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3 Reasons To Live In New Mexico

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Situated between the borders of Colorado and Mexico with Arizona to the west and Texas to the east, New Mexico is where Old Mexico and the Wild West meet hi-tech and eco-friendly. It's the only state where you order your enchiladas stacked or rolled. Stay awhile and see the natural spaces and foods that give New Mexico the name the "Land of Enchantment."

1. Some Like It Hot

Chile peppers rule here, especially the famed Hatch chile--fresh, roasted, dried or canned. I just can smell the fire-charred flesh of these colorful peppers. Others are made into decorative ristras, which are strings of whole dried chiles hung in entryways as good luck. Green chile stew, sauce, salsa, you name it and chilies are in it. In fact, the small town of Hatch (population 1,600 plus, located north of Las Cruces) is called the Chile Capital of the World and holds a must-visit huge Chile Festival at the fairground each Labor Day.

2. Hi-Tech To Granola Crunch

From high security to high technology, various areas of New Mexico are known for great-paying jobs in a low-cost environment. Think Los Alamos, Intel, Sagebrush Technology and Schafer Corporation, as well as numerous medical and banking centers. Natural medicine and therapies are extremely popular here with a number of herbal medicine manufacturers of various sizes. With all the sun, alternative energy is big here, namely solar power. The range of employers makes this a state to go job hunting.

3. Climate Control

New Mexico has moderate weather overall. Places such as Albuquerque see winters that are not too cold with little snow and warm summers, but not as brutally hot as other Southwest cities. The northern mountains and higher elevations do see more snow than lower heights, but the surrounding mountains sure are lovely coated in a light blanket of snow. Get rid of your rain boots and enjoy bright blue skies most days. Take advantage of the weather. There is a reason a number of films are made in New Mexico.

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