About El Paso
El Paso is 248 square miles in area, making it the fourth-largest city in Texas, the biggest border city, and the 19th-largest city in America. El Paso is located in the westernmost corner of Texas, right where Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico come together. It is the nation's third fastest-growing metropolitan area. El Paso is the county seat of 1,054-square mile El Paso County. El Paso is on Mountain Standard Time. The City of El Paso repeatedly has been named the City with the Lowest Crime Rate in the United States with a population of over 500,000 residents by CQ Press.
El Paso has no state, county, or city income tax.
The average selling price for a home in 2014 was about $128,000. The military (Fort Bliss) and other government agencies, defense-related businesses and education, retail and wholesale trades, manufacturing and agriculture form the city's economic base. The maquila industry, found just across the river in Ciudad Juarez, is also a major employer.
El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, separated by the Rio Grande, have been uniquely linked culturally and economically since their founding. Over the past 400-years the contributions of native Indians, Spanish conquistadors, Central and South Americans, Europeans and Asians have enriched El Paso's artistic and cultural life. El Paso's low cost-of-living compares very favorably with other major cities. On average, El Pasoans pay 94% of the national average for all items.
El Paso has a number of instituations of higher education in addition to a number of outstanding vocational, technical, and public school systems. El Paso offers exciting recreational opportunities, unique cultural offerings, and is a regional center for employment and shopping. Throughout the year, live music and entertainment, as well as great local dining, can be found throughout the area. Be sure to check out the El Paso Chihuahuas minor-league baseball team that is the affiliate for the San Diego Padres in the new downtown stadium. El Paso offers the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a larger city. If you are seeking a diverse cultural lifestyle and a community in which you can reinvent and reinvigorate yourself, then El Paso is your city!
City Mayor: Oscar Leeser
City Manager: Tommy Gonzalez
Population: 672, 538 (2010 U.S. Census)
Time Zone: Mountain
Area Code: 915
City Web site: http://www.elpasotexas.gov/
Public School Districts
Canutillo Independent School District
El Paso Independent School District
Socorro Independent School District
Ysleta Independent School District
Two-year Colleges and Universities
El Paso Community College
International Business College
Western Technical College
Four-year Colleges and Satellite Campuses
University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Campus
Texas Tech College of Architecture at El Paso
University of Phoenix-Santa Teresa, NM Campus
Texas Tech University-Paul Foster School of Medicine
Web site: http://www.ci.el-paso.tx.us/library/
Largest Employers (2006 estimates)
El Paso Independent School District 8,663
Fort Bliss (civilian employees) 6,803
Ysleta Independent School District 6,500
City of El Paso 6,264
University of Texas at El Paso 4,871
Socorro Independent School District 3,995
Sierra Providence Health Network 3,761
El Paso Community College 3,728
El Paso County 2,700
Las Palmas and Del Sol Regional Health Care System 2,244
Del Sol Medical Center
El Paso Children's Hospital
Highlands Regional Rehabilitation Hospital
Horizon Specialty Hospital
Las Palmas – Del Sol Rehab. Hospital
Las Palmas Medical Center
Providence Memorial Hospital
Rio Vista Rehab. Hospital
Sierra East Medical Center
Sierra Medical Center
Southwestern General Hospital
University Medical Center- The city's general hospital and the only Level I trauma center in the area
William Beaumont Army Medical Center
El Paso is known as the Sun City for its warm and arid climate. Summers are very hot and its winters dry. Temperatures range from an average high of 57.2 °F (14.0 °C) and an average low of 32.9 °F (0.5 °C) in January to an average high of 95.3 °F (35.2 °C) in June and an average low of 72.0 °F (22.2 °C) in July. Rainfall averages 9.35 inches (237 mm) per year, most of which occurs during the summer from July through September.
13 museums, 2 indoor and 1 outdoor theaters, the El Paso Zoo, Western Playland, Wet and Wild Water World, El Paso Chihuahuas AAA Minor League Baseball Stadium, and the Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino.
Big Bend National Park, Carlsbad Caverns, White Sands National Monument, Guadalupe Mountains National Park.