Quality of Life


Mesilla Vineyard Estates at the La Mancha Subdivision

Mesilla Vineyard Estates is located in the heart of the State of New Mexico’s largest agricultural communities; nestled in the valley’s wine country, it’s one of the great places to live.  Nearby, discover art galleries, wine shops, top restaurants and the historic Mesilla plaza.

The Mesilla Valley is a close-knit community with a rich heritage covered in restored vintage adobe buildings dating back as far as the 1850’s. The valley is a crossroads of unique culture influences from Native American Indians to the travelers who made their journey through the valley on their way to Santa Fe using the historic El Camino Royal Trail.  These cultures have shaped the community today and because of them you will find flavorful cuisine and one-of-a-kind shops, with rich diversity.  The Mesilla Valley includes the city of Las Cruces and the Village of Mesilla. Recently, Las Cruces was listed as one of Money Magazine’s America’s 100 Best Places To Live.  The Mesilla Valley provides a number of parks and trails in the nearby Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks National Monument, which are perfect for hiking, biking or other outdoor adventures of any pace.

Images of the Historic Mesilla Plaza & Las Cruces

Las Cruces & The Mesilla Valley Are Top Ranked!

Mesilla Valley Organ Mountains

  • “Top Recovery Cities in the U.S” – Ranked 14th by CNN Money, 2010
  • “America’s Top Places for Boomers to Retire” – Ranked 3rd by Relocate America.com, 2010
  • “Top 10 Cities for Real Estate Steals” – Ranked 3rd, CNBC, 2010
  • “Best Performing Cities in the U.S.” – Ranked 6th, U.S. News & World Report, 2010
  • “Best Performing Cities in the U.S.” – Ranked 8th, Milken Institute, 2010
  • “Best Small Metro Areas for Business & Careers” – Ranked 14th, Forbes.com, 2011


Rio Grande Theater, Downtown Las Cruces

Las Cruces has over 97,000 as of the 2010 census, which includes about 15,000 students at New Mexico State University during the school year. Doña Ana County population was over 209,000 in 2010.


Average relative humidity: 27%
Average annual rain: 8 inches
Average annual snow: 2 inches
Average winter temperature: 65 degrees
Average summer temperature: 95 degrees

Cost of Living

ACCRA National Average = 100
Las Cruces = 93

Historic Old Mesilla

La Posta Restaurant on the historic Old Mesilla Plaza

The town of Mesilla is the best-known as on of the most visited historical community in Southern New Mexico. Since its’ beginning, around 1848, Mesilla has had a major influence on the economic, cultural, historical, and political life of the Mesilla Valley. From the Gadsden Purchase, to the Civil War, to the Butterfield Stage Coach Trail, to the trial of Billy the Kid, to being a lively social center in the 1880s–Mesilla has been a prominent part of the rich history of the Southwest.

Today, the historic Old Mesilla Plaza is alive with restaurants, gift shops, museums, theater, galleries, a candy factory, entertainment and more. See the historic adobe buildings, church and experience true New Mexican history and culture. Old Mesilla is a must visitor attraction set in the heart of the old west.


The city’s Road Runner Transit offers a citywide public bus system. Adult fares are 50 cents (25 cents for senior citizens, students and disabled). Door-to-door services are also available through Dial-A-Ride, the Las Cruces Airport, and Las Cruces Shuttle.

Air Service

The El Paso International Airport is located approximately 45 miles southeast of Las Cruces via Interstate 10. Direct shuttle service from Las Cruces Shuttle 575-525-1784 is available from various locations around Las Cruces.


Memorial Medical Center Hospital, Main Campus

Las Cruces offers several medical centers. The newly opened Mountain View Regional Medical Center provides a full-service emergency room, specialized woman’s center, comprehensive intensive-care services, surgical care and specialized cardiology center. Memorial Medical Center is a full-service hospital and serves as the acute care facility for the county. PromptCare, First Step Woman’s Health and Pediatrics, the Family Practice Center and Ikard-Memorial Cancer Treatment Center also offer quality services.

Quality of life

Center for Arts, New Mexico State University

As a vibrant, growing city, Las Cruces has been recognized many times by national publications for an outstanding quality of life. Below are some links to local areas of interest!

Other information:

Cineport 10 at the Mesilla Valley Mall

215 Churches, Synagogues & Mosques 
2,500 Hotel Rooms 
8 Golf courses 
3 Libraries 
9 Museums 
81 City Parks & Facilities