New Mexico August 12, 2016
18 Reasons Living In New Mexico Is The Best – And Everyone Should Move Here
Given that New Mexico’s population hovers at a little over 2 million and there are roughly 318 million folks living in the U.S., most people haven’t gotten the memo that our state is an awesome place to live. On the one hand, we’d like to keep it that way. Then again, we also feel obliged to share the enchantment of the Land of…well, Enchantment, with others. (Added bonus: this also acts as a public service announcement to inform people that New Mexico is one of the 50 states.)
1. New Mexican culture is a unique blend of Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo influences.
2. As a result, our cuisine is both distinctive and delicious. Breakfast burritos, sopaipillas, green chile cheeseburgers… what more could you want?
3. Speaking of chile, we grow the best in the nation (maybe even the world).
4. Some kind of annual celebration is always taking place, from alien festivals to balloon fiestas, crane festivals (pictured) and wine festivals.
5. While we’re on the subject of wine, did you know that New Mexico’s vines are some of the oldest in the country? Monks smuggled them out of Spain and began cultivating them here around 1629!
6. Ours is an old state with a long history, from dinosaurs to the Clovis people and highly sophisticated Native American cultures.
7. We have three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Chaco Canyon National Historical Park, Taos Pueblo, and Carlsbad Caverns National Park. That's more than any other state.
8. We have architecture like this…
9. The arts flourish in New Mexico. Painting, theater, world-class opera. We have it all.
10. The job market is diverse. Key industries include aerospace and defense, energy, agriculture (chiles in particular), government, and tourism. It’s also one of the few places where you can call yourself an artist without necessarily needing a day job.
11. The cost of living is reasonable. In most parts of the state, it hovers around the national average.
12. New Mexico is called the Land of Enchantment for a reason. Our landscapes are unparalleled.
13. And it's easy to get out there and explore them. There are more hiking trails here than you could walk in a lifetime. Other fun activities include cycling, horseback riding, climbing, rafting, kayaking, and even ballooning.
14. When you're craving solitude, it's never far away.
15. Even in our cities, the air is clean. Albuquerque and Santa Fe have both appeared on lists of the least polluted cities in the U.S.
16. Light pollution is also low, which allows us to marvel at night skies such as these.
17. During the day, there’s lots of sunshine.
18. And our sunrises and sunsets blaze with color.
What’s your favorite part about living in New Mexico? Is it the
natural beauty? Our state’s lengthy history? The small towns? Or the food?