Situated on the Mexican border in America’s Southwest, New Mexico is a state rich in history and culture. High populations of Hispanics and Native Americans give the state a diverse demographic makeup and truly distinct culture. Vast expanses of arid and semi-arid land dotted with cacti and sagebrush also create a unique landscape.  New Mexico has the lowest proportion of water area of any U.S. state. Three major Air Force bases, a missile testing range, and an army proving ground are located in New Mexico. Government spending constitutes a particularly large portion of the New Mexico economy. The government is the single largest employer in the state, due in large part to the aforementioned military installations. Virgin Galactic, the world’s first private space tourism company, is based in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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