If you are retired military, you just might want to retire in Alamogordo, New Mexico.  Nicer rental apartments go for $500-600.   You can easily find homes in the $150,000 range.  Alamogordo is home to Holloman Air Force Base and New Mexico State University.   Of its 32,000 residents, 16.8% are over 65 years of age.   The crime rate is well below the national average and significantly below that of Las Cruces. 

Alamogordo has a regional hospital and the closest airport with commercial flights in in Las Cruces – about 30 miles away.    Built in the 1890’s as a railroad company town, Alamogordo is now completely private and very dependent on the Air Force Base and the University.   Most of the people in town are employed by the Government.     The town has two community theatres, shopping, and several museums including the New Mexico Museum of Space History and an Armed Forces Museum.   There is also a museum dedicated to the Shroud of Turin.  Really.  

The area is also know for the White Sands National Monument.  Rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin is one of the world’s great natural wonders – the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert, creating the world’s largest gypsum dunefield. White Sands National Monument preserves a major portion of this unique dunefield, along with the plants and animals that live here.  For a truly unique experience, schedule a spot on a Full Moon Hike with a park ranger.   The interpretive class is for 40 people and has a minimal fee.   The white desert on a full moon night is something to see! 

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