Las Cruces Awards


Las Cruces has been the recipient of a number of important rankings
by various organizations and publications.

Las Cruces is the best place to live, raise children, work, and retire.
We are: “Unique” … “A perfect location” … “An ideal climate”… “A Dream Town”

Rated by Forbes Magazine as one of the Top 25 Place to retire in 2012.

Forbes has published a list of the “25 best Places to Retire in 2012 and guess who makes the list? That’s right, Las Cruces, New Mexico breaks into the top 25. Forbes cites climate, air quality, cost of living, low crime, and affordable housing prices as their reasons for considering Las Cruces a great place to retire.

Rated by Parade Magazine as one of the “Top 25 Hardest working Towns” in 2012.

Parade Magazine has published a list of the “25 Hardest working towns in 2012” and Las Cruces lands at number 7 on the list. Las Cruces scored five points above the rest of the country in giving up personal time and six points more in giving up weekend. Seventy-seven percent of the households are dual-income as well

– Rated Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community by League of American Cyclists in 2011

– Rated one of the Top 20 “Best Towns of the Future” by Sunset Magazine in 2011

In 2010 Las Cruces has been noted as:

Number 3 on relocateamerica.com’s list of “Top 10 Recovery Cities.”

According to the site, Las Cruces is poised for swift economic recovery. This communities did not see the massive real estate bubble that formed in other areas, and has a vibrant, diverse economy.”
VIDEO of this report.

“This little-known jewel of the Southwest” and ranks as one of the top five places to retire in the nation, based upon amenities, cost of living, culture, recreation and climate. Las Cruces features year-round golfing, and much of the finer things in life that 350 days of sunshine per year will bring.


Number 6 on US News & World Report’s 2010 “10 Cities for Real Estate Steals.”

According to the magazine, the housing market in Las Cruces, N.M., has become increasingly undervalued in recent years when compared with historical averages. Growing affordability is one reason for the increase in home sales in the area. Read story

Number 19 on Sunset Magazine “20 Best Towns of the Future.”

Las Cruces made the list thanks to its proximity to Spaceport America

One of AARP’s 2010 “Best Places to Retire”

This recognition is in addition to having been previously been selected by AARP Magazine as one of America’s “Dream Towns” for seniors,
Las Cruces is set at the foot of the Organ Mountains and enjoys a relatively mild climate and picturesque landscape. Although it is New Mexico’s second most populous city, residents describe the small-town feel, relaxed pace and affordable prices.

One of Kaboom.org’s most “Playful City USA

Playful City USA is a national recognition program honoring cities and towns across the nation committed to taking action for play

In January, 2009, Las Cruces continued to be nationally recognized!  http://www.bestboomertowns.com the Website for the 45 to 65 year old “Baby boomers” rated Las Cruces one of the top 20 places in America to “Thrive.”

Their description of Las Cruces really says it all: 

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A university, vibrant cultural scene, and mountain vistas enhance this oasis in New Mexico. Framed by the lush banks of the Rio Grande and the dry, jagged Organ Mountains, Las Cruces is New Mexico’s second largest city and one of the fastest growing in the United States. An economic, agricultural, tourist and cultural mecca in southern New Mexico, the city is the seat of Dona Ana County. Situated in the heart of the fertile Mesilla valley, Las Cruces is a thriving metropolis surrounded by desert and conveniently located less than an hour from El Paso International Airport. People are drawn to Las Cruces by a reasonable cost of living, a warm and sunny climate, beautiful scenery, cultural diversity and educational opportunities. For the new wave of boomers who mix retirement relocation with second or continuing careers, Las Cruces continues to surpass job growth for any other metro area in the state outside of Albuquerque. Retirement dollars go a long way in Las Cruces. The city’s historic areas are filled with restaurants and a variety of museums and galleries. The strong cultural presence of NMSU is the driving force behind a robust selection of performing arts theaters, chamber music and symphonic concerns and presentation of ballet, drama, comedies, and musical. There’s a lot to do outdoors as well. Golf, tennis, bicycling and miles of hiking trails can be enjoyed year round.

See who else says Las Cruces is the best place for Business & Careers, to Retire, and to Live.

Best Small Metro Area for Business and Careers

#1.  Forbes-Milken Institute Top 5 small metro areas for business and careers. – 2002 to 2007

Las Cruces was rated as a Top Metro Area based on job growth, earned income, plus a measurement of activity in critical technologies that  foster future growth.

Click to see the latest articles: 2006, 2007.

#2. Every year since 2004, Inc. Magazine rated Las Cruces among the Top 25 Cities for Doing Business in America.

#3. In April, 2007 – Inc.com ranked Las Cruces, NM the #9 small town for doing business and #15 overall town for doing business in its Boomtown 2007 rankings.

These ratings are because of the robustness of the region’s employment growth trends in the recent 1-2 years, past 5 years, previous 10 years and lastly the projected future growth trend.

#4. Business Facilities Magazine In June 2007

This extensive article describes the vibrant economy, and the bright future of and the economic potential of our area

All of these high rankings year after year reinforce the area’s virtually untapped potential for business location and expansion.

Best Places To Retire

Money Magazine rated Las Cruces One of the Best Places to Retire. The article cited several factors, including Las Cruces’ great weather, amazing views, cultural scene, low cost of living, the country’s best Mexican food, and, according to the article, possibly the hottest chile in the U.S.A.

Money Magazine – CNN rated Las Cruces The # 2 Best College Town to Retire. For the second time in four years, Las Cruces made one of Money’s lists of best places to retire; this time as a college town. The article cited several factors, including Las Cruces’ great weather, amazing views, cultural scene and low cost of living

AARP Magazine Dream town to retire. Las Cruces topped AARP’s first list of great places to retire based on factors such as: the cheapest states to live in as a retiree (based on income, property, and sales taxes), weather, recreational opportunities and livability (access to health care and transportation). A city that offer culture, cachet, peace and quiet.

Ranked in the Top 10 College Towns to Settle In by Modern Maturity Magazine (AARP publication).

One of America’s Top 100 Retirement Towns by Where to Retire Magazine, Fall 2001, and again in December 2005, and January 2006. Las Cruces received praise for its diverse culture, high desert climate, low cost of living, open spaces, and year-round outdoor activities. It was also one of the few towns selected that ranked below the national cost of living average, and had an average new home price under $100,000. Each city considered was assessed on a variety of categories ranging from the availability of medical care, recreational activities, continuing education, and airports, to shopping, dining, cultural and social organizations.

Ranked among the Top Five Places to Retire in the nation by Your Money Magazine

Named one of Top 100 Places to live by Relocate-America.com

Best Places To Live

2006 – 2009 Annual Farmers Insurance Study Ranks Las Cruces Among Most Secure Mid-Size  to Live in.

The rankings, compiled by database experts at www.bestplaces.net, took into consideration crime statistics, extreme weather, risk of natural disasters, housing depreciation, foreclosures, air quality, terrorist threats, environmental hazards, life expectancy and job loss numbers in 379 U.S. municipalities. The study divided the communities into three groups: large metropolitan areas, mid-size cities and small towns.

Best Place to Live – Family Digest, Fall 2002. Las Cruces ranked the highest among 300 cities/destinations evaluated in a number of areas determined to be important to families, including: crime rate, housing costs, income, pre-college education productivity, family friendliness, weather and affordability.

Top 10 Cities for Hispanics to Live – Hispanic Magazine, 2002, 2003. The Las Cruces/El Paso area was ranked the fifth best city for Hispanics to live. The ranking was based on the percentage of Hispanics in the city, political representation, whether you can speak Spanish without feeling like a foreigner, and the vibrancy and “hipness” of the Latin cultural scene.

Miscellaneous Awards