10 Reasons to Move to New Mexico From California

New Mexico is called the Land of Enchantment for good reason. When you consider the climate, dazzling landscape, national parks, cuisine, and art and music scene, you can see why this state has continued to draw interest from homebuyers across America. In particular, many of our new residents come from California.

California residents arent the only people moving to New Mexico. Companies such as Netflix have recently discovered everything the state has to offer, including a skilled workforce and reasonable housing and living costs.

Moving to New Mexico | Top Ten Reasons

If youre thinking about making the move, here are 10 great reasons. When you start doing your own research, youll almost certainly find more!

The Taxman Goeth

New Mexico is known for its friendly tax laws – including the lowest per capita property tax in the nation. In addition to supplying economic incentives and tax breaks for homes and businesses, you wont have to worry about inheritance, estate, or franchise taxes. More good news, there is no state tax!

Home Sweet Home

The biggest factor in leaving California for most folks? Housing costs. The average home cost in New Mexico was $224,374 as of November 2020. The housing market in New Mexico continues to grow, and the state’s cost of living is one of the lowest in the U.S. You can get a lot of bang for your buck with housing here, even on a brand-new custom home.

Wide Open Spaces

If youre looking for a place where you can stretch out and relax, New Mexico is where you should be. Unlike the cramped confines of big cities, New Mexicos wide-open spaces give our residents the chance to take a breath and take in the natural beauty all around them. There arent many multistory buildings anywhere in the state, and almost every neighborhood has its own hiking trails or is in proximity to outdoor recreational spaces.

History Comes Alive

If youre moving from California to New Mexico, youll immediately appreciate the states rich and diverse history. Up north, Santa Fe is home to the oldest state capital and the state is known as the birthplace of the American cowboy. Other places include El Santuario de Chimayó —located between Santa Fe and Taos—and the town of Lincolns Historic District. In Southern New Mexico, youll also find opportunities to explore native history and learn about the areas most infamous resident, Billy the Kid.

Come for the Weather

Did you know you can still experience four full seasons here? Warm, arid summers and mild winters—with an average daily high temperature of 56 degrees mean lots of sunshine and time outdoors. Seniors and others who are looking for a warm place without humidity have discovered that New Mexico weather is a draw. Its a great place for anyone with allergies, asthma, or other health issues.

Ready to Work!

New Mexico is home to a wide variety of industries, including technology, film and television, and nonprofit research. Aerospace engineering is another key industry – including Spaceport America, the worlds first purpose-built commercial spaceport. Additionally, New Mexicos university systems are world-class, so youll find great opportunities for learning, research, and work at both UNM and NMSU.

Nothing Like Home Cooking

The different flavors and meals youll find in New Mexico reflect the different cultures found throughout the state – Native American, Spanish, and Anglo. Whether its tamales or red chile marinated pork, the different dishes are bursting with flavors that rank from smoky to spicy, and everywhere in between. You can also discover one of the states favorite dishes: the green chile cheeseburger! If someone asks Red or Green?they are asking what kind of chile you want. Christmaschile means both!

Right Next to Everything

There are plenty of beautiful vistas and national parks to discover in New Mexico, including White Sands National Monument. Our central southwest location is also a great starting point for exploration. Imagine road trips or a quick flight to the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Arches, and more. Our neighbor to the north, Colorado, has beautiful mountains and forests, and Arizona and Texas have their fair share of spectacular vistas to explore, too.

Live in Concert

With the return of live music, there are plenty of places to watch a band play in New Mexico. From the Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque to the Cowgirl BBQ in Santa Fe, and lots of outdoor patios in Las Cruces and Mesilla, you can see local and national acts while enjoying hand-crafted beers, excellent cuisine, and the buzz and energy that only live music can bring.

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The wide-open spaces and weather have an effect on the inhabitants of New Mexico. Theyre authentically friendly, laid back, and always ready to welcome new residents. In fact, most New Mexicans will wave as you pass by, whether you know one another or not. Were ethnically diverse with people representing Native American tribes, Latino and Hispanic communities, and African American, Asian, and Middle Eastern communities as well.
Interested in learning more about moving to New Mexico? Contact us or call 855-900-9400.