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By Matthew Narvaiz, Albuquerque Journal

The New Mexico State Land Office is one of the best places to work in the country, according to a recent national ranking.

That’s according to USA Today, which ranked the office 22nd nationally among organizations with 150 to 499 employees in its annual Top Workplaces USA Award. The State Land Office was the only New Mexico-based organization to rank in the top 25, according to a news release, regardless of size or sector, and were the only government agency in its category.

“Every one of the 180 individuals who work at the State Land Office contributes to us being named a Top Workplace,” Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard said in a statement. “We have placed an emphasis on creating a better work-life balance for our team and the results have been amazing. Our employees are committed to their jobs and do them very, very well. This truly is the best place to work, and it is amazing to be recognized as one of the best employers nationally.”

According to the news release, the State Land Office previously won a Women-Led Organizations Award as part of the October 2023 Top Workplaces Culture Excellence national awards.

The State Land Office qualified for these awards after it was named the No. 1 midsize employer by the Albuquerque Journal last year.

This article originally appeared in the Santa Fe New Mexican.