Las Cruces has always been a diamond in the desert. The population of New Mexico's second largest city climbed in the 20th century to almost 80,000 people.
The Las Cruces economy is holding up stronger than the national economy. Why? Because one-third of the city's work force is employed by the government, and those jobs tend to be less susceptible to impacts of recession than those in the private sector.
A boom in construction also is helping the city to expand.
Another reason for city growth is the increase in retirees moving to Las Cruces. The city was ranked by Money Magazine last year as one of the eight best places to retire. The attractions for retirees are the four golf courses, cultural events at New Mexico State University and in the surrounding area, and more restaurants and businesses.
The new convention center should draw lots of attention, as well. It is expected to inject millions of dollars into the local economy and to create hundreds of jobs.
The city planners estimate that the city will grow to 90,000 by 2010 and to 110,000 by 2020. Las Cruces is a great place to live!
Come and visit us and you will see!