El Paso, Texas is a city of 683,577 (2017 U.S. Census estimate) on the Rio Grande River in the westernmost corner of the state, where Texas touches New Mexico and Mexico. The combined El Paso metro area, which includes Las Cruces, New Mexico and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, comprises over 2.7 million people. El Paso is the county seat of El Paso County. Looking for local movers in El Paso? Check out this list of local Atlas® Agents.
El Paso History
In the 1500s, Spaniards traveling north to the Rio Grande River named the passage between two mountain ranges “El Paso del Norte” (the pass of the north). This area would eventually become the site of El Paso, on the northern bank of the river, and Ciudad Juárez, on the southern bank.
El Paso Weather
El Paso’s climate is transitional between hot and cold desert. The summer heat is dry, and winters are mild and dry. The average high temperature is 96°F in June, and the average low temperature is 33°F in December and January. El Paso sees just under ten inches of rainfall annually and 7 inches of snow.
El Paso Transportation
Sun Metro provides public transportation in El Paso with fixed route buses and LIFT vehicles for disabled passengers. Air travelers come and go via El Paso International Airport, located six miles east of downtown. The major east-west artery is I-10, which connects El Paso to Albuquerque, New Mexico (300 miles to the north) and San Antonio, Texas (550 miles to the southeast). On average, people spend about 22 minutes traveling to or from work.
El Paso Cost of Living
A dollar goes a little further in El Paso. Residents save the most money on average on housing and utilities. The per capita income is $20,050 and the median family income is $42,037. Considering moving to El Paso? Use the links below to gauge your salary’s buying power.
El Paso Schools
El Paso is served by four public school districts, by several private, religiously affiliated schools (Christian, Catholic, Jewish), and by Montessori schools. There are nearly 300 institutions educating students from pre-K through grade 12. El Paso is also home to excellent schools for higher education, such as University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and Paul L Foster School of Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
El Paso Hospitals
There are 17 hospitals in or near El Paso. Las Palmas Medical Center and Hospitals of Providence Memorial Campus are two of the largest. The University Medical Center is a teaching hospital affiliated with the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.
El Paso Real Estate
There are 55 neighborhoods in El Paso, and Mission Hills is one of the most desirable. The median home cost in El Paso is only $122,700, compared to the United States Average of $216,200. The average El Paso two-bedroom apartment costs about $880 per month.
El Paso Hotels
El Paso offers an abundance of two- and three-star properties for your stay. The Hilton Garden Inn is a good choice if you visit the University of Texas, and it’s just a 15-minute stroll from Sun Bowl Stadium. The Camino Real El Paso downtown dates back to 1912. It’s located just a block from the Williams Convention Center, right across the street from the El Paso Museum of Art.
El Paso Restaurants
Many say El Paso is the “Tex-Mex Capital of the World.” See for yourself with a visit to L&J Cafe, where they’ve been serving local and regional favorites for four generations. You’ll probably want to get some salsa to take home with you. If you’re craving a craft beer, or if you like a smooth cigar after dinner, check out The Hoppy Monk. It features an eclectic menu with rabbit tacos, hormone-free burgers, and Trappist mushrooms.
El Paso Things to Do
El Paso offers a nice variety of diversions. There’s hiking, biking, and rock climbing at Franklin Mountains and at Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site. Younger family members will enjoy a day at the El Paso Zoo, with 35 acres of exotic animals and outdoor attractions. Grownups will like the choices for cultural outings, including the El Paso Symphony and museums for archeology, art, and history.