Why El Paso, TX Is a Great Place to Live

Good schools, multiple quality of life choices are available to residents.

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Welcome to El Paso – “The Pass” – an increasingly vibrant and interesting city that sits on the mighty Rio Grande River. The community’s progressive economy includes more than 70 Fortune 500 companies that have offices in El Paso, and the city’s skyline features 10 architecturally pleasing buildings that are at least 13 stories tall.

Here is background on life in El Paso:

Some Quick Stats

El Paso is nicknamed “The Sun City” thanks to 300-plus days of sunshine that grace this west Texas community. El Paso features a strong military presence with Fort Bliss, Biggs Army Airfield and William Beaumont Army Medical Center, and the FBI ranks El Paso among the top three safest cities in America – every year since 1997.

A diverse economy includes strong sectors in international trade, health care, tourism, the military, oil and gas, government civil service and retail, and adding to the overall quality of life is an El Paso Children’s Museum currently under construction and scheduled to open in 2018 in the Downtown Arts District.

Home Sweet Homes

Hello, neighbor – and neighborhoods in El Paso. This unique American city is growing fast, with a modern downtown and several excellent neighborhoods. Those neighborhoods include Castner Heights in the northeast portion of the city, while Emory Road/West Sunset Road is an upscale area with houses that average $300,000 and apartment rental prices at around $1,600. Mission Hills features median home prices of $200,000, while Mountain View has seven parks, two lakes and residents consisting mostly of soldiers stationed at Fort Bliss as well as retired Army personnel.

Park Foothills is a quiet and safe neighborhood with several single-family homes ranging from $135,000-$200,000, and Redd-Mulberry features home prices ranging from $200,000 to $375,000. Silver Springs Village is an upscale community with a culturally diverse population, and Via Hermosa offers scenic parks, ethnic restaurants and home prices ranging from $135,000 to $200,000.

Multiple Choices

A primary focus on good education is in place throughout El Paso, with residents served by four high-ranking districts: El Paso Independent School District, Canutillo ISD, Socorro ISD and Ysleta ISD. Numerous accredited private preparatory schools also serve El Paso students, and higher education choices include the University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso Community College, International Business College, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, Vista College and Western Technical College.

Shop Away

Residents have access to many top shopping opportunities, including The Outlet Shoppes at El Paso that recently added stores and welcomes 8.5 million visitors a year. Other popular shopping destinations include Bassett Place, Cielo Vista Mall, Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss, North Hills Crossing, The Fountains at Farah and The Marketplace at El Paseo.

 

Move It, Move It

It’s easy to find recreation choices in El Paso, such as hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and camping opportunities at the 24,250-acre Franklin Mountains State Park – the largest urban park in the nation and located entirely within the El Paso city limits. In addition, the metro area has 250 parks, 16 recreation centers, 16 golf courses, 10 senior centers, 13 aquatic centers and more than 100 sports fields geared for youth, teenagers and adults.

Talent Show

The arts and culture scene is alive and well in El Paso, with annual festivals like Amigo Airsho, Fiesta de las Flores, El Paso Balloonfest and Neon Desert Music Festival. El Paso has a symphony orchestra, ballet company, three professional theatrical troupes, a dozen museums and excellent entertainment venues.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kevin Litwin is the author of Crazy Lucky Dead and a freelance feature writer with a career spanning more than 20 years. He was previously an editor for a small-town newspaper for ... more

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