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Welcome to Las Cruces ...

The city of Las Cruces is located in southwest New Mexico.

Las Cruces is located in Dona Ana County<1> and is the County Seat for Dona Ana County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Las Cruces has a population of 103,700 people<2> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Las Cruces.

The community of Las Cruces is 3,970 feet [1,210 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the elevation of Las Cruces is ¾ mile [or ~1¼ km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Las Cruces lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

The telephone area code for Las Cruces: (575)

The ZIP code for Las Cruces: 88001<4>

Websites for Las Cruces ...

Official Website:   www.las-cruces.org/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.lascruces.org/

Junior League:   www.jllc.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Las Cruces had an population of 103,700 people. This is an increase of 6.23% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 39.63% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Las Cruces had a population of 97,618 people (which is 46.66% of the total population of Dona Ana County). This makes Las Cruces the county's most populous community.

The population of Las Cruces represents 4.74% of the total population of New Mexico (which has 2,059,179 people), making it the state's 2nd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 97,618 people, the population of Las Cruces increased 31.44% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 74,267 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Las Cruces.

Communities Also Named Las Cruces ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found another community named Las Cruces - it's located in California.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Las Cruces.

Communities near Las Cruces ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Las Cruces.

  • Dona Ana (4 miles [6.4 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dona Ana
    • Dona Ana lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<5> to the northwest of Las Cruces and is located in Dona Ana County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dona Ana have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dona Ana
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dona Ana<7>
  • Fairacres (4 miles [6.4 km] to the southwest)
  • Mesilla Park (4 miles [6.4 km] to the south)
  • Mesilla (4 miles [6.4 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mesilla
    • Mesilla lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<5> to the south of Las Cruces and is located in Dona Ana County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,844 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mesilla
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mesilla<7>
  • Hill (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hill
    • Hill lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the northwest of Las Cruces and is located in Dona Ana County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hill
  • Spaceport City (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spaceport City
    • Spaceport City lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the northeast of Las Cruces and is located in Dona Ana County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Spaceport City have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spaceport City
  • Leasburg (10 miles [16.1 km] to the northwest) - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Leasburg
    • Leasburg was located 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the northwest of Las Cruces and is located in Dona Ana County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Leasburg have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Mesquite (12 miles [19.3 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mesquite
    • Mesquite lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the southeast of Las Cruces and is located in Dona Ana County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mesquite have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mesquite
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mesquite<7>
  • Organ (12 miles [19.3 km] to the northeast) - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Organ
    • Organ was located 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the northeast of Las Cruces and is located in Dona Ana County
  • Radium Springs (14 miles [22.5 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Radium Springs
    • Radium Springs lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the northwest of Las Cruces and is located in Dona Ana County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Radium Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Radium Springs
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Radium Springs<7>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Las Cruces. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Las Cruces.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Las Cruces. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Las Cruces.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Las Cruces. Our list includes 53 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Las Cruces.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Las Cruces ...

Looking for more information about Las Cruces? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Las Cruces, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Las Cruces.

Adding Las Cruces to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Las Cruces in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Las Cruces was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Las Cruces on our Genealogy Page.

Recent Changes to RoadsideThoughts ...

Mentions & References for Las Cruces

Visit our Community Index for New Mexico

About Dona Ana County

About New Mexico

The official website for Las Cruces: www.las-cruces.org/

The official website for Dona Ana County: www.co.dona-ana.nm.us/

The official website for State of New Mexico: www.newmexico.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of New Mexico's counties, including Dona Ana, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Las Cruces.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Las Cruces - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Las Cruces). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Las Cruces or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Las Cruces) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Las Cruces. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Las CrucesOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Las Cruces. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.3312, Longitude: -106.7828    
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.




 

 

 

 

 


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