I don't even come to this forum (Las Cruces) but I saw SF mentioned, so I thought I would see what it was about. I can't answer your question because I have never been to Las Cruces, but I currently live in SF.
As I told a co-worker, while I was living in Missouri my friend took me to NM for my birthday. We went to Alb., drove to Amarillo (with stops in Santa Rosa and Tucumcari), drove back to Alb. the next day, and went to SF. My first time in SF I didn't like it. At all. Matter of fact, I told my friend I wanted to go back to Alb. because I thought the people were snobby. (and it was snowing that day too, and very cold) Then August of that same year I moved to Santa Rosa, NM. it took almost a year for me to come back to SF. But I found that the more I came to Santa Fe, the more I liked it. I even liked it more than Alb., although I never spent time here, until I got a job and had to move here. There are days I don't like Santa Fe, and would rather be elsewhere, but then I'm reminded why I am here and that things aren't really THAT bad here.
I'm sorry it didn't work for you in Santa Fe, but I hope you find what you're looking for in Las Cruces (or Alb.)