Mayor hails new estimate as sign of good economy
This estimate was based on building permits for housing units.
"The milestone was reached between July 1, 2012, when the population estimate was 99,665 and April 1, when the population estimate was 100,984," the city said in a statement.
Mayor Ken Miyagishima said cracking 100,000 residents was "tremendously important news for us as a community. It signals a continued healthy economy, and proves Las Cruces remains a desirable place to live, work, play and retire."
If the estimate is correct, Las Cruces would be second city in New Mexico with a population of at least 100,000. Albuquerque's estimated population by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2011 was almost 553,000.