Las Cruces, NM Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Las Cruces, New Mexico - Basic Facts

The City of Las Cruces is the 2nd largest city in New Mexico with a population of 101,377 as of July 1, 2016. Las Cruces ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New Mexico. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Las Cruces is located at latitude 32.3264 and longitude -106.7897 in Doña Ana County. The formal boundaries for the City of Las Cruces (see map below) encompass a land area of 76.94 sq. miles and a water area of 0.1 sq. miles. Doña Ana County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 3,907 feet.

The City of Las Cruces (GNIS ID: 2411629) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

New Mexico is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Las Cruces is located within Las Cruces Division of Doña Ana County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Las Cruces population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Las Cruces, NM Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 101,377
Population in Households 99,774
Population in Familes 74,819
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,603
Population Density1 1,318
Diversity Index2 72


Total Households 41,015
Average Household Size 2.43
Family Households 24,421
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 45,221 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 22,117 (48.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 18,898 (41.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,206 ( 9.3%)
Median Home Value $155,857
Average Home Value $177,525


Median Household Income $38,663
Average Household Income $54,003
Per Capita Income $22,013
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.61% 0.44%
Households 0.63% 0.46%
Families 0.33% 0.24%
Median Household Income   0.75%
Per Capita Income   1.23%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Las Cruces, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Las Cruces to the other 443 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New Mexico by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 2 100th
Population Density1 # 33 93rd
Diversity Index2 # 117 74th
Median Household Income # 217 51st
Per Capita Income # 192 57th

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