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Las Cruces is the second largest city in New Mexico and is situated in a fertile agricultural valley east of the Rio Grande river and west of the Organ Mountains.

Las Cruces aggressively promotes itself as a great place to retire with its great views, high desert climate and college town atmosphere.

The city is home to New Mexico State University and attributes recent population and economic growth to the nearby White Sands Missile Range and N.A.S.A. facilities.

Las Cruces, New Mexico
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Among GreatPlacesToRetire.com cities, Las Cruces ranks high in medical care and man-made hazards risk. Las Cruces ranks low in family income and air quality.

For more detailed city facts -- including data on home prices, population demographics, medical care, air quality, water quality and more -- click on the City Report graphic below:

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