New Mexico a sparsely populated state and it is home to more than 2 million people. Over 1/4 of the state speaks Spanish, and a small percentage also speak Navajo. Industry growth has been moderate with defense contracting holding a sizeable share of the states GDP. Temperatures are relatively moderate year round but there are harsh cold months in the winter. New Mexicans reportedly have a decent quality of life as well, according to Sperlings.