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10 Interesting Facts About Las Cruces

Facts About Las Cruces

  • Las Cruces is the second-largest city in New Mexico and the seat of Doña Ana County.
  • The approximate elevation of Las Cruces is 3,908 feet above sea level.
  • Las Cruces is the economic and geographic centre of the Mesilla Valley, the agricultural region on the floodplain of the Rio Grande which extends from Hatch to the west side of El Paso, Texas.
  • the city has a total area of 76.6 square miles, of which 76.5 square miles is land and 0.2 square miles, or 0.18%, is water.
  • The estimated population of Las Cruces is 102,102, as of 2019.
  • Las Cruces is the home of New Mexico State University (NMSU), New Mexico’s only land-grant university.
  • Las Cruces operates 87 city parks, 18 tennis courts, and four golf courses.
  • Las Cruce is headquarters to the world’s first company to offer sub-orbital spaceflights, Virgin Galactic.
  • Las Cruces has two sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International: Ciudad Lerdo, Durango, Mexico & Nienburg, Lower Saxony, Germany.
  • The settlement of Las Cruces was founded in 1849 when the US Army first surveyed the town, thus opening up the area for American settlement.
Facts About Las Cruces
Facts About Las Cruces

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