It’s no surprise that Las Cruces keeps making the list of top places to retire, with the manageable size of the city, beautiful weather, access to great hospitals, gorgeous mountain views, and of course our good chile, that people keep flocking here from the East Coast, West Coast, and even some from other neighboring (somewhat close anyways) desert towns like Tuscon.
With a population of just under 92,000 permanent residents, plus another 18,000New Mexico State University students during the regular school year, the population of Las Cruces and surrounding Dona Ana areas still stays in a controllable 200,000 people. Not so many people where you feel lost, yet enough people and culture to find your niche.
Sure we get our spring winds and our 100-degree days here and there, but overall we have the perfect climate with lows averaging 26 in January and highs averaging 94 in July. This past year it seemed like we were lucky enough to get a little more winter with three different instances of waking to a light blanket of snow. One thing we like to boast about here in Las Cruces is that we have 350+ days of remarkable, sunny days.
Healthy or not, Las Cruces offers several major medical facilities that address everything from minor aches and pains to serious illnesses. The newest and most impressive addition to the city is Mountain View Regional Medical Center, which is a 168-bed facility in the northeast area. Mountain View is fully equipped with a full-service emergency room, intensive care, surgical services, and a specialized women’s center and cardiology center—which rated the top cardiology center in the state of New Mexico, as well as ranking high on the national list. If you don’t need the full-service of a hospital, there are still plenty of Prompt Care offices and general doctors located in every part of town.
For retirees with an itch to continue their love of lifelong learning, the city is well-equipped find something for everybody. Las Cruces has both Doña Ana Community College and New Mexico State University for those looking to keep their wheels turning and perhaps even to learn a new trade.
I can’t tell you how wonderful Las Cruces is without mentioning our fabulous cuisine—green and red! If you are familiar with New Mexico in general, you already know that along with a state motto, state flower, and state bird, we have a state question: Red or green? This question relates to chile and whether you want your burrito, enchilada, taquitos, etc. smothered in tangy green, or smoky red, both usually accompanied with a good amount of HEAT! After having lived here for many, many years I’ve gotten really good at making a few Mexican entrees—red and green enchiladas, pinto beans, posole, and even chile rellenos, but for those days where I just want to tend to my chile addiction without having to set foot in the kitchen, I visit one of my favorite restaurants in town: Little Nellie’s (their red is to die for!), Andale’s, and El Sombrero. And for those days when I can’t answer the question, I usually opt for Christmas—red & green together!
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************************** Evelyn Bruder, CRS, GRI, ABR, E-PRO, Las Cruces Cyberstar