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For retirees set on living in the Southwest, the state of New Mexico can be far less expensive than other popular areas such as Arizona. Lower tax rates and cost of living, combined with beautiful natural scenery and mild climate, make New Mexico a wonderful place to call home.
Known as "The Land of Enchantment", New Mexico is filled with jagged snowy mountains and dense forests in the north. There are wide spaces of pink-and-orange deserts as well as white 'mesas' (table-top-shaped cliffs made from the mineral gypsum), where many enjoy hiking, skiing and great vistas.
New Mexico has much to offer retirees including unique cuisine, art, and architecture compliments of the state's demographics, which are unique for their strong Spanish, Mexican, and U.S. American Indian cultural influences.