Las Cruces, New Mexico

Cost-of-Living:  Meets the national average

Located 40 miles northwest of El Paso, Texas, Las Cruces is a growing retirement area and has a population of roughly 87,000, 33% of whom are age 45 or better.   Low humidity, open spaces and dramatic desert landscapes are the main drawing cards.  New Mexico State University is also located here and has a student population of 23,000.

Las Cruces’ climate is characterized by hot summers (temperatures reach into the mid and high 90s) with cool nights  and dry air; average afternoon humidity is around 30%.  The area receives an average of an inch of precipitation a month, and sunshine is in abundance with sunny skies 195 days a year.   Mild winters with average daily temperatures in the 40s.