Advantages of Choosing Las Cruces

Welcome to Las Cruces!

The City of Las Cruces remains committed to helping businesses — both new and existing. Renewed interest in Las Cruces is growing with manufacturers at the Las Cruces Innovation and Industrial Park as well as throughout Dona Ana County. 

Las Cruces has been recognized for being a great place to start a business, raise a family and retire. The City has again, been ranked by WalletHub as one of the Best Run Cities in the US and the Best Run City in all of New Mexico.  Additionally, over the past several years, the City has also caught the eye of national media with Las Cruces being named one of the “Best Cities in America for Global Trade 2015” and “Best Cities for STEM Careers”.  

Our location at the junction of Interstates 10 and 25, the proximity to the Santa Teresa International Port of Entry and the Union Pacific Intermodal Facility means access to markets throughout North, Central and South America. 1200 STEM graduates a year from New Mexico State University and University of Texas El Paso, contribute to a young, educated and talented workforce.


Free Trade Zone User Benefits

  • Duty Exemption. No duties on or quota charges
    on re-exports.
  • Duty Deferral. Customs duties and
    federal excise tax deferred on imports.
  • Inverted Tariff. In situations where zone
    manufacturing results in a finished product
    that has a lower duty rate than the rates on
    foreign inputs (inverted tariff ), the finished
    products may be entered at the duty rate
    that applies to its condition as it leaves the
    zone -- subject to public interest considerations.
  • Logistical Benefits. Companies using FTZ
    procedures may have access to streamlined
    customs procedures (e.g. “weekly entry” or
    “direct delivery”).
  • Other Benefits. Foreign goods and domestic
    goods held for export are exempt from
    state/local inventory taxes. FTZ status may also
    make a site eligible for state/local benefits
    which are unrelated to the FTZ Act.

Las Cruces Awards & Rankings

  • 4th Best Run City in the U.S., 2020, WalletHub
  • 2019 APA-NM Planning Award for Innovation for the Las Cruces Arts and Cultural District
  • 2019 Heritage Organization Award from New Mexico’s Cultural Properties Review Committee
  • 2019 Creative Tourism Award for "Best Strategy for Creative Tourism Development" from the Barcelona-based Creative Tourism Network
  • 2018 Best Practices Award from NM Infrastructure and Finance Conference
  • One of the Best Small Cities in the U.S. to live and visit, AFAR magazine
  • Insurify – Safest Driving City in NM 2018, Insurify
  • Insurify – LC received Season of Giving Award 2018, Insurify
  • #15 in nation as best place to retire 2018,
  • Best Run City in NM 2017 & 2018, 2020, WalletHub
  • LC Happiest City in NM 2018, WalletHub
  • LC number 15 on its list of 100 communities nationwide,
  • LC one of 14 cities in Southwest with best average credit score 2017, LendEDU
  • 32nd Safest City in the U.S., 2017, WalletHub
  • 6th Best Run City in US 2017, WalletHub
  • Playful city 2017, KaBOOM!
  • 10 Cities for Real Estate Steals, 2010, Best Retirement Destination, 2015, US News & World Report
  • Best City for Global Trade 2015, Global Trade Magazine


  • Commute Times Average 17.8 minutes
      - 2015 ACS Survey
  • Major commercial rail and freight connectivity via BNSF and UP and the Santa Teresa Port of Entry in under 1 hour.
  • Air freight services is provided by all major companies.  Six major commercial trucking firms offer freight service for the region.