Las Cruces cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
IndexLas CrucesNew MexicoNational
Cost of living index9192100
IndexLas CrucesNew MexicoNational
Goods & Services index9194100
Groceries index116105100
Health care index105103100
Housing index8086100
Transportation index98100100
Utilities index7278100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Las Cruces, NM cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Las Cruces, NM is 91, which is 2% lower than the New Mexico average and 9% lower than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Las Cruces, NM are 3% lower than the New Mexico average and 9% lower than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Las Cruces is 2% lower than the New Mexico average.
  • The cost of living in Las Cruces is 9% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Las Cruces is 20% lower than the national average.
  • New Mexico general sales tax is 1% higher than the national average.
  • New Mexico state income tax is 24% lower than the national average.

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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in Las Cruces, NM to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Las Cruces, NM, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Las Cruces, NM salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Las Cruces, NM by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Las Cruces, NM have a median income of $59,147. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,380 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $24,927, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $582.

New Mexico Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
New Mexico5.125%8.688%

New Mexico Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
New Mexico1.7%4.9%
When assessing the complete cost of living in Las Cruces, NM, the New Mexico income tax and the New Mexico sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The New Mexico maximum surtax is 8.688%, and the New Mexico sales tax is 5.125%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 1.7% to 4.9% in New Mexico.

Goods & Services

ItemLas CrucesNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.58$16.093.1%
Beauty Salon $54.29$37.3345.4%
Toothpaste $2.45$2.450.0%
Shampoo $1.07$1.007.2%
Movie $9.39$10.288.7%
Bowling $4.01$4.9318.7%


ItemLas CrucesNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.99$3.805.0%
Fried Chicken $2.25$1.4060.9%
Milk $2.31$2.0115.2%
Potatoes $2.57$3.0114.5%
Pizza $9.94$9.890.5%
Beer $7.93$8.9010.9%

Health Care

ItemLas CrucesNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $95.35$102.166.7%
Doctor $124.44$108.3614.8%
Dentist $95.75$92.533.5%
Ibuprofen $9.11$9.281.8%
Lipitor $427.36$425.820.4%


ItemLas CrucesNational avg.Difference
Home Price $149,200.00$184,700.0019.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,028.72$1,202.4414.4%
Apartment Rent $757.00$949.0020.2%


ItemLas CrucesNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.14$2.244.7%
Tire Balancing $47.69$46.293.0%


ItemLas CrucesNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$109.47$165.9634.0%
Phone $22.69$28.6820.9%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Fairacres, NM94095-5%
Pecan Park, NM1995-5%
Mesquite, NM56978-22%
Vado, NM1,92179-21%
San Miguel, NM1,22180-20%
Las Cruces, NM101,45991-9%

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Las Cruces, NM101,45991-9%
Source: The Las Cruces, NM cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.