LCSN: Las Cruces looks better than ever to potential residents

April 13, 2010. Retrieved online: April 13, 2010, from Brook Stockberger, Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS CRUCES – When asked what drew him to Las Cruces five years ago after he retired from Ohio, George Evans looked up to the blue sky and smiled.

“This,” he said.

Much has been written during the past decade about the benefits of living in Las Cruces. Most recently, Where to Retire magazine selected Las Cruces to profile as a top retirement town in its May/June issue.

While many real estate professionals expect that once the national market improves and more homes sell, more retirees will be coming to town, many are already here and have played a large role in shaping the community. Las Cruces has gained three new hospitals – which have attracted a host of other medical care businesses – in less than a decade, in large part due to the increase in the retirement population.

In addition, the location of New Mexico State University in the city, the relatively cheap cost of living and the size of Las Cruces – not too big and not too small – have all been attributes cited by publications to tout the city as a great place to spend your golden years.

And, of course, there is the weather.

…Christopher Erickson is a professor of economics at New Mexico State University and keeps close tabs on the local economy.

“We have great weather and a lot of seniors like to retire in a university town,” he said. “Relative to many other places, it is very affordable to live here.”

Having NMSU in town is a benefit as well.

Read the Las Cruces Sun-News article.

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