Las Cruces, New Mexico Population 2020

104,148

Las Cruces is a city located in Doña Ana County, New Mexico. With a 2020 population of 104,148, it is the 2nd largest city in New Mexico (after Albuquerque) and the 301st largest city in the United States. Las Cruces is currently growing at a rate of 0.59% annually and its population has increased by 6.69% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 97,618 in 2010. Spanning over 77 miles, Las Cruces has a population density of 1,354 people per square mile.

The average household income in Las Cruces is $57,458 with a poverty rate of 24.53%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $779 per month, and the median house value is $150,200. The median age in Las Cruces is 32.5 years, 31 years for males, and 34.1 years for females. For every 100 females there are 95.5 males.

“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 Cruces was:

  • White: 86.80%
  • Other race: 4.19%
  • Black or African American: 2.97%
  • Two or more races: 2.79%
  • Asian: 1.70%
  • Native American: 1.52%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%
The current population of Las Cruces, New Mexico is 104,148, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 102,926. The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 97,618.
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020220,1941,3360.61%
2019218,8581,3360.61%
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 Percentage
White88,31786.80%
Some Other Race4,2654.19%
Black or African American3,0172.97%
Two or More Races2,8422.79%
Asian1,7271.70%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,5501.52%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander240.02%

Las Cruces Population Pyramid 2020

Las Cruces Median Age

32.5


Total

31


Male

34.1


Female

Las Cruces Adults

There are 78,177 adults, (15,353 of whom are seniors) in Las Cruces.

Las Cruces Age Dependency

61.9

Age Dependency Ratio

24.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Las Cruces Sex Ratio

Female

52,050

51.16%

Male

49,692

48.84%

Las Cruces Households and Families

Las Cruces Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Las Cruces Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married72.3%27.7%
All52.5%47.5%
Female45.1%54.9%
Male42.9%57.1%
Non Family37.1%62.9%

52.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All39,9342.552.5
Non Family15,7881.3337.1
Married15,7263.2372.3
Female6,0713.3945.1
Male2,3493.1542.9

3.16

Average Family Size

2.5

Average Household Size

7.6%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Las Cruces Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,5135.69%
9th to 12th Grade4,4017.13%
High School Graduate13,12821.26%
Some College15,36324.88%
Associates Degree5,2008.42%
Bachelors Degree11,99019.41%
Graduate Degree8,16213.22%

Las Cruces Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic33,11226,6686,467
White24,14123,10911,416
Other Race2,8262,193570
Black1,8751,757902
Asian1,3621,256779
Multiple Races1,1801,051443
Native American882704334
Islander2424

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 asian people with a rate of 57.20%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$29,643$31,476$27,145
Less Than High School$14,976$19,949$11,451
High School Grad$21,800$22,326$21,345
Some College$28,136$30,633$25,609
Bachelors Degree$40,153$53,844$35,196
Graduate Degree$56,710$68,324$54,348

$29,643

Average Earnings

$31,476

Average Male

$27,145

Average Female

Las Cruces Language

Las Cruces Language by Age

Las Cruces Language

60.98% of Las Cruces residents speak only English, while 39.02% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 35.66% of the population.

Las Cruces Poverty

Las Cruces Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic59,91316,90428.21%
White32,8315,93118.07%
Other4,1941,20528.73%
Multiple2,8021,10439.40%
Black2,96849516.68%
Native1,44736325.09%
Asian1,72427515.95%

24.53%

Overall Poverty Rate

23.49%

Male Poverty Rate

25.50%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Las Cruces

The race most likely to be in poverty in Las Cruces is Multiple, with 39.40% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Las Cruces is Asian, with 15.95% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.77%. Among those working part-time, it was 36.57%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.17%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School37.09%
Some College17.69%
High School17.32%
Bachelors or Greater8.57%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed69.24%
Male Unemployed43.47%
Male Employed17.35%
Female Employed15.76%

Las Cruces Income

Las Cruces Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$40,551$57,458
Families$54,725$70,381
Married Families$69,190$87,245
Non Families$24,292$35,138

Las Cruces Marital Status

Las Cruces Marital Status

Marriage Rates

41.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.2%

Male Marriage Rate

40.3%

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

8,270

Number of Veterans

7,377

Male Veterans

893

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,912
Second Gulf War2,458
First Gulf War1,827
Korea985
World War II297
Age Group Veterans
35 to 541,836
65 to 741,787
75+1,758
55 to 641,623
18 to 341,266
Name Veterans % of Total
White7,08210.42%
Hispanic3,4157.81%
Black46419.83%
Other2908.61%
2 or More18612.54%
Indian17014.21%
Asian785.22%

$Las Cruces Veterans by Education

11.06%

Veteran Poverty Rate

34.09%

Veteran Disability Rate

Las Cruces Employment Status

59.3%

Labor Force Participation

54.3%

Employment Rate

7.8%

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

47.35%

Born in New Mexico

87.84%

Native Born

12.16%

Foreign Born

7.28%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

87.84% of Las Cruces residents were born in the United States, with 47.35% having been born in New Mexico. 7.28% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020104,1486110.59%
2019103,5376110.59%
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%