QUALITY OF PLACE

New Mexico’s favorable quality of life dynamics confer real and tangible benefits on employers in the state; helping to maximize productivity, minimize cost, and enhance workforce stability.

Favorable Quality of Place Factors

  • Low cost of living, especially housing
  • Mild climate year-round
  • Lack of congestion
  • Diversity/multiculturalism
  • Easy and affordable access to recreational/cultural amenities

Tangible Benefits to Employers

  • Low turnover
  • Low upward pressure on wages
  • Higher productivity
  • Strong ability to recruit talent from other markets

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From the 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 activities.

New Mexico’s weather is as varied as its landscape. Its elevation provides for four seasons throughout the state. Most parts of the state enjoy a very moderate climate and low precipitation.

Few places on earth offer the rich history and cultural diversity found in New Mexico. Visitors are drawn to the state’s many historical sites, museums and celebrations.

Many who call New Mexico home seek out its scenic beauty and countless outdoor recreation activities. And when you’re done for the day, explore New Mexico’s many microbreweries and wineries, from award-winning IPAs to green chile wine there’s something for everyone.

New Mexico’s favorable quality of life dynamics confer real and tangible benefits on employers in the state; helping to maximize productivity, minimize cost, and enhance workforce stability.

LANDSCAPE

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Few places on earth offer the natural beauty and diversity of landscapes you can find in New Mexico.  The state is home to 35 state parks, three national parks and ten national monuments. The most famous of these parks 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 and unique Santa Fe Opera House which offers a panoramic view of the Jemez Mountains to the west and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the east. 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.

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.

RECREATION

From the wide open arid beauty of southern New Mexico’s deserts to some of the country’s finest ski slopes, New Mexico offers myriad 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.

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CULTURE

Few places on earth offer the rich history and blend of cultures you’ll find in New Mexico; as a result, the state provides almost an unmatched range of experiences.

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.

Perhaps 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.

The state offers an unbelievable range of unique events, just a few include; Santa Fe’s Indian and Spanish Markets, Native American dances at the pueblos, classic car shows along Route 66, the annual UFO Festival in Roswell, world-class opera in Santa Fe, 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.

 

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FOOD

No adventure in New Mexico is complete without experiencing our cuisine. New Mexican food 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 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.

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