Las Cruces, New Mexico Population 2021

104,672
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Las Cruces is a city located in New Mexico. With a 2020 population of 104,672, it is the 2nd largest city in New Mexico (after Albuquerque) and the 300th largest city in the United States . Las Cruces is currently growing at a rate of 0.60% annually and its population has increased by 7.23% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 97,618 in 2010. Las Cruces reached it's highest population of in . Spanning over 77 miles, Las Cruces has a population density of 1,361 people per square mile.

The average household income in Las Cruces is $60,116 with a poverty rate of 23.59%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $788 per month, and the median house value is $155,200. The median age in Las Cruces is 32.3 years, 31.3 years for males, and 33.5 years for females.

“The City of the Crosses” serves as the county seat of Dona Ana County, where it is also the most populous city.

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 Cruceswas:

  • White: 85.76%
  • Other race: 5.32%
  • Two or more races: 2.93%
  • Black or African American: 2.76%
  • Asian: 1.79%
  • Native American: 1.38%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.05%
The current population of Las Cruces, New Mexico is 104,672 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 103,432.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 97,618.

Las Cruces, New Mexico Population 2021

2020 and 2021 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021220,0299170.42%
2020219,1129170.42%
2019218,1959170.42%
2018217,2781,1040.51%
2017216,1741,5110.70%
2016214,6636290.29%
2015214,0341010.05%
2014213,933-355-0.17%
2013214,288-162-0.08%
2012214,4501,3240.62%
2011213,1263,0291.42%
2010210,0970.00%

Las Cruces Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White87,56785.76%
Some Other Race5,4335.32%
Two or More Races2,9922.93%
Black or African American2,8232.76%
Asian1,8301.79%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,4061.38%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander510.05%
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Las Cruces Population by Race

Las Cruces Population Pyramid $2021

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Las Cruces Median Age

32.3


Total

31.3


Male

33.5


Female

Las Cruces Adults

There are 78,551 adults, (15,975 of whom are seniors) in Las Cruces.

Las Cruces Age Dependency

63.2

Age Dependency Ratio

25.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Las Cruces Sex Ratio

Female

52,709

51.62%

Male

49,393

48.38%

Las Cruces Population by Age

Las Cruces Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Las Cruces Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Non Family38.2%61.8%
Male42.4%57.6%
Female44.4%55.6%
All53.9%46.1%
Married74.6%25.4%

53.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Las Cruces Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All39,9252.5153.9
Married15,8293.2174.6
Non Family15,5001.3338.2
Female6,3273.4144.4
Male2,2693.0642.4

3.15

Average Family Size

2.51

Average Household Size

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Las Cruces Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,8976.27%
9th to 12th Grade4,3216.95%
High School Graduate13,48621.70%
Some College15,07524.26%
Associates Degree5,3528.61%
Bachelors Degree11,64518.74%
Graduate Degree8,36613.46%
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Las Cruces Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Las Cruces Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic33,49326,8096,474
White24,15923,07411,239
Other Race3,7052,906917
Black1,7061,528811
Asian1,4051,292842
2+ Races1,073967381
Native American896759321
Islander515133

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 64.71%.

Las Cruces Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,803$32,452$28,830
Less Than 9th Grade$14,831$20,630$11,692
High School Graduate$22,673$23,490$22,107
Some College$28,737$30,682$25,688
Bachelors Degree$40,914$55,494$36,553
Graduate Degree$58,589$74,635$55,864

$30,803

Average Earnings

$32,452

Average Male

$28,830

Average Female

Las Cruces Earnings by Educational Attainment

Las Cruces Language by Age

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Las Cruces Language

60.88% of Las Cruces residents speak only English, while 39.12% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 35.67% of the population.

Las Cruces Language

Las Cruces Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic60,55816,44727.16%
White32,5705,76117.69%
Other5,3821,26023.41%
Multiple2,9031,14039.27%
Black2,77946516.73%
Asian1,82929516.13%
Native1,32621716.37%

23.59%

Overall Poverty Rate

22.46%

Male Poverty Rate

24.62%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Las Cruces

The race most likely to be in poverty in Las Cruces is Multiple, with 39.27% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Las Cruces is Asian, with 16.13% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.81%. Among those working part-time, it was 34.67%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.25%.

Las Cruces Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade35.64%
Some College17.05%
High School16.78%
Bachelors or Greater7.49%

Las Cruces Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed58.43%
Male Unemployed38.75%
Female Employed16.30%
Male Employed15.21%

Las Cruces Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Las Cruces Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$43,022$60,116
Families$55,911$72,607
Married Families$71,754$91,104
Non Families$24,722$37,488
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Income by Household Type

Las Cruces Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

41.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.2%

Male Marriage Rate

39.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Las Cruces Married by Age and Sex

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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 55-64.

Las Cruces Marital Status by Race

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Las Cruces Marital Status

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8,203

Number of Veterans

7,279

Male Veterans

924

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,777
Second Gulf War2,575
First Gulf War1,796
Korea757
World War II194

Las Cruces Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 541,867
65 to 741,723
55 to 641,674
75+1,624
18 to 341,315

Las Cruces Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White6,90310.23%
Hispanic3,5117.97%
Black50323.92%
Other Race4139.69%
Native American20817.05%
2+ Races1408.96%
Asian362.34%

Las Cruces Veterans by Race

Las Cruces Veterans by Education

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10.40%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.58%

Veteran Disability Rate

Las Cruces Veterans by Education

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58.8%

Labor Force Participation

54.2%

Employment Rate

7.3%

Unemployment Rate

Las Cruces Employment by Age

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Las Cruces Employment by Race

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Las Cruces Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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47.84%

Born in Las Cruces

87.78%

Native Born

12.22%

Foreign Born

6.90%

Non Citizen

5.32%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

87.78% of Las Cruces residents were born in the United States, with 47.84% having been born in New Mexico. 6.90% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Las Cruces Place of Birth

Note: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021104,6726200.60%
2020104,0526200.60%
2019103,4326200.60%
2018102,8128490.83%
2017101,9636500.64%
2016101,3132000.20%
2015101,113-79-0.08%
2014101,192-46-0.05%
2013101,2381930.19%
2012101,0458330.83%
2011100,2121,9281.96%
201098,28424,0172.84%
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%

Las Cruces Population by Year