities in Doña Ana County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Doña Ana County , NM.

City Name Population Title
Sunland Park 18,449 City in Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States
Anthony 9,276 City in New Mexico
Vado 3,194 City in Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States of America
Mesilla 1,844 City in Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States of America
Radium Springs 1,699 City in Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States of America
Hatch 1,678 Village in Doña Ana County, New Mexico, New Mexico
White Sands 1,651 Census-designated place in New Mexico, United States
Doña Ana 1,211 Census designated place
San Ysidro 204 Census-designated place in Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States

Distance to Other Cities

Las Cruces distances to largest New Mexico cities