Cost of Living

Most communities in New Mexico offer a lower cost of living than the national average. New Mexico’s low cost of living is a result of reasonable utility rates, low property taxes and attainable home and land prices. The cost of living is also reflected in the state’s competitive wage rates. Additionally, New Mexico offers one of the lowest total cost enviroments for operating businesses.

Video courtesy of the New Mexico Tourism Department.


Few places on earth offer the rich history and blend of cultures you’ll find in New Mexico. The state is the home to dozens of Native American pueblos, tribes and nations. People are drawn to the state’s many historical sites, museums, and celebrations every year. There are nine museums covering a range of interests, from space history to folk art, and approximately 60 total museums throughout the state.

The state operates 35 parks and there are three national parks and ten national monuments here. The most famous of these is Carlsbad Caverns National Park, with some of the largest underground caves and chambers in the world. Nearby Lechguilla Cave, explored to depths of 1,593 feet, is the nation’s deepest cave. White Sands National Monument offers 275 square miles of pure white sand. The Gila Wilderness, an area of mountainous beauty and ancient cliff dwellings, was the first wilderness area to be so designated by Congress. This variety is just part of what makes New Mexico unique.

Every summer thousands come to New Mexico for the Santa Fe Opera season in the world-renown venue that is like no other. The annual Blues Festival held Memorial Day weekend each year draws hundreds of blues enthusiasts to Silver City, a beautiful town in the Gila Wilderness with its own rich history and, today, home to many art galleries.

Nearly any town you visit has its own story of life in the wild ‘old west’ and getting there is an experience in itself. New Mexico is home to 25 magnificent scenic byways, totaling over 2,900 miles across a diverse landscape.


From the stark, arid beauty of southern New Mexico’s deserts to some of the country’s finest ski slopes, this land of breathtaking contrasts offers a myriad of outdoor activities year-round. We have world class whitewater rafting, fly fishing, kayaking, golfing, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, ballooning, wind surfing, cycling and even scuba diving. If it’s an outside activity and you like doing it, you can do it here in abundance.


New Mexico is home to 22 Native American tribes. Their rich history is celebrated today in museums, ceremonial dances, arts and crafts, language, and traditional villages. The annual Santa Fe Indian Market is held the third weekend in August and features more than 1,000 Native artists.

Some of the New Mexico’s most unique events involve its undeniable culture, such as Santa Fe’s Indian and Spanish Markets, Native American dances at the pueblos, and the many fiestas held on town plazas throughout the state. Of course, one of our most picturesque events, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, fills the sky with unforgettable beauty each October. Find your next great adventure now. Adventures that feeds the soul begin here.

There’s no better way to get to know New Mexico than to experience our exceptional museums and historic sites. From dinosaurs to Spanish conquistadors; rocket sleds to ancient pottery; folk art to fine art…the road to understanding and enjoying New Mexico leads through our museums and monuments.


No adventure in New Mexico is complete until you have experienced our cuisine. Unlike any other, it is a blend of flavors from Spanish and Native American cultures that has been perfected over the course of 400 years. At the center of it all is the New Mexican chile, in both red and green varieties, which is used in everything from enchiladas to ice cream. Whether you are looking for a dining experience that has received a James Beard award or an authentic dive off the beaten path, you will find it here.


link_12 Economic Indicators

pdf_12 Brochure: Outdoor Recreation

linkto_12 New Mexico Tourism Department