El Paso, TX
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Living in El Paso


El Paso is a very large city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 683,577 people and 140 constituent neighborhoods, El Paso is the sixth largest community in Texas.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, El Paso is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, El Paso is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in El Paso who work in office and administrative support (16.02%), sales jobs (11.32%), and management occupations (8.60%).

El Paso is home to a number of people employed in the armed forces. When you visit or walk around El Paso, some of the people you will bump into will be military people In and out of uniform, jogging, shopping and generally out and about town.

One thing noticeable about El Paso, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because El Paso is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes El Paso a great place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun. In fact, El Paso is one of the top larger cities in America for educated single professionals to flock.

One important feature of El Paso is that it is one of the most car-oriented large cities in the country. In fact, 82.95% of people commute to and from work every day by private automobile, eschewing alternative forms of transportation, which are not widely available in El Paso anyway. So, if you like to drive, El Paso is the city for you! The landscape around El Paso reflects this: wide streets, parking lots, plenty of highways, malls, and shopping centers are what you'll find.

The citizens of El Paso are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 24.08% of adults in El Paso having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in El Paso in 2010 was $21,120, which is lower middle income relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $84,480 for a family of four. However, El Paso contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

El Paso is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call El Paso home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in El Paso, accounting for 80.79% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of El Paso residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in El Paso include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.

Foreign born people are also an important part of El Paso's cultural character, accounting for 24.48% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in El Paso is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and German/Yiddish.