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Pros

-Cost of living
-Dry climate
-Mild winters

Cons

-Isolation
-Violent crime
-Low educational attainment


What Bert Has To Say About El Paso Metro Area


El Paso is a unique American city. Self-sufficient and surprisingly large, the city has a modern downtown, with a commercial district and low skyscrapers, and development spreading mostly to the north and east. Because of its isolation, large industry has never taken root, but the area does have some agriculture, ranching, mining, oil, and “maquiladora” industry powered by low-cost labor from Mexico. Fort Bliss brings a military presence to the economic and social base, and the recent base realignments have helped by locating more facilities and personnel there.

There is an assortment of small museums mostly commemorating the history of the area, and the University of Texas at El Paso adds 16,000 students, a nice campus, and some sports amenities. Nearby geologic areas and the Franklin Mountains State Park offer some outdoor recreational opportunities. The climate, low cost of living, and the “get-away-from-it-all” isolation have made it a popular retirement location. The area is hundreds of miles from a city of any size, but the independent spirit and the availability of low-cost airline flights makes the area less isolated than geography may imply.

The city is located in a flat valley among dry hills. The Rio Grande flows along the southwest border of the city. The Franklin Mountains begin within the city limits and extend northward with peaks up to 7,200 feet. The climate is characterized by an abundance of sunshine throughout the year, high daytime summer temperatures, very low humidity, scant rainfall, and a relatively mild winter season.

Daytime summer temperatures are frequently above 90 degrees, and occasionally above 100 degrees, but nights are usually comfortable. Winter daytime temperatures are mild with freezing night temperatures common during mid-winter. Rainfall throughout the year is light and insufficient for any growth except desert vegetation. Dry periods lasting several months are not unusual. Most precipitation occurs July through September from brief but often heavy thunderstorms. Small amounts of snow fall nearly every winter but seldom remain on the ground for more than a few hours. Spring dust storms and sandstorms can occur.


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Quick Facts About El Paso


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in El Paso is 6.00 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. El Paso jobs have Increased by 1.17 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, El Paso's cost of living is 15.60% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, El Paso's population is 650,778 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 13.72 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 22 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in El Paso is $117,300. Home appreciation the last year has been 0.50 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    El Paso public schools spend $9,521 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 15.6 students per teacher in El Paso.

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Comments


re: EL Yucko, Tx - 3/27/2013
to make a comment like that you have to be on the east side or northeast. i would agree. try the rest of our gorgeous, splendid heavenly town. ... (read more)
re: A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE! - 4/2/2015
love love love el paso. you have to pick the right side of town. if you want the worst of el paso, go east and northeast sides. the rest is absolute heaven. stop... (read more)
A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE!
I love living in El Paso. I know people who have lived here before have said it is boring and the people are rude but I disagree. There is so much to do now. Every... (read more)
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