Las Cruces, NM Metro Area

Moving to Las Cruces? Let us help you find your best place to live in this metro area. First, some basics: The Las Cruces metro area comprises one county in New Mexico. The largest cities in the Las Cruces metro area are Sunland Park, Anthony and of course, Las Cruces.

212,942 people live in Las Cruces within 74,623 households. The population of Las Cruces is 29% White, 2% Black and 1% Asian. 1% identify as another race or ethnicity, or two or more races. 66% of residents are of Hispanic or Latino origin. 17% of residents are foreign-born. The median age is 32.5, and the largest number of residents falls into the 25 to 34 age range. 26% of residents are under age 18. 13% are over age 65. 49% of Las Cruces’s residents are male.

Who lives in Las Cruces? There are 21,468 married couples without children and another 14,410 married couples with kids under the age of 18. There are 1,902 single dads and 7,283 single mothers. 17,800 residents of Las Cruces live alone.

How affordable is Las Cruces? The median household income in Las Cruces is $38,426 compared to $53,482 for the nation as a whole. The per capita income is $20,058 compared to $28,555 for the nation as a whole.

The highest incomes in the Las Cruces area are found in Radium Springs with a median household income of $57,500, followed by Mesilla and Fairacres. The lowest incomes are in University Park with a median household income of $11,903, followed by Placitas CDP (Doña Ana and Salem.

The highest home values in the Las Cruces area are found in Mesilla with a median home value of $274,300, followed by Fairacres and San Pablo. The lowest home values are in University Park with a median home value of $0, followed by Placitas CDP (Doña Ana.

14% of households earn more than $100,000 annually. Conversely, 46% earn less than $35,000. 21.4% of married families with children live below the poverty line. Overall, 38.9% of Las Cruces's children live below the poverty line.


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