Las Cruces, New Mexico Population 2019

Las Cruces is a city located in the state of New Mexico. “The City of the Crosses” serves as the county seat of Dona Ana County, where it is also the most populous city. Its population also ranks as the second largest in the state, falling only behind Albuquerque. The US Census of 2010 showed a population of 97,618 in Las Cruces. Estimates show that this number has since risen to 101,759.

City Size and Population Density

The city of Las Cruces has an area of 76.6 square miles and its population density of over 1,425 people per square mile.

Las Cruces Population Statistics

The largest age group residing in Las Cruces is between the ages of 25 to 44, with this group making up 26.9% of the total population. Over one-quarter of residents are under age 18, while more than 13% are at least 65 years old.

There are more females than males living in this city, with 94.3 men for every 100 women. Approximately 23.3% of the population lives below the federal poverty line.

Growth in the Las Cruces Population

Las Cruces is known for its culture, hosting many annual cultural events every year that brings in visitors from around the country. The city is also home to New Mexico State University, which draws in a large student population. The city’s population has seen nothing but growth since its incorporation. Increase since the 1930s has been in the double-digit percentages at each 10-year census. Current estimates show that the population now exceeds 100,000 and is up over 4% since the last census in 2010, indicating that this city still has plenty of growing left to do in its future.

Las Cruces Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Las Cruces was:

  • White: 87.11%
  • Other race: 4.20%
  • Two or more races: 2.90%
  • Black or African American: 2.58%
  • Asian: 1.66%
  • Native American: 1.53%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%

Las Cruces, New Mexico's estimated population is 102,926 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Las Cruces, New Mexico is the 2nd largest city in New Mexico based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 1337.77 people/mi² (516.51 people/km²), with a household density of 223.84 people/km² (579.74 people/mi²).

The overall median age is 32.6 years, 31.1 years for males, and 34.1 years for females. For every 100 females there are 96.0 males.

Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 44,604 households in the city, with an average size of people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 4%, with a median rent of $770/month. The median house has 5.3 rooms, and has a value of $150,000.

The median income for households in Las Cruces, New Mexico is $40,924, while the mean household income is $57,527.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018102,9269580.94%
2017101,9686110.60%
2016101,3571780.18%
2015101,179-96-0.09%
2014101,275-32-0.03%
2013101,3072150.21%
2012101,0928540.85%
2011100,2381,9261.96%
201098,31224,0452.84%
200074,26712,1411.80%
199062,12617,0403.26%
198045,0867,2291.76%
197037,8578,4902.57%
196029,36717,0429.07%
195012,3253,9403.93%
19408,3852,5743.73%
19305,8111,8423.89%
19203,9691330.34%
19103,8360.00%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018217,5221,3360.61%
2017216,1861,4380.67%
2016214,7485970.28%
2015214,151670.03%
2014214,084-310-0.14%
2013214,394-113-0.05%
2012214,5071,3800.64%
2011213,1273,0301.42%
2010210,0970.00%

Population by Race

Race Population
White87,992
Some Other Race4,247
Two or More Races2,931
Black or African American2,606
Asian1,678
American Indian and Alaska Native1,543
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander17

Las Cruces Population Pyramid 2019

Las Cruces Median Age

32.6


Total

31.1


Male

34.1


Female

Las Cruces Adults

There are 77,187 adults, (14,996 of whom are seniors) in Las Cruces.

Las Cruces Age Dependency

62.4

Age Dependency Ratio

24.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

38.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Las Cruces Sex Ratio

Female

51,546

51.03%

Male

49,468

48.97%

Las Cruces Households and Families

Las Cruces Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Las Cruces Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married72.9%27.1%
All53.9%46.1%
Female44.7%55.3%
Male43.7%56.3%
Non Family39.5%60.5%

53.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All39,8092.4953.9
Married15,8713.1572.9
Non Family15,5861.3839.5
Female6,1983.3844.7
Male2,1543.0843.7

3.11

Average Family Size

2.49

Average Household Size

7.3%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Las Cruces Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,5745.84%
9th to 12th Grade4,4797.32%
High School Graduate12,47420.39%
Some College15,19324.84%
Associates Degree5,2528.59%
Bachelors Degree12,05419.71%
Graduate Degree8,14313.31%

Las Cruces Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic31,81625,1105,920
White25,17624,13712,121
Other Race2,7492,100601
Black1,5671,519827
Asian1,3351,249750
Multiple Races1,1861,066514
Native American948800377
Islander1717

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 56.18%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$29,421$31,427$26,739
Less Than High School$13,467$18,678$10,881
High School Grad$21,728$22,613$20,415
Some College$27,668$31,091$25,134
Bachelors Degree$41,132$49,194$37,132
Graduate Degree$56,893$65,945$52,864

$29,421

Average Earnings

$31,427

Average Male

$26,739

Average Female

Las Cruces Language

Las Cruces Language by Age

Las Cruces Language

61.45% of Las Cruces residents speak only English, while 38.55% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 35.53% of the population.

Las Cruces Poverty

Las Cruces Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic57,84016,07327.79%
White34,7896,61119.00%
Other4,13394622.89%
Multiple2,91794332.33%
Black2,56241716.28%
Native1,46133022.59%
Asian1,67827616.45%

24.44%

Overall Poverty Rate

23.97%

Male Poverty Rate

24.89%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Las Cruces

The race most likely to be in poverty in Las Cruces is Multiple, with 32.33% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Las Cruces is Black, with 16.28% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.98%. Among those working part-time, it was 36.76%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 26.86%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School37.10%
Some College17.23%
High School16.46%
Bachelors or Greater8.52%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed66.98%
Male Unemployed49.03%
Male Employed17.42%
Female Employed15.53%

Las Cruces Income

Las Cruces Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$40,924$57,527
Families$55,241$70,041
Married Families$68,107$87,371
Non Families$24,281$35,927

Las Cruces Marital Status

Las Cruces Marital Status

Marriage Rates

41.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.6%

Male Marriage Rate

40.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Las Cruces Married by Age and Sex

Las Cruces Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Las Cruces Marital Status by Race

Las Cruces Veterans

8,095

Number of Veterans

7,300

Male Veterans

795

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,574
Second Gulf War2,361
First Gulf War2,055
Korea1,138
World War II312
Age Group Veterans
35 to 542,125
75+1,873
65 to 741,540
55 to 641,498
18 to 341,059

Las Cruces Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White6,85310.18%
Hispanic2,8786.83%
Black57228.77%
Other2798.34%
2 or More1549.61%
Indian15412.75%
Asian835.79%

Las Cruces Veterans by Education

8.96%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.32%

Veteran Disability Rate

Las Cruces Employment Status

60.3%

Labor Force Participation

55%

Employment Rate

8.3%

Unemployment Rate

Las Cruces Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

47.05%

Born in New Mexico

88.56%

Native Born

11.44%

Foreign Born

7.10%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

88.56% of Las Cruces residents were born in the United States, with 47.05% having been born in New Mexico. 7.10% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.