Not so long ago, New Mexico’s breathtaking scenery enchanted so many visitors that we made it our state motto. Now it’s something far more pragmatic: an enchanting business climate that rivals our 340 days of sunshine.

It’s also a land of great diversity. New Mexico’s complementary cultures, varied geography and dedicated workforce make it an attractive location for many types of businesses. Industries that have established themselves here include aerospace and defense, advanced manufacturing, value-added agriculture, logistics and distribution, technology commercialization, energy and renewable resources, and digital media.

People are moving to the southwest in record numbers and New Mexico has plenty of room for them. They’re moving for the same reason you’re considering it—a good business environment and a quality lifestyle that’s hard to find anywhere else. There’s culture, arts and history, surrounded by a stunning landscape that invites you to come out and play.


Population
New Mexico 2,065,932
Alamogordo 30,639 Las Cruces 98,230
Albuquerque 547,569 Las Vegas 13,750
Artesia 11,314 Los Lunas 14,872
Carlsbad 26,167 Lovington 11,004
Clovis 38,225 Portales 12,403
Deming 14,877 Rio Rancho 88,034
Espanola 10,250 Roswell 48,464
Farmington 45,912 Santa Fe 68,153
Gallup 21,769 Silver City 10,276
Hobbs 34,107 Sunland Park 14,196
Communities with populations greater than 10,000.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Accessibility

New Mexico provides transportation and storage logistics that make doing business simpler. Supported by three interstate freeways, a vast railway system, and a number of regional and international airports, New Mexico offers direct access to much of the United States, as well as the international borders of Canada and Mexico. From New Mexico, it’s possible to reach Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Utah within one day’s trucking, and California markets in two days. Distribution companies, manufacturers, and other business are well-positioned here to serve both east and west coast clients.

  • Interstate Highways: I-40, I-10, & I-25
  • U.S. Highways: 12
  • Railroads: six major rails operated by Burlington Northern Santa Fe & Union Pacific
  • Airports: one international & 60 public
  • Ports of Entry: Santa Teresa, Antelope Wells & Columbus

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Climate

New Mexico is second only to Arizona in days of sunshine per year. The climate is dry and extreme weather conditions are rare.  Elevations in the state range from 2,817 ft. at Red Bluff Lake in the southern Rio Grande Valley to 13,161 ft. on Wheeler Peak in north central New Mexico. While New Mexico is considered a southern state in terms of latitude, bordering Texas and Arizona to the east and west, and Mexico to the south, its elevation provides for four seasons throughout the state.

The normal weather patterns call for warm to hot days and cool nights with scattered thundershowers in the summer and cold nights and moderate days with some snow in the winter. Fall and spring can bring some of the most gorgeous weather, with spring being the most unpredictable.


Geography

New Mexico is the 5th largest state in the union, with a land area of 121,365 square miles. The diverse landscape includes deeply forested mountains to the vast desert of White Sands National Monument. In fact, six of the seven life zones found in the world exist here in New Mexico. These life zones are classified by vegetation types and vary by altitude and orientation to the sun.

New Mexico is roughly bisected by the Rio Grande and has an approximate mean altitude of 5,700 ft (1,737 m). The topography of the state is marked by broken mesas, wide deserts, heavily forested mountain wildernesses, and high, bare peaks. The mountain ranges, part of the Rocky Mountains, rising to their greatest height (more than 13,000 ft/3,962 m) in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, are in broken groups, running north to south through central New Mexico and flanking the Rio Grande. In the southwest is the Gila Wilderness.