Las Cruces, NM

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
219,870
0.785% 1-year growth
US Senator
Martin Heinrich
Democratic Party
US Senator
Ben Ray Luján
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
33.2
0.599% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
22.8%
1.89% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$51,232
8.66% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$187,400
15.5% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
92,088
4.06% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Las Cruces, NM had a population of 220k people with a median age of 33.2 and a median household income of $51,232. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Las Cruces, NM grew from 218,157 to 219,870, a 0.785% increase and its median household income grew from $47,151 to $51,232, a 8.66% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Las Cruces, NM are White (Hispanic) (32.4%), White (Non-Hispanic) (26.2%), Other (Hispanic) (18.4%), Two+ (Hispanic) (17.1%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (1.57%).

None of the households in Las Cruces, NM reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

92% of the residents in Las Cruces, NM are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Las Cruces, NM are New Mexico State University-Main Campus (3,360 degrees awarded in 2022), New Mexico State University-Dona Ana (1,277 degrees), and Glitz School of Cosmetology (154 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Las Cruces, NM was $187,400, and the homeownership rate was 64.1%.

Most people in Las Cruces, NM drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Las Cruces, NM was 2 cars per household.

Las Cruces, NM borders Alamogordo, NM, Deming, NM, and El Paso, TX.

About the photo: Moon-rise over the Organ Mountains just outside Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Population & Diversity

Las Cruces, NM is home to a population of 220k people, from which 92% are citizens. As of 2022, 15.6% of Las Cruces, NM residents were born outside of the country (34.2k people).

In 2022, there were 1.24 times more White (Hispanic) residents (71.3k people) in Las Cruces, NM than any other race or ethnicity. There were 57.6k White (Non-Hispanic) and 40.4k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

92%
2022 Citizenship
91.7%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 92% of Las Cruces, NM residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Las Cruces, NM was 91.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Las Cruces, NM
  1. White (Hispanic)
    71.3k ± 3.88k
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    57.6k ± 274
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    40.4k ± 2.87k
68.9%
Hispanic Population
152k people

In 2022, there were 1.24 times more White (Hispanic) residents (71.3k people) in Las Cruces, NM than any other race or ethnicity. There were 57.6k White (Non-Hispanic) and 40.4k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

68.9% of the people in Las Cruces, NM are hispanic (152k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Las Cruces, NM as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

The PUMS dataset is not available at the MSA level, so we are showing data for New Mexico.
Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    128,832 ± 8,539 people
  2. Philippines
    5,882 ± 1,880 people
  3. Germany
    4,070 ± 1,565 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of New Mexico was Mexico, the natal country of 128,832 New Mexico residents, followed by Philippines with 5,882 and Germany with 4,070.

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Foreign-Born Population

15.6%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
34.2k people
16%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
34.9k people

As of 2022, 15.6% of Las Cruces, NM residents (34.2k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Las Cruces, NM was 16%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    4,301 ± 736
  2. Vietnam
    3,711 ± 425
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    2,165 ± 487

Las Cruces, NM has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.16 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Las Cruces, NM employs 92.1k people. The largest industries in Las Cruces, NM are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,259 people), Educational Services (12,298 people), and Retail Trade (10,105 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($70,799), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($59,316), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($55,781).

Males in New Mexico have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $53,740. The income inequality in New Mexico (measured using the Gini index) is 0.462, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

92.1k
2022 Value
± 3,180
4.06%
1 Year growth
± 4.72%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Las Cruces, NM grew at a rate of 4.06%, from 88.5k employees to 92.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Las Cruces, NM, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (10,350 people), Sales & Related Occupations (8,293 people), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (8,191 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Las Cruces, NM.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

92.1k
2022 Value
± 3,180
4.06%
1 Year growth
± 4.72%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Las Cruces, NM grew at a rate of 4.06%, from 88.5k employees to 92.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Las Cruces, NM, are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,259 people), Educational Services (12,298 people), and Retail Trade (10,105 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Las Cruces, NM, though some of these residents may live in Las Cruces, NM and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$34,414
Median earning men ± $1,036
$26,723
Median earning women ± $1,819

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($83,313), Wholesale Trade ($48,250), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($48,168).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($49,379), Wholesale Trade ($41,327), and Manufacturing ($39,583).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.72%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 860k people employed in New Mexico. This represents a 2.72% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.8%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in New Mexico.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 1,884
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 1,007
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 680
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in New Mexico went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 54.3% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (43.5%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.36%).

Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján are the senators currently representing the state of New Mexico. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

New Mexico is currently represented by 3 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from New Mexico

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Martin Heinrich
Senator from New Mexico1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013
Ben Ray Luján
Senator from New Mexico2
Assumed office on January 3, 2021

Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján are the senators currently representing New Mexico.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from New Mexico

New Mexico is currently represented by 3 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for New Mexico have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Las Cruces, NM awarded 4,943 degrees. The student population of Las Cruces, NM in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 8,884 male students and 12,876 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Las Cruces, NM are Hispanic or Latino (2,888 and 62.2%), followed by White (1,284 and 27.6%), Black or African American (125 and 2.69%), and Two or More Races (105 and 2.26%).

The largest universities in Las Cruces, NM by number of degrees awarded are New Mexico State University-Main Campus (3,360 and 68%), New Mexico State University-Dona Ana (1,277 and 25.8%), and Glitz School of Cosmetology (154 and 3.12%).

The most popular majors in Las Cruces, NM are General Studies (396 and 8.01%), Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (227 and 4.59%), and Registered Nursing (204 and 4.13%).

The median tuition cost in Las Cruces, NM for a public four year colleges is $6,283 for in-state students and $23,407 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Las Cruces, NM, the percentage of applicants admitted was 78%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 18.8%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 21,760 (40.8% men and 59.2% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 21,760 students enrolled in Las Cruces, NM, 40.8% men and 59.2% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in Hispanic or Latino with 13,378 records, of which 62% were women and 38% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 149 degrees awarded
  2. 129 degrees awarded
  3. 153 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Las Cruces, NM was Criminal Justice - Safety Studies with 149 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Las Cruces, NM according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 3,360 degrees awarded
  2. 1,277 degrees awarded
  3. 154 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was New Mexico State University-Main Campus with 3,360 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 1,948 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Las Cruces, NM, which is 0.65 times less than the 2,995 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was Hispanic or Latino students. These 2,888 degrees mean that there were 2.25 times more degrees awarded to Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 1,284 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($6,283) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,260) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,240) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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Measure

In 2022, 1.05% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.86% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (454k), Some college (398k), and Secondary Education (257k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Las Cruces, NM was $187,400 in 2022, which is 0.665 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $162,200 to $187,400, a 15.5% increase. The homeownership rate in Las Cruces, NM is 64.1%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Las Cruces, NM have an average commute time of 22.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Las Cruces, NM is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Las Cruces, NM is $51,232. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Las Cruces, NM was Los Alamos County, NM with a value of $135,801, followed by Eddy County, NM and Sandoval County, NM, with respective values of $77,458 and $76,424.

Property

$187,400
Median Property Value 2022
±$5,238
$52,513
Median Property Taxes
±$2,101

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Las Cruces, NM the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

64.1%
Homeownership
2022
69.7%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 64.1% of the housing units in Las Cruces, NM were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 64.9%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Las Cruces, NM was Los Alamos County, NM with a value of $135,801, followed by Eddy County, NM and Sandoval County, NM, with respective values of $77,458 and $76,424.

The following map shows all of the counties in Las Cruces, NM colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$51,232
Median Household Income
± $2,122
82k
Number of Households
± 2,713

In 2022, the median household income of the 82k households in Las Cruces, NM grew to $51,232 from the previous year's value of $47,151.

The following chart displays the households in Las Cruces, NM distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $60k - $75k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Las Cruces, NM is from New Mexico.
0.462
2022 Wage GINI in New Mexico
0.46
2021 Wage GINI in New Mexico

In 2022, the income inequality in New Mexico was 0.462 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.44% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for New Mexico was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in New Mexico in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (77%)
  2. Carpooled (11.1%)
  3. Worked At Home (7.46%)

In 2022, 77% of workers in Las Cruces, NM drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (11.1%) and those who worked at home (7.46%).

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Commute Time

22.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Las Cruces, NM have a shorter commute time (22.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.79% of the workforce in Las Cruces, NM have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Poverty & Diversity

22.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Las Cruces, NM (48.7k out of 214k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Las Cruces, NM is Hispanic, followed by White and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

89.1% of the population of Las Cruces, NM has health coverage, with 29% on employee plans, 34% on Medicaid, 10.9% on Medicare, 13.3% on non-group plans, and 1.95% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in New Mexico see 1316 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.5% decrease from the previous year (1336 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1449 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 238 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,316 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in New Mexico

Primary care physicians in New Mexico see an average of 1,316 patients per year. This represents a 1.5% decrease from the previous year (1,336 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 26.2% under 18 years, 25.7% between 18 and 34 years, 32% between 35 and 64 years, and 16.1% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.7% were men and 51.3% were women.

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Uninsured People

10.9%
Uninsured
29%
Employer Coverage
34%
Medicaid
10.9%
Medicare
13.3%
Non-Group
1.95%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Las Cruces, NM grew by 2.29% from 10.6% to 10.9%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Las Cruces, NM changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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