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Old 08-12-2017, 04:54 AM
 
Location: City of North Las Vegas, NV
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I didn't see that much of Las Cruces. Whatever you can see on the I-10...

El Paso was funky especially in downtown, all the colorful bridges and being a stones throw from Juarez was interesting. I doubt Las Cruces can get weirder than El Paso. But to be fair, all of the southwest is weird...

Yuma is almost in the Colorado/Mohave desert so saguaros don't really grow there all that much. Saguaros do not grow on the other side in California mainly because of the dunes right there. So Yuma is also more brown than Tucson.

I think that Eddie was calling Las Cruces more brown meaning brown skin as in Hispanics.
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Old 08-12-2017, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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Las Cruces is kind of weird. Most of the old part of town is insanely tacky with the exception of a couple of beautiful neighborhoods down by the river. And the east and west Mesas are both pretty nice. Cruces is also very brown. Much browner than Tucson even but less brown than El Paso.
No I'm talking about the terrain. Tucson is actually one of the greenest deserts you will find.

But Las Cruces and El Paso are mostly hispanic/latino in terms of population as well when compared to Tucson. There is no doubt.
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Old 08-12-2017, 07:07 PM
 
Location: City of North Las Vegas, NV
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No I'm talking about the terrain. Tucson is actually one of the greenest deserts you will find.

But Las Cruces and El Paso are mostly hispanic/latino in terms of population as well when compared to Tucson. There is no doubt.
Oh OK, thanks for clarifying
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Old 08-16-2017, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Valle Luna, Phoenix, AZ
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Well, I am thinking of living in Yuma someday because of the hot summers and and mild winters.I also like Cruces a lot.
I personally hate Yuma and don't see the appeal. Being near the Colorado River also provides a healthy amount of mosquitos that is rather an unknown feature in the rest of the Southwest. Then again Las Cruces is on the Rio Grande so I don't know how that compares.

Yuma is very sleepy and maybe for someone retiring it may be a good thing. I couldn't imagine me right now (in my 20s) being in Yuma with few jobs and near no big cities or airports. If I wanted to be closer to the Colorado River (as it does provide a lot of recreational activities as another poster brought up) with nice winters I'd be looking at Henderson, no where else.

Vegas however is in a drier desert than Yuma so the winters do get slightly cooler, but I view that as a good thing.
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Old 08-16-2017, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Valle Luna, Phoenix, AZ
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No I'm talking about the terrain. Tucson is actually one of the greenest deserts you will find.

But Las Cruces and El Paso are mostly hispanic/latino in terms of population as well when compared to Tucson. There is no doubt.
Tucson is pretty much 50/50 in terms of demographics. In probably the next few years it will be a minority-majority like what we see in New Mexico.

Tucson and Phoenix alike are both considered to be in sub-tropical deserts with being 10-11" inches of rain (10 inches is the maximum limit of precipitation to be considered a desert climate) and Tucson is the closest major city to the heart of the Sonoran desert (the real heart is probably southeast of Sells) which is why Tucson gets to have two national parks dedicated to saguaros. If those parks were up near Phoenix or Yuma it wouldn't be as lush. However both cities get to be considered deserts despite the precipitation limits because of their ecosystem being the stereotypical desert aesthetic.

Yuma is on the fringes of the Sonora and is practically part of the southern California desert (Coronado) that exists in Coachella valley and in and around Palm Springs, Indio, and Calexico. Further north near Bullhead City you get to see the fringes of the Mohave. This is evident when you drive from Phoenix to Yuma you can see it becoming more desolate in terms of plant life.
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Old 08-21-2017, 07:26 PM
 
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I personally hate Yuma and don't see the appeal. Being near the Colorado River also provides a healthy amount of mosquitos that is rather an unknown feature in the rest of the Southwest. Then again Las Cruces is on the Rio Grande so I don't know how that compares.

Yuma is very sleepy and maybe for someone retiring it may be a good thing. I couldn't imagine me right now (in my 20s) being in Yuma with few jobs and near no big cities or airports. If I wanted to be closer to the Colorado River (as it does provide a lot of recreational activities as another poster brought up) with nice winters I'd be looking at Henderson, no where else.

Vegas however is in a drier desert than Yuma so the winters do get slightly cooler, but I view that as a good thing.
Okay to each their own.Well i am used to sleepy towns since i dont live in a big city.I would work from home if i ever lived there and i would either drive to Phoenix for Southwest flights or charter a flight.I dont think Vegas area would be a good place for me and my family.I have been to Henderson though.Yuma has my favorite winters in Arizona.
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Old 08-22-2017, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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Tucson is pretty much 50/50 in terms of demographics. In probably the next few years it will be a minority-majority like what we see in New Mexico.
This is a bit misleading. If you really want to look at an accurate demographic of "Tucson" you really have to look at Pima county. While the city is closing in on a 50/50 demographic the county is still predominantly white. It's about 60% white, 30% Hispanic/latino. In essence most of the white population lives in the foothills or other parts of the county adjacent to Tucson.

Las Cruces has a big county component as well which more than doubles it's population. However the 60% Hispanic/latino to 30% white holds steady in both instances.

Yuma and Yuma county appear to fall into a majority Hispanic/latino level. Not as strong as Las Cruces but much stronger than Tucson.
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