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Las Cruces, New Mexico
City of Las Cruces
View of Las Cruces with the Organ Mountains to the east
Nickname(s): The City of the Crosses
Motto(s): People Helping People
Location of Las Cruces within Doña Ana County and New Mexico
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Coordinates: 32°18′52″N 106°46′44″WCoordinates32°18′52″N 106°46′44″W
CountryUnited States
StateNew Mexico
CountyDoña Ana
 • TypeCouncil–manager
 • MayorKen Miyagishima (D)
 • City ManagerStuart C. Ed
 • City76.6 sq mi (198.5 km2)
 • Land76.5 sq mi (198.1 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation3,900 ft (1,200 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • City97,618 (US: 300th)
 • Estimate (2019)[3]103,432
 • Metro217,522 (US: 208th)
1,058,667 (El Paso–Las Cruces CSA)
Time zoneUTC−07:00 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−06:00 (DST)
Area code(s)575
FIPS code35-39380
GNIS feature ID0899715
Primary AirportEl Paso International Airport
ELP (Major/International)
Secondary AirportLas Cruces International Airport
LRU (General Aviation)

Las Cruces is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 97,618,[2] and in 2019 the estimated population was 103,432,[4] making it the second largest city in the state, after Albuquerque. Las Cruces is the largest city in both Doña Ana County and southern New Mexico.[5] The Las Cruces metropolitan area had an estimated population of 213,849 in 2017.[6] It is the principal city of a metropolitan statistical area which encompasses all of Doña Ana County and is part of the larger El Paso–Las Cruces combined statistical area.

Las Cruces is the economic and geographic center of the Mesilla Valley, the agricultural region on the floodplain of the Rio Grande which extends from Hatch to the west side of El Paso, Texas. Las Cruces is the home of New Mexico State University (NMSU), New Mexico’s only land-grant university. The city’s major employer is the federal government on nearby White Sands Test Facility and White Sands Missile Range. The Organ Mountains, 10 miles (16 km) to the east, are dominant in the city’s landscape, along with the Doña Ana MountainsRobledo Mountains, and Picacho Peak. Las Cruces lies 225 miles (362 km) south of Albuquerque, 42 miles (68 km) northwest of El Paso, Texas and 41 miles (66 km) north of the Mexican border at Sunland Park.

Spaceport America, which has corporate offices in Las Cruces, operates from 55 miles (89 km) to the north, and has completed several successful manned, suborbital flights. The city is also the headquarters for Virgin Galactic, the world’s first company to offer sub-orbital spaceflights.[7]


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