A new study on the 50 best places to live in the U.S. celebrates cities and towns where a thriving economy meets affordability, diversity and an exceptional quality of life. And one New Mexico city has made the list and I have to admit, I'm a bit surprised!

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New Mexico, also known as the land of enchantment, is best known for its rich cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and unique blend of history and modern attractions. It's also home to many great things like the best Hatch green chile and sopapillas!

New Mexico Sopapilla

And now, one small town is considered one of the 50 best places to live in the U.S.- this is according to money.com!

What New Mexico CIty is Considered One of the 50 Best Places to Live in the U.S.?

According to the study, Las Cruces, New Mexico has been named one of the best places to live in the U.S.!

Money.com says:

Las Cruces is a thriving nexus of Native American, Spanish and Mexican culture. The second largest city in New Mexico (after Albuquerque), it hosts ample festivals — some celebrating salsa (the dance, the music and the dip), others devoted to wine — and its downtown farmers market-meets-craft fair covers a whopping seven city blocks.

They're not lying, that farmer's market is basically world famous!

They also attribute some of that good living to the fact that Las Cruces, New Mexico has an average of 320 days of sunshine per year that only emphasizes the beauty of the southwest!

Now, why was I surprised? I love New Mexico, and I live just about 45 minutes away from Las Cruces! I've always though Las Cruces to be kind of quaint and quiet! I guess that's what adds to the charm of Las Cruces!

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