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Las Cruces is a city in Dona Ana County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for crosses marking the graves of slain settlers.

The latitude of Las Cruces is 32.312N. The longitude is -106.777W.

It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 3,907 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 76,990.


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Median household income
Local
$30,375
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Las Cruces demographic reports
Las Cruces is in the Mesilla Valley.
Fort Selden, about 15 miles away, was built in 1865 to protect wagon trains.
Public transportation: Roadrunner Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 415. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 5.5 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1985 movie, "Lost in America"
· 2000 movie, "Traffic"
· 1998 movie, "Lolita"
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Whole Enchilada Fiesta - Sept. 23-25, 2007
  • Border Book Festival - April 20-22, 2007
  • Do?a Ana County Fair - Aug. 3-6, 2007
  • Bluegrass in the Desert Festival - Sept. 21-22, 2007
Dates often change. Check Las Cruces web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Leasburg Dam State Park, Aguirre Springs
Historic routes: El Camino Real
Historic sites and museums: New Mexico State University Museum, Fort Selden State Monument, Museum of Natural History, Las Cruces Museum of Fine Art, Branigan Cultural Center, White Sands Missile Range Museum
Colleges and universities: New Mexico State University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 95

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Las Cruces demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Dona Ana County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Las Cruces area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 88012 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

10% of Las Cruces residents report German ancestry, and 7% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Las Cruces ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Las Cruces was $15,704, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

28% of Las Cruces residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Las Cruces include Alameda-Depot Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Las Cruces, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $399.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $825.


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Libraries in Las Cruces include Thomas Branigan Memorial Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Las Cruces include Las Cruces Sun-News

TV stations in Las Cruces include KRWG, KTDO.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KRWG.

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Dona Ana County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Las Cruces political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Las Cruces workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 25 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Las Cruces between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 3.4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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