New Mexico has plenty of rental residential homes available, followed by apartments, townhouses, and condos for rent. The state has a cost of living close to the national average. New Mexico has a strong connection to the indigenous people of the Americas as well as to the Spanish and the Mexicans.
Bernalillo County is the most populous county in New Mexico, and is home to Albuquerque, the city with the highest population in the state. The county has a few national protected areas and Albuquerque is the home base for notable educational institutions and laboratories. Albuquerque also hosts an annual balloon festival. The city continues to grow and has a wide variety of arts and cultural events. Doña Ana County is the second most populated county and home to Las Cruces. The county has the Mesilla Valley and the Organ Mountains on its eastern edge, along with a number of mountain ranges, two small mountains, four large lava fields and a volcano. Las Cruces is the scene of many film and television shoots and host to many museums and cultural events. Santa Fe County is home to the state capital of Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Baldy summit. The county has numerous historical points of interest and a few national protected areas.
The education sector is the largest employer in New Mexico, with University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, Central New Mexico Community College, and Albuquerque Public Schools having the most employees. The state government is also a major employer and Sandia National Laboratories is the largest technology lab employer. The New Mexico state economy is driven by oil and gas production, tourism, and federal government spending. Many federal jobs are military-related and there are three air force bases located in New Mexico. A testing range and an army proving ground and maneuver range are also present. Major private sector employers include Intel, Wells Fargo, T-Mobile, Verizon, Citicards, and Coldwell Banker.