According to statistics maintained by the City of Las Cruces, the city’s population surpassed the 100,000 mark as of April 1. The milestone was reached during the period between July 1, 2012 when the population estimate was 99,665 and April 1, when the population was estimated at 100,984.
“This is tremendously important news for us as a community,” said Mayor Ken Miyagishima. “It signals a continued healthy economy, and proves Las Cruces remains a desirable place to live, work, play and retire.”
According to Tom Murphy, MPO Officer for the Metropolitan Planning Organization, “We estimate population by tracking building permits for housing units.” Housing units are identified as single family, multi family, townhouses and triplexes. “Our figures indicate the existence of 45,395 total housing units within the city limits. Based on an occupancy rate of 97.8% that puts us at 44,409 occupied housing units. We estimate approximately 2.27 occupants per household in the City. “
In addition, Murphy said there is usually a 90-day lag between the time a building permit is pulled and a certificate of occupancy is issued. “So if the City issued a building permit in December, chances are the housing unit would be occupied in April, which is the month we estimate the population figure peaked at more than 100,000,” Murphy said.
“Las Cruces continues to be the second largest and one of the fastest growing cities in New Mexico. And hopefully, surpassing the 100,000 mark will make us even more attractive to businesses and industries interested in locating in cities with larger populations,” Miyagishima said.