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With sunny weather, a great community of people, and plenty of ways to stay active, it’s no surprise that Las Cruces is continually ranked as one of the “Best Places to Retire in the U.S.” In fact, approximately 20% of the local population is over the age of 60. Here’s a look at the top reasons so many people choose to spend their golden years in Las Cruces.

Ideal Weather

The desert has always been a popular destination for snowbirds. The Mesilla Valley only sees a couple days of snow (if that) per year. With over 300 days of sunshine, it’s not uncommon for locals to continue to enjoy the outdoors all year long. While temperatures may soar in the summer, it’s nothing compared to the triple digits they regularly endure in Phoenix. Plus, anyone from the East Coast or the South can appreciate the almost complete lack of humidity.

Low Cost of Living

Optimized Rtmt3 300daysofSUNAccording to Forbes, the overall cost of living in Las Cruces is 11.3% below the national average, and we’re still coming in below average on housing, utilities, transportation, and health costs.

Want to see how Las Cruces measures up against other cities around the country? Try out the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance’s free online Cost of Living Calculator. Just enter in your current income and where you’re moving from, and the calculator will tell you how much you’ll be saving on groceries, health, housing, and utilities if you move to Las Cruces. It will also calculate how much it will cost to maintain the same standard of living. For example, if you’re living off an income of $50,000 in Los Angeles, California, the comparable income in Las Cruces is just over $35,000.

               Quality Healthcare

Las Cruces boasts an outstanding cadre of quality medical professionals covering a wide range of specialties. The city is also home to two top-notch, full-service hospitals—MountainView Regional Medical Center and Memorial Medical Center—with another one in the works—Las Cruces Regional Medical Center at Park Ridge. There are also numerous home health and assisted living resources. Visit our Healthcare in Las Cruces page for a more complete listing.

 Active Lifestyle

A happy and successful retirement is dependent on staying active and maintaining social relations. Las Cruces excels in this area! Whether you prefer to get your heart pumping, exercise your brain, or soak in the culture, there’s never a lack of things to do in this area—and many are geared specifically towards seniors. Here’s some ideas to get your started:

The Senior Circle program operated by MountainView Regional Medical Center offers a wide variety of activities like language and music lessons, tai chi, dancing, and even a fitness class called “Laugh Your Abs Off.” Other benefits, for just a $15 annual membership, include health seminars, free meals, and healthcare discounts.

Dona Ana Community College’s Continuing Education program runs the Academy for Learning in Retirement. Courses cover everything from notable local leaders to history, culture, and art.Optimized Rtmt2 SilverSneakers

Several local gyms participate in the national SilverSneakers program, which provides access to fitness equipment and exercise classes specifically designed for seniors.

If you love to golf, you’re in the right city! There are four beautiful courses right here in the city and several others just a short drive away. Red Hawk Golf Course hosts events and tournaments all year round. Improve your game with the PGA professionals at NMSU Golf Course and enjoy the stunning views from the Sonoma Ranch Golf Course. In addition to golf, members of Picacho Hills Country Club can also take advantage of tennis, swimming, and other social activities.

The City of Las Cruces operates a Senior Programs division offering programs at 5 different senior and community centers including chess, bridge, art classes, writing and book clubs, and support groups. They also have a nutrition program and volunteer opportunities.

There are several residential villages geared towards active seniors. Good Samaritan offers a multitude of activities and events, as do the Trails West, Encantada, and Golden Mesa retirement communities. Visit Las Cruces magazine’s Seniors and Assisted Living pages for more options.

Visit our Recreation and Entertainment pages for many more ways to stay active!