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 683,080 people and 140 constituent neighborhoods, El Paso is the sixth largest community in Texas.

Unlike some cities, El Paso isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in El Paso are a mix 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 (16.22%), sales jobs (11.58%), and management occupations (8.29%).

There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in El Paso, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.

One of the benefits of being a big city like El Paso is having a public transportation system, but in El Paso the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus El Paso benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.

The citizens of El Paso are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 23.60% of adults in El Paso having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in El Paso in 2010 was $20,391, which is lower middle income relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $81,564 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 80.23% 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 Irish, English, Italian, and French .

Foreign born people are also an important part of El Paso's cultural character, accounting for 24.36% 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.