El Paso, Texas, United States. Best Place

El Paso, Texas, United States. Best Place

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El Paso is the sixth largest city in Texas, United States. The city of El Paso and other nearby cities, such as Juarez and Las Cruces, New Mexico are referred to as The Borderland. In 2010 and 2018, El Paso received an All-America City Award. El Paso is surrounded by many cities and communities in both Texas and New Mexico.

El Paso is located at the intersection of three states (Texas, New Mexico, and Chihuahua) and two countries (the U.S. and Mexico). It is the only major Texas City on Mountain Time. El Paso stands on the Rio Grande across the Mexico–United States border from Ciudad Juárez, the most populous city in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. El Paso is often called the Sun City. El Paso is located within the Chihuahuan Desert. The Franklin Mountains extend into El Paso from the north and nearly divide the city into two sections.

El Paso was named as “El Paso del Norte” (The Pass of the North) by Spanish travelers in 1581. The area wasn’t colonized by Europeans until 1598 when Don Juan de Oñate led an expedition into the territory. In 1848, El Paso became part of the United States and a military post was erected there which eventually became Fort Bliss. The city was incorporated in 1873. El Paso Public Library was the first public library in Texas.

The largest language spoken at home is Spanish, followed by English. Many older El Pasoans speak Spanish regularly in public.

El Paso is home to the University of Texas at El Paso, the largest public university in the region. UTEP was ranked as the 7th best university in National University Rankings, just behind Stanford and ahead of Harvard.  Also, the university’s School of Engineering is the nation’s top producer of Hispanic engineers with M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

El Paso is part of the Chihuahuan Desert. El Paso has a transitional climate between cold desert climate and hot desert climate It receives on average about 8.5 inches of rainfall a year. The sky is usually clear and cloud-free. Summer temperatures can reach 100°F (37.7°C) or more. Winter rarely sees snow and temperatures drop to around 40 or 50°F. During periods of rain, flash flooding can occur.

El Paso has a strong federal and military presence. William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Biggs Army Airfield, and Fort Bliss call the city home. Fort Bliss is one of the largest military complexes of the United States Army and the largest training area in the United States.

Mayors and city council members are elected for four year terms and may not be elected more than twice or serve for more than 10 years in their respective offices. Municipal elections are currently held in May in odd-numbered years, but a voter-approved charter amendment will change this to November in even-numbered years, beginning in 2018.

The city operates under a council–manager form of government. Power is concentrated in the eight-member elected city council and mayor, who hire a manager to carry out its directives and oversee the delivery of public services.

El Paso’s tallest building, the Wells Fargo Plaza, was built in the early 1970s as State National Plaza. The black-windowed, 302-foot (92 m) building is famous for its 13 white horizontal lights. The tower did use a design of the United States flag.The tower is now only lit during the holiday months, or when special events take place in the city.

El Paso economy focused primarily in international trade, military, government civil service, oil and gas, health care, tourism and service sectors. Cotton, fruit, vegetables, and livestock are also produced in the area. Over the past 15 years the city has become a significant location for American-based call centers.  El Paso has added a significant manufacturing sector with items and goods produced that include petroleum, metals, medical devices, plastics, machinery, defense-related goods and automotive parts. The city is the second busiest international crossing point in the U.S. behind San Diego.

36 Replies to “El Paso, Texas, United States. Best Place”

  1. I LOVE EL PASO! I lived there for three months recently, it's so charming and peaceful. If you're going, stay at the AirBnB called "Traveler's Retreat, rest and relax near I-10', it was a beautiful stay there, with a great host. The bar Rubix is fun, and there's so many cool places nearby, such as White Sands, Carlsbad Caverns, Guadelupe, camp in Ruidoso or the Gila National Forest. Back in London now, but I even prefer it to my city, I didn't meet a single crazy out there, it was clean, and I didn't see any homeless people.

  2. I’ve actually really come to like El Paso. I grew up on the opposite side of the state, in Houston, but frequently made the long drive West on I-10 back in the 80’s and 90’s on my way to L.A. (where I eventually ended up moving to for a few years). When I was young, El Paso was only a place to gas up, get some food, and maybe check into a cheap motel for a night to get some rest. It had zero appeal to me back then. Just a stop along the way. As I’ve gotten older, and times have changed, my opinion of El Paso has really improved. Not only is it the most affordable mid-sized city in Texas (and one of the most affordable mid-sized cities in the nation), but it has the best weather/climate in Texas (almost no humidity!), the Franklin mountains are gorgeous, there’s a lot of great views, and the Mexican food is really good and unique for Texas. Sure, it’s isolated. Far from any beaches or other major cities… but as I’ve gotten older I’ve really started to hate crowded places. I can’t deal with Houston anymore. It’s just too big and too much of a stressed-out rat race. Not to mention it’s getting too expensive. El Paso is looking better and better to me as a possible place to move to. All my friends think I’m crazy when I tell them that, but then again most of them have never even been to El Paso, so what do they know? All I know is that I’m ready to get the hell out of this crowded, stressed-out, humid mess. It’s either going to be El Paso, Albuquerque, or Tucson.

  3. EL PASO, TX is the cheapest city in America TEXAS is low Taxes $$$ seriously a 1 bedroom is like $500-$600 & 2 bedroom is $740 WTF you won’t get that in Oregon, California, Boston, Miami, NYC etc….. 😎 !!!!! The down fall there is nothing to do here there College football team sucks BUT they Hockey team is damn good, & there Baseball team is also Damn good & the night life Clubs Bars drinks HOT Women 😍 but no Theme Parks here closes one is San Antonio Six Flags 10 hours drive 😆 !!!!! Notice I didn’t mention Mexico that’s another country and will never go there ever again To much Drug Cartels F*** that last time I went there was back in 04-05 ☠️😠 !!!!!

  4. I love El Paso, I just can't stand that Open Borders Beto and he's gang of theives have become the face of EP. When does a West Sider tell the whole story of my city? Yes he's worth almost 10 million and his wife's family are billionaires and yes he's daddy was a county judge, but that doesn't give him the right to write the history of my city. Sounds like nothing but privilege to me which is fine. I just think the guy needs a unicorn and a magic wand to go along with all his fantasy land bs he brainwashes people with. Clown lol

  5. My Name is Paul EL Paso F*** Sucks💰😠there is nothing to do there very boring all people talk about there is going to Mexico 🇲🇽 to party 🍻 hard get Seriously Drunk and hopefully they come back across the border alive ☠️ that’s how F*** Stupid EL Paso is makes TX look really bad it’s the Democrat Armpit Shit 💩 hole of TX !!!!! That’s why I relocated to Arizona back in 2015 after my 8 years of Military Service Navy Disabled Veteran nowadays Arizona is Bad Ass OH & President Trump for 2 terms 😎🇺🇸💪🏽 !!!!!

  6. El Paso is great… If you're older and wanna start a family life… Other then that I would never live there…… So fucking boring. Nothing to do… Not many job opportunities as well. A lot of people interview for jobs like Plano, Houston, Phoenix AZ , austin… Etc… This place is boring AF

  7. Also a fun fact. Drugs are everywhere there. Literally EVERYWHERE. You cant take a dump in a bar without a group of people doing a bender. I ain't talking weed either. Some of the cheapest prices in America. I lived on the WestSide. Locals will know what I am talking about. I dont do drugs but had friends there who did some who have passed away from them.

    That's the real El Paso. The dark underbelly you never hear about.
    It ALL comes from across the border through the port of entry and from Juarez to Los Cruces

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